Start with any version of the federal code to locate the public law(s) creating or amending the section of the code you are interested in. You will find this information at the end of each code section. Public laws are cited to by Congressional session and chronological number of the bill passed, (e.g., 98-123 is the 123rd bill signed into law during the 98th Congress), and published in the order passed in United States Statutes at Large (Stat.). You may also want to note any cases or law review articles listed in the code, since these may contain information on legislative intent. Three versions of the code are available:
United States Code (USC) - the official version of the code, published by the United States Government
United States Code Annotated (USCA) - published by West, this annotated version of the code contains legal notes and research guides.
United States Code Service (USCS) - published by LexisNexis, this annotated version of the code contains legal notes and research guides.
All three versions are available online, while the latest print versions of USCS and USCA are available on the 2nd Floor.
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Law review articles are another source for legislative history commentary and citations. The library has access to several resources for finding law articles. Law article citations can also be found in the notes sections of annotated versions of the US Code, such as the USCA USCS.
How Our Laws are Made. (Wirth & Cooper, 2010) Click graphic to enlarge.