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Law: Finding Federal Legislation with HeinOnline

Finding Laws by Popular Name

To find the full text of a law as it was passed by Congress, you will be using the Statutes at Large. HeinOnline includes links to the laws by their popular name.


If your law is not included in HeinOnline's list of popular names, the best thing to do is Google (or other search) the name you have for the law. Most quality articles about the law will include either the public law number or the Statutes at Large citation.

You can then search the Statutes at Large for that law using that number.

Example laws by popular name

Naturalization Act of 1790
Page Act of 1875

Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882
Scott Act of 1888 
Geary Act of 1892
Immigration Act of 1907
Expatriation Act of 1907
Immigration Act of 1917
Emergency Quota Act of 1921
Cable Act of 1922
Johnson Reed Immigration Act of 1924 
Tydings-McDuffie Act of 1934
Bracero Agreement of 1942
War Brides Act of 1945
Displaced Persons Act of 1948
McCarren-Walter Act of 1952
Refugee Relief Act of 1953
Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1962
Hart-Celler Act of 1965
Indochina Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1975
Refugee Act of 1980