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Administrative Law Research Guide

This guide outlines the federal administrative process and materials.

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Publication of Regulations

A. Federal Register

The Federal Register provides a uniform system for publishing presidential documents, regulatory documents with general applicability and legal effect, proposed and final regulations, notices, and documents required by statute to be published. Proposed and final regulations appear first in the Federal Register. In order for any administrative regulation to be legally effective, it must be published in the Federal Register.

Web (Free)

Govinfo.gov (1970 - )
Browse by date or search full-text. Available in PDF format.

FederalRegister.gov  (1994 - )
Filter search results by agency, topic (C.F.R. indexing terms), or type of document. Search by index. Available in PDF format.  

Regulations.gov (current)
Find proposed regulations by keyword, agency, or type of document. Available in PDF format.

Find or submit comments on proposed regulations.  

Web (Subscription)

HeinOnline (1936 - )
Browse by date, retrieve by citation, search by index, or search full-text. Available in PDF format. 

ProQuest Regulatory Insight

Retrieve by citation or search full-text. Available in PDF format. 

Search comments from Regulations.gov.

Lexis

Federal Register (1936 - )
Browse by date or search full-text. Available in PDF format. 

Westlaw

Federal Register - All (1936 - )

Search full-text.

Microfiche

Williams Media 1st Flr, Cabinets B14-B15 (1936-2004)

Rule 14.2 of the Bluebook sets forth the proper form for citing to the Federal Register. The following is an example of a citation to the Federal Register:

57 Fed. Reg. 18,822 (1992) (to be codified at 16 C.F.R. pt. 456).

B. Code of Federal Regulations

The Code of Federal Regulations is an annual codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register. The C.F.R. is divided into 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to federal regulation. Title 3 of the C.F.R. contains presidential proclamations, executive orders, and other presidential documents which are required to be published in the Federal Register.

Web (Free)

Govinfo.gov (1996 - )

Browse by year or search full-text. Search by index. Available in PDF format.

Web (Free)

e-CFR (current)

Browse by title or search full-text.

Web (Subscription)

HeinOnline (1938 - )

Browse by year or title, or search full-text. Available in PDF format.

ProQuest Regulatory Insight (1943 - )

Browse by year, retrieve by citation, or search full-text. Available in PDF format.

Lexis

CFR - Code of Federal Regulations (1981 - )
Browse by title, search by index, or search full-text. If an archived version of a C.F.R. section is available, then a link to archived code versions will appear under About This Document.

Westlaw

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) (current); Code of Federal Regulations - Historical (back to 1984)

Browse by title, search by index, or search full-text. 

Print

Williams Reading Room, KF70 .A3 (current)

Microfiche

Williams Media 1st Flr, Cabinets B12-B13 (1938 - 2004)

Rule 14.2 of the Bluebook sets forth the proper form for citing to the Code of Federal Regulations. The following is an example of a citation to the Code of Federal Regulations:

15 C.F.R. § 8.1 (2011).

Administrative Law Tutorial

Regulatory History Tutorial