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Legislative Information - U.S.


Federal statutes are laws enacted by Congress. When Congress passes a law, the law is given a public law number. For example, P.L. 101-194 denotes the 194th law passed by the 101st Congress.

Public laws are first printed as slip laws (that is, individual copies of each law) and then published in chronological order (that is, by public law number) in the United States Statutes at Large. Eventually all session laws are codified by subject matter in the United States Code.


The librarians of the Pappas & Fineman Law Libraries have compiled a number of detailed guides on identifying and locating laws of various kinds (Constitutional Law; Foreign Law). To find  more sources of Federal Law please consult their


Federal Research Guide