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Health Law Research

Guide to basic health law research.

Administrative Sources

 Code of Federal Regulations (KF70.A3) Law library keeps current and 2 years prior in print -5th floor and archived from 1938 in microfiche on the 4th floor

  • The Government Publication Office's online portal of public documents. Browse individual years of the CFR going back to 1996. Download entire volumes, chapters, or specific sections.
  • HeinOnline: DePaul users can access editions of the CFR going back to 1938.

Federal Register  (KF70.A2 Fifth Floor Stacks (note: older issues archived from 1936 are on microfiche/microfilm on the 4th floor)

  • Browse daily editions of the Federal Register dating back to 1994.
  • HeinOnline: DePaul users can view the Federal Register dating back to the first volume in 1936. Note that you will need a citation to a specific page, as you cannot browse by date.
  • View upcoming recommended regulations, deadlines for comments, supporting reports and other documentation. Browse by topic or agency. 

Administrative Rulings

Statutory Sources


  • United States Code (Relevant titles include: Titles 15, 21, 24 and 42)
    • View the U.S. Code as it appears in the official print edition. Because of the delay between public laws amending the code and the code's republication, this edition may not be up to date. However, that also makes it possible to view previous versions of the U.S. Code dating back to 1994.
    • Office of the Law Revision Counsel: Browse the U.S. Code with frequent revisions based on recently passed public laws.
    • HeinOnline:  DePaul users may view PDFs of historic print editions of the U.S. Code dating back to 1926.
    • Official and annotated editions of the U.S. Code are available in print on the fifth floor of the library starting with the call number KF62.
  • Official and annotated codes in print – ( Law Library 5th floor)
  • Westlaw > Practice Areas > Health Law > Statutes & Court Rules

 Proposed Legislation:

  • View all active legislation. Create alerts for actions on specific bills. Find bills by browsing different policy areas.

Federal Legislative Histories:

  • View the legislative history of bills, including associated reports and early draft versions. Read associated Congressional reports. Browse bills by several criteria, such as policy area.
  • ProQuest Legislative Insight DePaul users can find detailed legislative histories for any passed public law, which include draft versions, links to floor debates in the Congressional Record, associated reports, hearings, and prints. An excellent resource for any federal legislative research.
  • United States Code Congressional and Administrative News: Has texts of public laws as well as associated Congressional reports. Also records which sections of the U.S. Code are altered by a law.
  • To find a compiled legislative history, try a keyword search in the catolog; such as “food drug and cosmetic act and legislation history.


State Legislative Materials: