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​Law - United States, General

This guide is a selected list of resources for starting research in United States law.

Finding Laws

  • Constitutions
    Constitutions make up the organic law of the United States, and of individual states. They specify how government is to be organized; what powers each major governmental component will have; and what basic rights are to be held by all who are governed.
    • Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation [LAW REF KF4527 .U58 1996; also online]
    • Oregon Constitution, in Oregon Revised Statutes [LAW READ KFO2430.2 .O74; also online]
    • Other state constitutions can be found in state statutory codes [LAW READ KFA-KFW; also online]
       
  • Statutes
    Statutes are laws passed by the legislature. These laws begin as bills and, if passed, become session laws, i.e. laws passed during a particular legislative session. Most are then codified in statutory codes, which provide a subject organization for these laws.
    • Lexis-Nexis Academic (for codes)
    • ProQuest Congressional (for session laws enacted by the U.S. Congress)
    • Congress.gov (for session laws enacted by the U.S. Congress)
    • United States Code
    • United States Code Annotated [LAW READ KF62 1927 .W45]
    • United States Code Service [LAW READ KF62 1972 .L38]
    • Oregon Laws (session) [LAW READ KFO2425 .A2; also online]
    • Oregon Revised Statutes [LAW READ KFO2430.2 .O74; also online]
    • Other state statutes [LAW READ KFA-KFW; also online, by state]
       
  • Administrative Rules and Regulations
    Administrative rules and regulations are created by administrative agencies pursuant to a legislative delegation of authority, and are a type of law.
    • Code of Federal Regulations [LAW READ KF70 .A3; also online; back issues in microform]
    • Federal Register [LAW READ KF70 .A2; also online; back issues in microform]
    • Oregon Bulletin [LAW READ KFO2436; also online]
    • Oregon Administrative Rules [LAW READ KFO2435 .O74; also online]
    • Other state rules and regulations
       
  • Judicial Opinions
    Judicial opinions, also called cases or decisions, are written interpretations of the law by judges and are, like statutes and administrative rules, statements of law.
    • Lexis-Nexis Academic
    • U.S. Supreme Court opinions in the Supreme Court Reporter [LAW READ KF101 .A24; selected opinions online]
    • Opinions indexed in the Supreme Court Digest [LAW READ KF101.1 .A24]
    • U.S. Courts of Appeals opinions in the Federal Reporter [LAW READ KF120 .F4; selected opinions online]
    • Opinions indexed in the Federal Practice Digest [LAW READ KF127 .W483]
    • U.S. District Court opinions in the Federal Supplement [LAW READ KF120 .F6; selected opinions online]
    • Opinions indexed in the Federal Practice Digest [LAW READ KF127 .W483]
    • Oregon Supreme Court opinions in Oregon Reports [LAW READ KFO2445 .A2; selected opinions online]
    • Opinions indexed in the Oregon Digest 2d[LAW READ KFO2457 .N532b]
    • Oregon Court of Appeals opinions in Oregon Reports, Court of Appeals [LAW READ KFO2448 .A22; selected opinions online]
    • Opinions indexed in the Oregon Digest 2d[LAW READ KFO2457 .N532b]
    • Other state opinions in West's regional reporters [LAW LIB KF135 .A76 - .S8; selected opinions online, by state]
    • Opinions indexed in the Decennial Digest [LAW LIB KF141 .W4]

 

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