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Contract Law: A Beginner's Guide

The Uniform Commercial Code (UCC)

When a contract deals with a commercial transaction, researchers may be required to perform research regarding the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC). The UCC is a collection of proposed model laws, drafted by the American Law Institute and the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, that are meant to serve as a guide for state legislatures when they draft statutes involving commercial contracts and related dealings. Below, please find selected resources regarding the UCC.

The following titles link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional online content are included when available.

Although many states have codified the bulk of the sections proposed in the UCC, it is important for researchers to make sure that the sections of the UCC in which they are most interested have been codified in their respective state’s statutes. To do so, we suggest using the table in the Uniform Laws Annotated (see catalog link, above) to see which UCC sections have been adopted by your state, and, if so, where they can be found in your state’s statutes. Once you have a state statute citation from the Uniform Laws Annotated, be sure to use the Law Library's Guide to Law Online: U.S. States and Territories to double-check it. To find your state’s statutes, select your state from the list of guides, and then select the "Legislative" tab on the left side of the guide.