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About the Federal Statutes and Regulations Search Form

The Federal Statutes and Regulations search form provides you with access to the laws passed by Congress and signed by the President and to the administrative regulations promulgated by the federal administrative agencies.

If you are unsure if your topic is covered by federal statutes or federal regulations or both, you can start by simply entering your search term in the main search box and clicking Search.

Also, if you know the citation of the provision that you want, you can enter CITE(citation) in the search box.

To limit your search to the United States Code, the Code of Federal Regulations, the United States Constitution, or the Federal Register, open the Advanced Options and select the publication(s) that you need.

The Advanced Options also will allow you to limit your search by date or by a particular segment within a publication.  For example, use AGENCY("health and human services") to find proposed regulations from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Special Note on USCS Citations:  Citations for United States Code are printed using the § symbol for "section," for example 5 USCS § 5901. To search for a USCS citation in LexisNexis Academic, replace the symbol with the abbreviation SEC.  Format for USCS Citation Searches: 5 USCS SEC 5901.

Popular Names of Laws:  Popular names of laws may not used in the United States Code. To look up a law by its popular name, search in Public Laws. There you will find the Public Law version of the law as well as citations to the sections of the US Code that embody the law.

HINT:  The primary difference between the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations is that the Code is a compilation of regulations that have been promulgated and have the force of law.  The Register is a daily report of regulations that are working their way through the process of becoming finalized.  For current regulations, search the Code of Federal Regulations.  For proposed and pending regulations, search the Federal Register.

Browsing the United States Code and the Code of Federal Regulations

Both the United States Code and the Code of Federal Regulations (as well as the United States Constitution) provide you with a way to access those collections without having to do a search.  Both Codes have a hierarchical structure that will allow you to select a high level topic and then drill down to the statutes or regulations that interest you.

To activate the browse feature, click on publication name in the Advanced Options.  This will take you to a view where you can open and close various parts of the hierarchy and see the topics covered under each one.  Use the plus and minus signs to drill down to more and more specific topics and then click on the statute or regulation link to see the full text of that section.