HeinOnline's Tip of the Week: How to find a Public Law Prior to the 57th Congress

Searching, Statutes at Large, Tips and Tricks
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Are you looking for a public law prior to the 57th Congress in the U.S. Statutes at Large? If so, you’ll find this tip helpful in locating and searching for the public law in HeinOnline. First, it’s important to understand that public laws up through the 56th Congress were assigned and arranged by chapter numbers, whereas beginning with the 57th Congress public laws were arranged by public law number. Therefore, in order to search for a public law from the 1st-56th Congress, you must use the following format: Chapter #, Congress #, and/or Session #. Let’s take a look at an example.

Let’s search for Chapter 64, “An Act: To regulate navigation on the Great Lakes and their connecting and tributary waters”

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HeinOnline's Tip of the Week: How to Search for a Public Law Number in HeinOnline

Searching, Statutes at Large, Tips and Tricks
HeinOnline Blogger

Looking for a public law number in HeinOnline? Conduct a search in the U.S. Statutes at Large library using one or several of the following attributes: the public law number, the title of the public law, citation to the U.S. Code, and/or a bill number. NOTE: The U.S. Statutes at Large library contains contains content through 2009, the 111th Congress.

For our examples, we will focus on Public Law 106-168 of the 106th Congress, titled “Deceptive Mail Prevention and Enforcement Act”. This appears in Statutes at Large on Dec. 12, 1999 and references Bill Number S. 335. Open the U.S. Statutes at Large library and click on the Search tab at the top of the page. Then choose the Field Search option…

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Browse by Public Law Number in the U.S. Statutes at Large

Enhancements, Statutes at Large
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Based on your feedback and a large number of requests, we are pleased to announce that you can now browse by Public Law Number in the U.S. Statutes at Large. This enhancement can be found in the “Browse By” options listed under the U.S. Statutes at Large index. Upon selecting this browsing option, an ascending list of Congress Sessions will be displayed. Select a session and the corresponding list of public laws will appear each displaying the public law number, popular name and the citation that links directly to the page where the public law number is listed.

 

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