Laws and Legislation

Legislative Websites

Legislative sites offer information about bills under consideration, the process of making laws, and usually much more.  (Library of Congress)

Redesigned site for the U.S. Congress.  All material from Thomas should be moved over by early 2014.

Thomas (Library of Congress)

Legacy U.S. Congressional site that should redirect to the new site,, above.

State Legislative Websites Directory (National Conference of State Legislatures)

Legislative websites for all the states.


Federal Law

An extensive guide can be found at the Library of Congress site:  Guide to Law Online:  United States Law:  United States Code, Statutes at Large, and Public Laws.


Public Laws

Slip Laws are published in pamphlet form.  Here is the description from the National Archives:

“The slip law is an official publication of the law and is admissible as "legal evidence" (1 U.S.C. 113). The OFR assigns the permanent law number and legal statutory citation of each law and prepares marginal notes, citations, and the legislative history (a brief description of the Congressional action taken on each public bill), which also contains dates of related Presidential remarks or statements). “  -- from the site at (

Slip Laws are online from the 104th Congress (1995-1996)  on.    

Slip laws are later published in the volumes of the Statutes at Large (below).


United States Statutes at Large

“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.” -- from the site

The Statutes at Large are online from the 82nd Congress, First Session (1951).

Statutes at Large before 1951 can be found in Federal Depository Libraries .


United States Code

“The United States Code is a consolidation and codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States. It is prepared by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the United States House of Representatives.” -- from the site

The United States Code can be found online in several versions.  Details at the Library of Congress site.

Earlier years of the United States Code can be found in Federal Depository Libraries .


Federal Regulations and Administrative Opinions

Federal Register

The Federal Register “provides legal notice of administrative rules and notices and Presidential documents in a comprehensive, uniform manner. “ -- from the National Archives site.  A daily preview, daily Federal Register issues, and a searchable version of XML files from 1994 are available, linked from the National Archives page.

Issues of the Federal Register before 1994 can be found in Federal Depository Libraries .


Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)

“The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is a codification (arrangement of) the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government. “ -- from the National Archives site.  Online access to different versions of and indexes to the CFR can be found at a guide page from the National Archives .



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