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Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

links to detailed information about the new law, which went into effect Jan. 1, 2014, and tips for doing academic research on the subject

Consumer Information

If you are looking for links to consumer information about the ACA, instead of references for research papers, use the "Consumer Information" tab.

checkHowever, note that many of the links under that tab also have material of interest to researchers.

Background information

General and historical background on the health care debate in the U.S. can be found in the following electronic reference books. To search for information specifically about the ACA, use the "within publication" search box.

To find other resources in our electronic encyclopedia resources, use the Gale eBooks (formerly Gale Virtual Reference Library) search box below.

Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints

Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints

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Discover: Searching for the ACA

For doing Library research on the ACA, our Discovery system will find articles, websites, electronic and tangible books on the topic. Just enter "Affordable Care Act" in the search box below.

Add other terms using the "Advanced Search" option for narrower results, depending upon your research focus. For example: policy, hospitals, "health care reform," laws, etc. Checking the "Peer Reviewed" box in the result list will eliminate news-type items (the majority of results without this limitation) and leave a listing of more analytical, academic, articles.

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Legal resources

The Public Law number is P.L.111-148  for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Its Statutes at Large citation is 124 Stat. 119. These numbers can be useful in searching some specialized databases.

For more guidance in finding legal information sources, see our guide: Legal Resources for Non-Law Students, or consult a librarian in the Law Library.

Databases for further research: