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Honors American Government & Politics: Landmark Legislation Research Paper: Your Act of Legislation

Find the Full Text and the Voting Record on Your Act of Legislation

TIP: The easiest way to find the voting records on your act in is a Google search in which you combine the title of your act with the phrase AND

For example: 

Drafting Your Legislation

Additional Resources for Finding the Full Text of Your Act

Online Reference Database
Print and Electronic Reference Books

How to Cite Your Act of Legislation in NoodleTools

From the Library of Congress: Citations for and Popular Names of Statutes
To cite your act of legislation in NoodleTools, follow these two steps:
  • Choose where you found it: Database, Website, or Print Book.
  • Select what it is: U.S. Statute 
    • Session Law : The U.S. Statutes at Large is a chronological arrangement of all public laws enacted by Congress.
    • Codified : The U.S. Code is an updated, subject arrangement of all general and permanent U.S. law so enacted.
    • NOTE: Public laws are first published separately as “slip laws”, are later bound together in the U.S. Statutes at Large, and are later codified in the United States Code. 
  • Use the Popular Name Tool on the U.S. Code website to find the statute and code information for your act.
    • NOTE: Congress did not officially assign public law numbers to all statutes until 1957. Occasionally you will find one starting in 1908.
  • An example in NoodleTools: Organic Act of 1916 (39 Stat. 535)