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MLIC Floor Guide to Materials: United States Code

This guide describes basic use of specific sets of books in the MLIC, and is best used in conjunction with a mobile phone and the QR Codes you will find near the sets. If you are accessing this guide via the MLIC's app, just select a floor and book set.

US Code Annotated (USCA)

United States Code

The United States Code is the official printed code of the United States.  A "code" is a topical arrangement of all the laws currently in force. While these are the current, official statutes of the United States and are the preferred set to which you should cite, this set is frequently several years out of date. You'll probably find the set behind you, "United States Code Annotated" easier to use.  (ALWD rule 14.1(b) and Bluebook rule 12.3)

Finding a Statute

The U.S. Code is arranged by topic in "Titles", and within each title they are further subdivided into Sections.  Use the index at the end of the set to find relevant topics and sections.


See your ALWD rule starting at 14.0 or Bluebook rule 12.3.

US Code Service (USCS)