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Statutory Law, Federal
The sources for Federal statutory law are readily available in the Sprague Library.
The Constitution of the United States is the source of legal authority for all Federal and state governments in the country and can be found in a wide variety of locations. The most likely are listed below:
The edition online at the National Archives
Copies at the beginning of the U.S.C. and U.S.C.A.
Online in both LexisNexis and Westlaw.
After a bill becomes a law it is first published as a slip law and then in
chronologicalorder within the United States Statutes at Large. The
current edition of United States Statutes at Large is only available in the Legal Reference collection.
The United States Code and United States Code Annotated contain the statutes organized into 50 broad subject areas called titles. The relevant cases, historical notes, and cross-references that are contained in the annotations in the U.S.C.A. will make it an invaluable tool for your legal research. Paper editions of both are available in the Legal Reference collection and are online as well through Westlaw and LexisNexis. (see below)
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.
Statutes are published in chronological order, not by subject.
The current edition is only published in hard copy, with some older editions being available online at the link above.
Legal Reference: KF50 .A3
Combines the official text of the US Code with relevant cases, historical notes, indexes, cross-references, and other annotations. It also includes the US Constitution, selected Code of Federal Regulations provisions, presidential documents, and federal court rules.
Legal Reference: KF62 1927 .W45