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United States Code

US Code

The United States Code is the codified subject arrangement of the Statutes at Large. The United States Code is comprised of 54 titles and is updated via cumulative supplements published annually. The most current is the 2012 Edition.

Jenkins currently retains two copies in print: the annotated commercial publications USCA (West/Thomson Reuters) and USCS (LexisNexis). Jenkins also offers electronic access to the Code, both in the library and remotely. Many of the electronic sources also include historical editions of the Code.

For information on how bills become laws and where to find bills, including bills not enacted into law, see the Federal Acts (Public Laws) guide.

Statutes at Large

The Statutes at Large is the official publication for public laws. To find the Statutes at Large, use the Federal Acts (Public Laws) guide.

The Statutes at Large were first codified by subject in the Revised Statutes of the United States in 1873. These Revised Statutes were enacted as positive law and repealed their Statutes at Large counterparts. The codification of the Statutes at Large into the United States Code began in 1926; however, this codification was not enacted as positive law, nor did it repeal the Revised Statutes. In 1947, Congress began revising the U.S.C. and enacting it into positive law. Currently only 27 of the 54 titles of the U.S.C. have been enacted as positive law by Congress. See the table of "Titles of United States Code", found at the beginning of the U.S.C. volumes, for a full list of titles enacted as positive law. For more information on positive law, see Kent C. Olson, Principles of Legal Research ┬ž 3.4(c) (2009).

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