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Sources for Student Publication Cite Checking

This LibGuide is to help students find the sources to do cite checking.

Federal Legislative Materials

Statutes: United States Code (U.S.C.):

  • NOTE: The official version of the United States Code is published every six years with annual supplements. The last was published in 2012.
  • Government Printing Office’s United States Code website, coverage from 1994 (authenticated pdf).
  • Hein Online coverage from the 1925 edition (pdf of original).
  • Paper:
    • 2012 ed., 3rd Floor Law Library at KF 62 2012.
    • Previous eds, Richey Reading Room, Depository Collection, KF 62 [Year].

Public Laws (P.L.):

  • Published officially in Statutes at Large (Stat.).
  • Not yet published in the Statutes at Large: Slip law.

Legislative History:

  • See, the research guide Finding U.S. Legislative Resources

State Legislative Materials

Statutes:

  • Check the state’s official website (see the Federal and State websites tab). Remember to see if the State considers the online version to be an official version.
    • Example: Delaware has an official version of the State’s statutes available here.
    • Example: Wisconsin has an official version of the State’s statutes available here.
  • Paper:
    • 1st Floor Law Library for the Ohio Revised Code
      • Baldwin's Ohio Revised Code Annotated (West)
      • Page's Ohio Revised Code Annotated (Lexis)
    • 3rd Floor Law Library for some states’s statutes 
      • Michigan Compiled Laws Annotated (West)
      • Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes Annotated (West)
      • West Virginia Code (Lexis)

Public Laws

  • Check the state’s official website (see the Federal and State websites tab). Remember to see if the State considers the online version to be an official version.
    • Example: An online official version none found.

Legislative History

  • Bills
    • Check the state’s official website (see the Federal and State Website tab). Remember to see if the State considers the online version to be an official version.
      • Example: An online official version none found.
  • For other legislative history materials, ask or email the Reference Desk for help.