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Legal Reference

Tools and tips for finding legal references.

Current Bills & Legislation

Public and Private Laws/Slip Laws

The first publication of law usually unbound pamphlet, published by the Office of the Federal Register (OFR), National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

Statutes at Large or Session Laws/Public Laws

The United States Statutes at Large, typically referred to as the Statutes at Large, is the permanent collection of all laws and resolutions enacted during each session of Congress. The Statutes at Large is prepared and published by the Office of the Federal Register (OFR), National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Every public and private law passed by Congress is published in the Statutes at Large, in order of the date it was enacted into law.

Statutes

Codified in U. S. C by 50 subject/topic areas. Annotated codes such as USCA (search within LexisNexis Academic). Includes useful references to cases that interpret the law also contain references to law review articles, other related regulations or statutes, and summaries of cases which focus on the code section.