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Researching Sexual Orientation and the Law

Federal Statutes

Session Laws (a.k.a., Act, Public Law, Chapter)

United States Statutes at Large
Print: KF50.U6 (Plaza Level, Section A)
Online: Bloomberg Law | HeinOnline | Westlaw databases: US-STATLRG (1789-1979); US-PL-OLD (1973 up to current term); US-PL (current term).
Also available via other on other websites and commercial databases (see our Federal Statutory Research Guide).

Proposed & Recently Enacted Legislation

Bloomberg Law | | FDsys | Lexis Advance | Westlaw  

United States Code

Official Version of the U.S. Code:

United States Code 
Print: Reserve KF62  (current edition & supplements on Reserve, earlier editions in 1st floor stacks)
Online:  FDsys (GPO, Federal Digital System) | HeinOnline (current edition & supplements and earlier editions back to 1925)  

Unofficial, Commercially Published, Annotated Versions of the U.S. Code:

U.S. Code on Bloomberg Law

United States Code Annotated (USCA)
Print:  Primary KF62 1927 W45 and also one Reserve at Circulation Desk.
Online: Westlaw

United States Code Service (USCS)
Print: Primary KF62.5 1972 .L38x
Online: Lexis Advance 

Legislative History Documents

Compiled Legislative History Sources

HeinOnline, U.S. Federal Legislative History Library. An example of a compiled legislative history available is: Defense of Marriage Act: A Legislative History of Public Law No. 104-199  

Federal Legislative History Sources Generally

See our guide Federal Legislative History Research to locate legislative history documents using resources available from the Law Library. 

Minnesota Statutes

Minnesota Statutes, Office of the Revisor of Statutes. 

Print: Law Library Primary KFM5429 .M56 (published biennially with an interim annual supplement) 

Indexed topics available online from the Office of the Revisor of Statutes: 

Commercial online and print versions of Minnesota statutes are also available. They provide the code text with references to cases, regulations, and commentaries that are related to specific code provisions.

 Lexis Advance |  Westlaw | Bloomberg Law

Print: Minnesota Statutes Annotated  Law Library Primary KFM5430 1946 .A315; Law Library Reference KFM5430 1946 .A315; Law Library Reserve KFM5430 1946 .A315 (frequently updated) 

Session Laws

When laws are enacted by the Minnesota Legislature, they initially appear as separate acts (called "chapters").  Chapters are sequentially numbered, starting with number 1 at the beginning of each legislature. After the legislative session concludes, the chapters are published together in a permanent bound set for the session.

Session Laws of the State of Minnesota. Law Library Primary KFM5425 .A24
HeinOnline |  Lexis Advance |  Westlaw  | Bloomberg Law


For more information on researching Minnesota Statutes, please consult our guide: Researching Minnesota Law


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