HeinOnline's Tip of the Week: Searching for a Section in the U.S. Code

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Are you searching for a section in the U.S. Code? Using a full text search, you can search by the section number and section title to retrieve the page links to the section as it appears in the U.S. Code. For example, we are looking for 23 U.S.C. 410 in the 2006 edition of the U.S. Code. We first identify that the section title of 410 is “Alcohol-impaired driving countermeasures”.

To pull up this section in the U.S. Code, open the field search option. In the first search box enter the section number and title as “410 Alcohol-impaired driving countermeasures” and select Text from the drop down menu. Now, to refine our results we must identify the title that the section is located in. So we insert “23” into the second search box and choose Title Number from the drop down menu. Then in the third search box we insert 2006 and choose Edition from the drop down menu in order to narrow our search to just the 2006 edition of the U.S. Code. Now click search.

This search will return a single result with two links to pages within the text where section 410 appears. The first will link you to the page at the start of the chapter within title 23 where the sections are identified. The second link will take you directly to the text of section 410.

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