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Annotations follow the text of the law Annotated Code
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American Digest System --Index to Cases Annotated Code
Cites to Secondary Resources, e.g. Legal Encyclopedias and Law Review articles Annotated Code
Case Annotations-- Synopses of Cases decided under this code section Annotated Code
Breakdown of topics in Notes of Decisions Annotated Code
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United States Code Official publication Unannotated format Republished every 6 years with annual supplements Slow publication schedule
U.S. Annotated Codes Commercial Publications Annotated format Volumes republished as needed Frequent updating schedule through Pocket Parts and Advance Sheets
State Codes All states have at least one annotated code. Many states also have an unannotated code. Check Bluebook: A Uniform System of Legal Citation, pp to determine what resources are available for a particular state.
Finding Statutory Law Does the Federal government have a law prohibiting debt collectors from harassing consumers?
Starting your Search Determine Jurisdiction Federal Determine Appropriate Resource United States Code Annotated or United States Code Service Determine Relevant Keywords for use in Code’s General Index
Under Consumer Credit Protection— Debt Collection Practices
Harassment or abuse by debt collectors, prohibitions 15 § 1692d
Updating Statutory Research Main Volume
Title Page Published in 1998
Text of Law as of 1998
Updating Statutory Research Main Volume Pocket Parts or Free-standing Supplements
Covers from 1998 to January 2004
Pocket parts contain new amendments and annotations from last publication of the main volume until publication date of pocket part.
New Amendments, if any, would be published after the heading, followed by new annotations.
Updating Statutory Research Main Volume Pocket Parts or Free-standing Supplements Advance Sheets
Advance Code Service
Advance Code Services contain new amendments and new annotations since publication of the pocket part.
Legislative Services publish new slip laws. A table of sections affected indicates whether a particular section has been changed. Slip Laws Tables
No Changes to 15 U.S.C. 1692d
Legislative Services only update the text of the law. Newer annotations are published in Interim Annotation, or Later Case Services
Sec. 1692d—new case, no new secondary resources
Review of Statutory Research General Index Main Volume Pocket Part or Free-Standing Supplement Advance Sheets Advance Code Service Legislative Service and Interim Annotation Service
Library Exercise Groups of two or three people Locate state annotated code Use General Index to find a code section applicable to issues in first question Once you have a relevant code section, focus on the resource questions rather than the substantive questions.