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Law Journals' Guide to Source & Cite

This guide is designed to help journal students locate and request materials for source and cite checking assignments.

Federal Legislative Materials

Federal Legislative Materials

U.S. Statutes

What the cite looks like Publication PDF Source Coverage
 42 U.S.C. 1983  United States Code GovInfo  103rd Congress (1994) to date
HeinOnline  1789-2012
  Office of the Law Revision Counsel   Preliminary (advance) version

U.S. Public Laws

What the cite looks like Publication PDF Source Coverage
 Pub. L. No. 102-2 
 P.L. 102-408 
 106 Stat. 1992

Statutes at Large

 U.S. Public and Private Laws 

GovInfo 

 104th Congress (1995) to date
HeinOnline  1789-2002
Westlaw  1789-1972

 

Proposed Laws and Congressional Materials

  What the cite looks like    Publication   PDF Source  Coverage
 S. 516 
 H.R. 422
 Congressional Bills

GovInfo

ProQuest Congressional

 103d Congress (1993) to  date

  100th Congress (1987) to date

   Congressional Committee Prints

GovInfo

ProQuest Congressional

 105th Congress (1997) to date

 15th Congress (1817) to date

   Congressional Hearings

GovInfo

ProQuest Congressional

 105th Congress (1997) to date

 18th Congress (1824) to date

 H.R. Rep. No. 98-2 
 S. Rep. No. 104-201
 Congressional Reports

GovInfo

ProQuest Congressional

 99th Congress (1985) to date

 1817-present

 145 Cong. Rec. H1817  Bound Congressional Record

GovInfo

HeinOnline

 Vol. 145 (1998) to date

  Vol. 1 (1873) to date

 Early congressional debates

Library of Congress American Memory project

HeinOnline

 1789-1877

 1789-1873

State Legislative Materials

State Legislative Materials

Northwestern maintains the current version of the following state codes in print on the 3rd floor of the library in the State Materials collection:

  • California
  • Delaware
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • New York
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • Wisconsin

For all other states where the current code is not available in print, you may cite to a commercial electronic database per Bluebook Rule 12.2.


Historical state statutes are available via HeinOnline and on microfiche.  For assistance with historical state codes that are not available on HeinOnline, please ask a reference librarian.