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Researching a Legal Topic


Finding Federal Laws

This guide highlights some of the legal resources available to the BC Community. Law School students may want to go directly to the Law Library's website.

Finding Public and Private Laws

Popular Names of US Laws

Finding laws can sometimes be difficult if the name by which the law is popularly known differs from its official name.  The links below allow one to search by the popular name in order to determine the actual name.

U.S. Code

The U.S. Code is the official record of active, public laws in the country.  It is arranged topically in 50 "titles."  Public Laws are often broken up into the appropriate title of the Code and citations are provided to the Public Law and the Statutes at Large (where legislative histories can be found).

How Our Laws are Made

Finding Legislation

For information on finding bills, joint resolutions, and simple and concurrent resolutions, please see the Bills and Resolutions tab in the Congressional Publications research guide.