U. S. Federal Statutes

U.S. Code

  • United States Code {U.S.C.}. FED or G,FED KF 62 [year]. The official, government-published version of the Code. Published every 6 years; the 2000 edition is currently being replaced by the 2006 edition.

    The current Code is also available online via FDsys, via Cornell's Legal Information Institute, and via FindLaw.

  • United States Code Annotated {U.S.C.A.}. FED or G,FED KF 62 1927 .W45. West's annotated version of the Code, which is more up-to-date than the official version. It also contains digests of cases interpreting the statutes as well as legislative history notes to help the researcher.

    The current USCA (USCA) and historical versions going back to 1990 (USCAxx, where 'xx' represents the last two digits of the year) are available through Westlaw Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (USCA).

  • United States Code Service (Lawyers' Edition) {U.S.C.S.}. FED KF 62 1972 .L38. LexisNexis' annotated version of the Code, more up-to-date than the official version. It also contains digests of cases interpreting the statutes as well as legislative history notes to help the researcher.

    The current USCS is also available for browsing or searching through LexisNexis Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (USCS), and for searching through ProQuest Congressional Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community

U.S. Statutes at Large

  • United States Statutes at Large {Stat.}. FED KF 50 .A25. Laws passed by Congress arranged in chronological order.

    Also available electronically:
    LexisNexis Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (STATLG) has the statutes enacted 1789 to current year available for searching.
    Westlaw Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (US-PL-OLD) also has the statutes enacted 1973 to 2004 available for searching.
    ProQuest Congressional Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community has the statutes enacted 1988 to the present available for searching.
    Library of Congress' United States Statutes at Large. A free site for statutes passed by the 1st through the 42nd Congresses (1789-1873).
    HeinOnline U. S. Statutes at Large Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community has full text PDF statutes from 1789 to current.

Public Laws (Slip Laws)

  • Public Law. FED KF 50 .A27 (Reserve). Laws which have not yet been gathered together into a bound volume.

    The equivalent for the current Congress is available electronically:
    LexisNexis Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (USCS - Public Laws).
    Westlaw Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (US-PL).
    THOMAS. A free site from the Library of Congress.
    ProQuest Congressional Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community provides for searching laws passed by the current Congress by limiting the search to the highest-numbered Congress.

Bills and Pending Legislation

The Pritzker Legal Research Center does not receive bills in print format. However they are available electronically from several sources:
  • THOMAS. A free site from the Library of Congress. Search for bills from the current as well as previous Congresses dating back to the 93rd (1973-1974).
  • FDsys. A free site. Search for bills in the current or in several previous Congresses (going back to 1993).
  • ProQuest Congressional Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community allows for searching either the full text of current bills, or bill tracking information for legislation in the current Congress.
  • LexisNexisAvailable from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community has bill text (Congressional Full Text Bills - Current Congress) and bill tracking (Bill Tracking Report - Current Congress) databases covering legislation in the current Congress.
  • WestlawAvailable from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community also has databases covering the texts of Congressional bills (CONG-BILLTXT) and bill tracking (US-BILLTRK) for the current Congress.
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