Federal Laws & Regulations are accessible in many forms.
- You can read the Acts (also called Public & Private Laws) passed by Congress online from 1995 to present. They are searchable by keyword, law number, or browsing. If you prefer print access, you can visit Business Central. Our collections, called United States Statutes at Large & Slip Laws, cover laws enacted from 1921 to the present.
- You can also keep track of current legislation using the Library of Congress's THOMAS resource as well as research Statutes at Large from 1789-1875.
- The Code of Federal Regulations is "the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government." Also referred to more simply as the CFR it is available online from 1996 to the present and is searchable by keyword, number reference, or browsing. You can also access the current year and previous year in print at Business Central.
- The Federal Register, "the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents" is available online from 1994 to the present. You can search by keyword, reference number, or browse the Table of Contents from each issue. Or you can use the last two years in print at Business Central.
- The U.S. Code, "the codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States", is another resource for tracking down laws. Arranged by subject, it is available online with the 2000 edition searchable or browsable and the 1994 edition searchable. The 2000 edition is also available in print at Business Central.
In addition to these direct resources, many federal agencies offer materials to help individuals interpret the applicable laws. You can learn about those agencies and their products in Legal Resources.