United States - Code

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The United States Code is a consolidation and codification of the general and permanent laws of the United States; it does not include temporary, private or local laws.

Format: 

The United States Code consists of 50 titles, a general index, a list of acts cited by popular name and various tables. Prior to Title 1 in the 1982 edition are copies of the following:

  • The Declaration of Independence
  • Article of Confederation
  • the Ordinance of 1787
  • the Northwest Territorial Government
  • the Constitution of the United States and Amendments
  • an Analytical Index to the Constitution of the United States

Beginning with the seventh article, Agriculture, the titles are alphabetically arranged.

Indexes: 

To locate a Law in the United States Code either a subject or a statute approach may be used.

Subject Approach

  • the General Index provided subject access
  • the index consists of 5 volumes in the 1982 edition
  • the index provides references to titles and section numbers
  • to update using the General Index check the same index, under the same term, in the latest annual supplement

Statute Approach

  • when the name of a statute is known, use the list of Acts Cited by Popular Name
  • this list is alphabetically arranged according to statute name and provides references from the Statutes at Large to the United States Code.
Holdings: 

United States Code, 1964 - present
US1 AC 195 -S75 (MILLS Data/Text)

Current information is also available online:

United States code: the general and permanent laws of the United States