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The United States Code

US Code coverThe official U.S. Code is completely republished every 6 years, with annual supplement volumes published between editions. The complete 2006 edition is now available from the U.S. Government Printing Office.

The official U.S. Code is notoriously slow to be published, as you might have guessed from the news that the 2006 edtion has just been completed. As a Federal Depository Library we receive the paper copy of the U.S. Code, but our 2006 set is not yet complete.

Bluebook rules require citation to the offical U.S. Code whenever possible, but researchers rely on commercial annotated versions - U.S. Code Annotated (USCA) from West, or U.S. Code Service (USCS) from Lexis - for current federal law.

The U.S. Code is also available online from a variety of sources:

  • The official U.S. Code (1994-2006 editions) are available from the U.S. Government Printing Office website.
  • The U.S. House of Representative's Office of the Law Revision Counsel provides the official U.S. Code back to the 1988 edition.
  • Cornell University's Legal Information Institute website provides an unofficial version based on the U.S. House of Representative's website, and provides a "How Current is This?" feature which helps you figure out when the section you are looking at was last updated.

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