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How to Locate the Text of a Public Law Using Its Popular Name in U.S. Statutes at Large

This article will show how to locate the text of a public law using its popular name in the U.S. Statutes at Large database.

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Watch this short tutorial to see how to locate the text of a popular law using its popular name.

Browse by Tools in U.S. Statutes at Large

HeinOnline has created tools to help researchers easily locate individual public laws. From the database homepage, users have the ability to browse by VolumePopular Name, or Public Law Number. Also included is a link to access the most recent Public Laws, which have not yet been published in the U.S. Statutes at Large.

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For this example, let’s locate the text of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. If you do not have the public law number or citation for the Act, enter the U.S. Statutes at Large database and choose the Browse by Popular Name option. Next, select P from the A-Z index provided.

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Scroll until you find the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, listed alphabetically, or use the Ctrl + f function to locate the title. Next to the title of the Act is the U.S. Statutes at Large citation, which will bring users to the text of the Act.

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