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Library Resource Guide for: FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INFORMATION

Regulations

Definition

Since the amount of legislation that goes through Congress is mind-boggling, there is no way they can have exact details in each law. Laws are more the general plan of the legislation. Afterwards, when the President needs to enact the laws, regulations are made to give the exact details that are needed for proper administration.

How to Understand the Document

There are two sources of information for regulations:

1. The Federal Register have agency regulations. It contains daily announcements of proposals and meetings for input.


2. The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is the subject listing of the Federal Register.


About This Resouce

  • Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is the final version of regulations. The numbering system is title, CFR section number, and sub-section. For example, 47 CFR 73.1940, is volume 47 (telecommunications), 73 (The stands for section) radio broadcast services, .1940 (sub-section for Legally qualified candidates for public office).

  • Federal Register is a daily publication of agency regulations. It differs from the Code of Federal Regulations in that it prints the proposals and meetings on a daily basis for changing regulations, whereas the CFR publishes only the final, approved version. The numbering system is Volume, FR, page number. For example, 70 FR 73919 is volume 70 FR page 73919.

  • If you cannot find a full text version online (sources online have full text back to 1981), use the numbering system to find the regulation in the paper version. Use paper for prior dates. Regulations are cited by title, CFR section number and sometimes year: 47 CFR 73.1940

Access to Information

Digital Information

  • LexisNexis: Regulations has a wide range of search methods for regulations back to 1981.

  • Federal Register has U.S. federal codes for federal agencies back to the 1990s.

  • Code of Federal Regulations

    1. For Demographics, look under title 8 for Alien and Nationality.

    2. For Economics, look at title 3 (The President, full-text back to 1997), 9 (Animals and Animal Product), 10 (Energy), 12 (Banks and Banking), 15 (Commerce and Foreign Trade), 16 (Commercial Practices), 17 (Commodity and Security Exchange), 18 (Conservation of Power and Water Resources), 19 (Customs Duties), 26 (Internal Revenue), 27 (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms), 30 (Mineral Resources), 31 ( Money and Finance), 47 (Telecommunication).

    3. For Education, look at title 3 (The President, full-text back to 1997), 34 (Education, full-text back to 1997).

    4. For Environment, look at title 3 (The President, full-text back to 1997), 40 (Protection of the Environment, full-text from 1996), 43 (Public Lands: Interior, full-text from 1996), and 50 (Wildlife and Fisheries, full-text from 1996).

    5. For Health, look at title 2 (Grants and Agreements, full-text from 2005), 3 (The President, full-text back to 1997), 21 (Food and Drugs, full-text 1996), 42 (Public Health, full-text from 1996), 45 (Public Welfare, full-text from 1996).

    6. For International Relations, look at title 3 (The President, full-text back to 1997), 6 (Homeland Security, full-text back to 2004), 22 (Foreign Affairs, full-text back to 1997).

    7. For Law & Legal Process, look at title 28 (Judicial Administration, full-text back to 1997).

    8. For Military, look at title 3 (The President, full-text back to 1997), 6 (Homeland Security, full-text back to 2004), 22 (Foreign Affairs, full-text back to 1997), 32 (National Defense, full-text back to 1997), 48 (Federal Acquisition Regulations System, full-text back to 1997).

    9. For Science & Technology, look at title 37 (Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights full-text back to 1997).

    10. For Social Policy, look at title 2 (Grants and Agreements, full-text back to 2005), 24 (Housing and Urban Development, full-text back to 1997), 34 (Eduction, full-text back to 1997), 42 (Public Health, full-text back to 1997).

    11. For Transporation, look at title 14 (Areonautics and Space, full-text back to 1997), 23 (Highways, full-text back to 1997), 46 (Shipping, full-text back to 1997), 49 (Transportation, full-text back to 1997).

Paper Information

  • Code of Federal Regulations - The most recent edition is in Reference. Also, explore the microfiche and material in the Annex for historical research back to 1949.

  • Federal Register - The most recent edition is in Reference. Also, explore the microfiche for historical research. Issues go back to 1936.