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U.S. Primary Sources & Topical Reporters

This guide serves to provide a list of primary legal sources & topical reporters. It includes catalog links for the print editions held at the Law Library and database links to the digital versions accessible to our Law Center members.

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U.S. Primary Legal Sources

Primary sources are laws, orders, decisions, rules or regulations issued by a governmental entity or official from one of the branches of government. The entity or official may be a court, legislature, executive agency, president or a state governor. Primary sources include constitutions, statutes, cases and regulations. This list of federal primary sources provides links to our catalog record for a publication's print edition and access to the publication's digital formats for our library patrons.

Federal Statutes & Public Laws

Publication Title Call Number of Print Digital Access for Georgetown Law
United States Code (U.S.C.) KF62 2012 .A2 Reading Room HeinOnline, Bloomberg Law, Westlaw (unannotated)
United States Code Annotated (U.S.C.A.) KF62 1927 .A3 Reading Room Westlaw
United States Code Service (U.S.C.S.) KF62 1972 .U5 Reading Room Lexis
United States Statutes at Large (Stat.) KF50 .U5 Reading Room Westlaw, Lexis, Bloomberg Law, Proquest Congressional, HeinOnline, LLMC Digital
United States Code Congressional and Administrative News (U.S.C.C.A.N.) KF48 .U54 Reading Room Westlaw
Congressional Record: Proceedings and Debates of the Congress (Cong. Rec.) KF35 .A26 Micro Media 1st Fl (1873-2003); KF35 .A26 Mezzanine (1873-2012) Westlaw, Lexis, Bloomberg Law, Proquest Congressional, HeinOnline, LLMC Digital, Congress.gov

For publication sources of state statutes, see our individual state research guides. For more on researching statutes, look at our Finding Statutes guide. For free or low cost alternatives to the Law Library's digital access to statutes, see our Free and Low Cost Legal Research Guide. Also, for publications of subject specific statutes, see our individual topical research guides.

Federal Case Law

Publication Title Call Number of Print Digital Access for Georgetown Law
United States Reports: Cases Adjudged in the Supreme Court (U.S.) KF101 .A2 Reading Room HeinOnline, Supremecourt.gov
West's Supreme Court Reporter (S. Ct.) KF101 .A32 Reading Room Westlaw
United States Supreme Court Reports, Lawyer's Edition (L. Ed., L. Ed. 2d) KF101 .A312 Reading Room Lexis
The United States Law Week (U.S.L.W.) KF105 .U6 Reading Room (print publication ceased in Aug. 2018) Bloomberg Law
West's Federal Reporter (F.3d, F.2d, F.) KF105 .F42 3d (cancelled in 2012), KF105 .F42 2d, KF105 .F4 Reading Room Westlaw
West's Federal Supplement, 2014- (F. Supp. 3d), West's Federal Supplement, 1988-2014 (F. Supp. 2d), Federal Supplement, 1933-1988 (F. Supp.) KF105 .F44 (cancelled in 2012) Reading Room Westlaw
West's Federal Appendix (F. App'x) KF105 .F423 (cancelled in 2012) Reading Room Cases are reported in Westlaw's Court of Appeals content set.
Federal Cases, 1789-1880 (F. Cas.) KF105 .F2 Reading Room HeinOnline
Federal Rules Service (Fed. R. Serv. 3d (West), Fed. R. Serv. 2d (Callaghan), Fed. R. Serv. (Callaghan)) KF8830 .F6 (cancelled in 2018) Stacks Cases, but not headnotes keyed to Federal Rules, are reported throughout Westlaw's federal case databases
West's Federal Rules Decisions, 1988 - ;Federal Rules Decisions, 1938-1988 (F.R.D.) KF8830 .F5 Closed Stacks South Westlaw

See Special Courts & Topical Case Sources table for tax, bankruptcy, international trade, veterans appeals, military and other topical federal case reporters. For primary legal documents, e.g. court records and briefs, see Briefs, Oral Arguments and Other Court Documents Research Guide. For publications of state case law sources, see our individual state research guides. For more on researching case law, look at our Case Law Research Guide. For free or low cost alternatives to our databases, see our Free and Low Cost Legal Research Guide. Also, for more subject specific case reporters, see our individual topical research guides.

Federal Regulations

Publication Title Call Number of Print Digital Access for Georgetown Law
Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) K70 .A2 Micro Media 1st Fl (1938-2004) Westlaw, Lexis, Bloomberg Law, Proquest Regulatory Insight, HeinOnline, GPO.gov
Federal Register (F.R.) KF70 .A2 Micro Media 1st Fl (1936-2004) Westlaw, Lexis, Bloomberg Law, Proquest Regulatory Insight, HeinOnline, Govinfo.gov

For state regulations, see our individual state research guides. For more on researching regulations, look at our Administrative Law Research Guide. For free or low cost alternatives our databases, see our Free and Low Cost Legal Research Guide. Also, for more subject specific regulations, see our individual topical research guides.