If you’re looking for the text of a U.S. federal law, the University Libraries now provides a database that includes the text of every federal law passed from 1789 to several years ago. HeinOnline U.S. Statutes at Large includes the text of such laws as:
- The law that provided for administration of the territory north of the Ohio River (1789)
- Opium Act (1887)
- Social Security Act (1935)
- Equal Employment Opportunity Act (1972)
- No Child Left Behind Act (2001)
Because it generally takes several years for individual laws to be added to the Statutes at Large, HeinOnline U.S. Statutes at Large provides a link to FDsys which includes the full text of public laws that have not yet been published in the U.S. Statutes at Large. This database also includes earlier Federal Codes and Compilations of Statutes.
The database allows users to browse by Congress, year of enactment, popular name of the law, Indian treaties, or other treaties. It also allows for searches by public law number, Statutes at Large citation, name of tribe or nation (for treaties), phrases within laws, etc.
If you have questions or wish further information about HeinOnline U.S. Statutes at Large, contact Carol A. Singer, Professor in the Library Teaching and Learning Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-372-9412.