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U.S. Law Research guide: Administrative Law

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Code of Federal Regulations

Code of Federal Regulations [C.F.R.](Ref KF 70 .A3 ...2d floor). For a subject-oriented approach to administrative law, use the Code of Federal Regulations. This multi-volume set contains the full text of  general and permanent rules issued by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal government. The CFR is divided into 50 titles which represent broad areas subject to Federal regulation. Each title is revised annually, with the new version superceding the old except for Title 3, which has Proclamations and Executive Orders issued by the President. A separate subject index volume, entitled CFR Index and Finding Aids, is part of the set. Also available from LexisNexis Academic (http://library.csun.edu/restricted/lexis.scr) (Legal Research/Federal Regulations)*, GPO Access: Code of Federal Regulations (http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/cfr-table-search.html) since 1996, and from FindLaw: Code of Federal Regulations (http://www.findlaw.com/casecode/cfr.html).

Example: If you are interested in regulations concerning advertising of prescription drugs, by checking the CFR Index you would find the following citation:

Prescription Drugs

Advertising     21 CFR 202

Title 21 is "Food & Drugs," and part 202 deals with advertising.

Federal Register

Federal Register [FR, Fed. Reg.] (ref KF 70 .A2 ... 2d floor). While the Code of Federal Regulations is revised once each calendar year, all new rules are published in the Federal Register. Therefore, both the CFR and the Federal Register must be used together to determine the latest version of any given rule. At least three different finding aids are provided by the Federal Register, namely a subject index, a list of CFR sections affected (LSA), and the cumulative list of parts affected. Also available from LexisNexis Academic (http://library.csun.edu/restricted/lexis.scr) (Legal Research/Federal Regulations)* and GPO Access: Federal Register (http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/index.html), which is can be searched from 1994 to present. If you have a citation to an exact date of the Federal Register from 1996 to the present, you can use GPO Access: Federal Register: Browse.

Additional sources for administrative law include: