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Citing U.S. Code

Database Information

This database contains the full text of the United States Code Service (USCS) as published by Matthew Bender. This database is essentially the current public laws of the United States arranged by subject. The USCS is published in 50 subject titles (numbered 1-50); each title contains many sections. Section symbols (for example, @) can be omitted from the citation.

For each citation, include:

  • The title number, USCS section number, and edition date found in the header for each entry are unique identifiers and must be included in every citation; the date (for example, 1996) must also be included in each citation to verify the exact edition/version being cited.
  • Section heading (for example, "Misbranded Foods") - can be located in the header for each entry. This is additional useful information for the reader. "Parts" and "Chapters" should be omitted.
  • Database name (Text from: United States Code Service, including the statement of currency found at the top of each citation)
  • Web service name (Available from: ProQuest® Congressional)
  • Date accessed by the user (Accessed: date)

For example:

"21 USCS 343 (1996): Misbranded Food." Text from: United States Code Service. Current through 5/31/98. Available from: ProQuest® Congressional; Accessed: 10/15/1998.

Without a section heading

The USCS title, section, and edition date provide enough information to locate the exact section being cited. Thus, the section heading can be omitted.

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