LII Collection: United States Code 


We provide an overview document which discusses what the Code is, and various ways in which one can make sure of having up-to-date information.

Extent and currency:

Our collection contains the entire US Code as published on CD-ROM and distributed via the GPO.  The effective date of this version is January 16, 1996.

Source information:

CD-ROM prepared and published by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the House of Representatives. It contains the laws in force on January 16, 1996.

Direct (pinpoint) linking to particular titles and sections:

We employ a simple scheme using title and section numbers added to the base URL:

Under this scheme Title 14 section 186 would be:


Location of search form:
Users have the option of searching the entire code, or a single title (we encourage the latter).  The search page for the entire code is located at
An individual title may be searched from one of the 50 pages having the form:
where XX is the number of the particular title, eg.
Captive searches:
To search a particular title of the US Code for a term or terms use the base URL
and then the title and the term or terms, eg.:
to search Title 12 for the words 'issuer' or 'mortgage'.  You can also omit the title number if you want to search the entire code, eg.:
searches the entire Code.

Interesting uses of this collection:

Many, many companies and industry associations link to laws of particular interest to them.  Some examples:

Others have discovered the text of the Copyright Act in Title 17 and are pointing to that:

Conditions for use:

The text, being a U.S. government document, is public domain and may be freely copied and retransmitted. Copyright in the underlying marked up html files which implement the hypertext features of this World Wide Web version of the U.S. Code is held by Cornell University. Distribution of this version on the Internet, does not constitute consent to any use of the underlying hypertext markup for commercial redistribution either via the Internet or using some other form of hypertext distribution.