Laws Made by Congress

A quick way to find current and more recent information on federal laws, acts, statutes and regulations, is to check in FDsys ( This is the official home for online publications of the federal government.

Some things included in FDsys are:

  • Congressional bills (103rd Congress (1993-94) forward);
  • Public and private laws aka slip laws (1995-96 forward);
  • United States Statutes at Large (1951 forward);
  • Federal Register (official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, 1994 forward);
  • Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) (the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register, 1994-present);
  • United States Code (USC) (codification by subject of the permanent laws of the United States, virtual main editions, 1994 forward), and a lot of other Congressional documents.

Pro Tip:

Popular names: To find Acts of Congress listed by their popular names, go to a list provided by the Legal Information Institute at Cornell University Law School.

For more help finding laws and acts passed by Congress, check the Government Information LibGuide,

Laws Based on Court Trials

Use the research guide for Law to find complete information about many aspects of the law, including finding articles in law journals, law reference books in the library, places online to find legal aid resources, searching for court cases, and some reliable free online legal resources.

OSU students, faculty and staff can use LexisNexis Academic to find state and federal cases. A guide for how to use LexisNexis is here.