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Federal Statutes and Session Laws
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ASU Library Catalog
Begin your search with the library catalog to determine if the book is available in an ASU Library. Available print books can be requested for delivery to the Law Library for checkout or you can request to have pages scanned and emailed.
If you cannot locate the book in the catalog, use the ILL Request Form to submit an interlibrary loan request.
Books for cite checking assignments are checked out to the requesting student’s library account and are subject to all policies regarding library material. Please do not relocate library books to the journal office without first checking the items out.
Searching for Older Books - Digital Repositories
If the book was published prior to 1923, it is out of copyright, and may be freely available on the web. Try these digital libraries for older material before you request them through interlibrary loan:
ASU Library Catalog - Journal Title Lookup
Google and Google Scholar
Some journals make recent articles freely available as PDF files on their website so we recommend checking the journal's home page. Google Scholar may point you to a PDF copy as well, especially if the journal is online-only.
The HeinOnline Law Journal Library provides online, image-based access to law periodical titles. HeinOnline contains numerous complete runs of titles from the first volume, predating coverage available on either Lexis or Westlaw for most titles. It's most attractive feature for cite checkers is that it contains full-text exact page images of law reviews and journals, U.S. Reports, the Federal Register, and other primary and secondary legal sources. There is no difference between looking at a PDF version of a law review volume and looking at the actual print volume. In addition, Hein provides information on how it can be utilized as a cite-checking tool in its Cite Check in Seconds guide.
Westlaw and Lexis
The Westlaw Journals and Law Reviews and Lexis Law Reviews and Journals databases contain hundreds of full text law reviews and bar journals. These periodicals can be searched as a group, individually, by topic or jurisdiction.
Indexes can be helpful in identifying articles on a topic or by an author or to fill in missing information of a citation. They also complement Westlaw or Lexis because even though they don't have the full text of an article, they may cover journals not included in Westlaw or Lexis.
Ulrich’s Periodical Directory
Ulrich's Periodicals Directory is a source of detailed information on more than 300,000 periodicals (also called serials) of all types: academic and scholarly journals, e-journals, peer-reviewed titles, popular magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and more. Ulrichsweb covers more than 900 subject areas. Ulrich's records provide data points such as ISSN, publisher, language, subject, abstracting & indexing coverage, full-text database coverage and tables of contents, and reviews written by librarians. TIP: Use the advanced search to narrow by language, by subject, to find journals that have ceased publication, etc.
Note about newspapers: It is difficult to obtain reproductions of current print newspaper articles. Electronic materials are significantly easier for the Law Library to help you access.
New York Times
Los Angeles Times
Wall Street Journal
Content from hundreds of newspapers can be accessed within the many journalism databases available through the ASU libraries. Check the database summary for particular titles, geographic regions of coverage, and dates of coverage.
The first official publication of an enacted federal law, whether public or private, is a slip law. Public laws are those that affect society as whole and are indicated with "Pub. L." Private laws are intended for individuals or small groups of people.
Copies of slip laws are available in the Document Offices of both the House of Representatives and the Senate, as well as available from the Superintendent of Documents. Slip laws can be accessed online at:
Public laws are also reprinted by public law number in the unofficial United States Code Congressional Administrative News (USCCAN). USCCAN publishes new laws monthly via advance sheets and then issues bound volumes at the end of each Congressional session. USCCAN is available in print in the Law Library Core at KF48 .U52 and electronically on Westlaw (Westlaw password required).
At the end of every Congressional session the slip laws are compiled, indexed, and published in bound volumes. The official compilation of the laws of each session of Congress is the Statutes at Large, indicated by "Stat."
Statutes at Large is available in print in the Law Library Core at KF50 .U5. It is available online at:
The United States Code is the official statutory code of the federal government – it is the subject arrangement of all federal public laws and is published by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Code has 53 titles; each title is divided into chapters and further subdivided into sections. The U.S. Code was first published in 1926. A new edition is reissued every six years and is updated annually with cumulative bound supplements. It is available online at:
There are two commercially published versions of the U.S. Code that are not official: the United States Code Annotated and the United States Code Service. These are both annotated versions of the Code and include historical notes, cross-references, and a Notes and Decisions section for each statute.
Proposed laws are introduced in Congress as bills or joint resolutions. House bills are indicated by “H.R.” and Senate bills are indicated by “S.” House Joint Resolutions are indicated by “H.J. Res.” and Senate Joint Resolutions are indicated by “S.J. Res.” Take note that as bills go through the legislative process, they can be changed many times.
Bill text can be accessed through the following sources:
Committee Reports and Conference Reports
Conference reports are numbered as either a House or Senate committee report and considered part of the same series. House reports are indicated by H.Rept. [Congress No.]-[Report No.] and Senate reports are indicated by S.Rept. [Congress No.]-[Report No.].
Committee and conference reports can be accessed through the following sources:
A hearing is a meeting or session of a Senate, House, joint, or special committee of Congress. Hearings can be accessed through the following sources:
Discussions on the floors of Congress are available in the Congressional Record. The Congressional Record can be accessed through the following sources:
Other Congressional Documents
The Federal Register is the official daily publication for final regulations, proposed regulations, notices of administrative actions, presidential proclamations and executive orders, reorganization plans, and other documents either required by statute or ordered by the President to be published.
The Federal Register can be accessed through the following sources:
Code of Federal Regulations
The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is the annual codification of the final regulations of federal agencies. It is divided into 50 titles, which represent broad subject areas. Each title is revised once a year; the schedule for revision is:
Titles 1 through 16 —January 1
Titles 17 through 27 —April 1
Titles 28 through 41 —July 1
Titles 42 through 50 —October 1
The Code of Federal Regulations can be accessed through the following sources:
Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg Law all have most published state and federal court cases available online.
U.S. Supreme Court Cases and Court Documents
Information on searching for and accessing U.S. Supreme Court opinions, orders, and court documents including dockets, briefs, and petitions for certiorari can be found on the Ross-Blakley Law Library U.S. Supreme Court Research Guide.
Other Federal Court Cases and Court Documents
Information on searching for and accessing other federal court cases as well as federal court dockets and court filings can be found on the Ross-Blakley Law Library Federal Courts Research Guide.
Information on locating Arizona slip laws, session laws, and the Arizona Revised Statutes (official statutory code of the state of Arizona) is available on the Arizona Legislature tab of the Law Library’s Arizona Law Research Guide.
Arizona Court Dockets
Law Library of Congress
The Law Library of Congress provides legal and legislative research assistance for foreign, international, federal, and state law. If you are having a difficult time tracking down the resource you need, consider submitting an online inquiry for assistance. You will receive a response within 5 business days.