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Tracing Federal Legislation

This guide provides resources you can use to assemble a legislative history of a law, act, or bill.


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Reference Books

The books listed below are useful when researching law, not bills.  They can be found in the Reference Area on the 2nd floor of the Library.  These cannot be checked out.

United States Code Annotated
KF62 .U5
Comprises all laws of a general and permanent nature under arrangement of the official Code of laws of the United States, with annotations from Federal and State courts.

United States Code Congressional and Administrative News.
KF48 .U5
Contains public laws, legislative history, proclamations, executive messages and orders, administrative regulations, lists of committees, indexes & tables, for each session of Congress.

United States Statutesat Large
KF50 .U5
The United States Statutes at Large, prepared by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, provide a permanent collection of the laws of each session of Congress in bound volumes.

Congressional Index.
The Congressional Index gives you weekly information on congressional activities. It's published at the beginning of each Congress and updated with new material throughout the following two years. With the Congressional Index , you can keep track of Congress' activities.  Our subscription goes through 2009. 

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