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U.S. Constitution

Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation (on FDsys) provides Supreme Court annotations to the Constitution.

The Founders' Constitution is a major collection of the writings of the Founders, arranged under the relevant clauses of the Constitution, available through  University of Chicago Press.

Declaration of Independence as a part of Primary Documents in American History at the Library of Congress


Statutes and Legislation

United States Code

The official United States Code is published every six years, with cummulative annual supplements.

Free Online

The official current United States Code at is available from the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives. 

The U.S. Code is also available through Legal Information Institute, FindLaw and FDsys. Be aware that they are not current so be sure to note the date the code was last updated.

Your state bar association may provide access to the current US Code through Casemaker and Fastcase .


United States Code Annotated (USCA), by Thomson/West, is available on Westlaw.

United States Code Service (USCS) by LexisNexis, is available on Lexis.

To learn more about the print versions of the USC go to the Guide to Using the United States Code.

Lexis and Westlaw update their online code as new laws are passed with about a 2-month delay while Congress is in  session. Updating the statute with Shepard's or KeyCite on the section is a good idea--be sure to look for pending legislation affecting the section.

The US Code is also Bloomberg Law , and annotations are being added in increasing number. It is updated within a month of newly enacted legislation.

The LLSDC Legislative Sourcebook provides information on Electronic Sources for U.S. Statutes and the U.S. Code.

Session Laws

Legislation and Legislative History

The most comprehensive database for federal legislative history documents are ProQuest Congressional and Proquest Legislative Insight.  ProQuest Congressional provides index and abstract information for congressional materials and legislative histories from 1789–present.  ProQuest Legislative Insight currently offers more than 18,000 professionally researched legislative histories from 1929-2013.
is a  website of federal legislation and congressional activity from 1973 - present., and replaces, the Library of Congress's former congressional information system. 

Sometimes others have compiled the federal legislative materials; to locate these compilations, search our catalog, or use the Sources of Compiled Legislative Histories by Nancy Johnson, which covers laws from the 1st Congress. Sources is available in print at Ref. KF42.2 .S68 and is in HeinOnline (requires UMID and password).

Older Congressional information, such as hearings and the debates of Congress in the Congressional Record are available in HeinOnline.   Older House and Senate Congressional Reports may be found in print:

Congress and Congressional Materials

Guide to House and Senate Members

House of Representatives

United States Senate

Congressional Budget Office

Government Printing Office

Law Library of Congress

Congressional Research Service Reports, which are an excellent source of background information on legislation, are available from ProQuest Congressional.  Select Congressional Research Service reports are also available via the Thurgood Marshall Law Library and the University of North Texas.


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