A piece of federal legislation may be referred to by its "popular name" i.e. "Fair Debt Collection Practices Act." To locate the United States Code citations for a particular Act, researchers utilize "Popular Name Tables." The two Web sites below list legislation by Popular Names and provide United States Code citations or Public Law Numbers. A "public law number," assigned to a federal Act soon after it is signed by the President, includes the Congressional Session and the order in which the Act was passed during the Session: Pub. L. No. 95-598. Public law numbers are often used to locate the "legislative history" of an Act.
Federal session laws are known as "United States Statutes at Large."