A Guide for Federal Administrative Law Research

  • This guide identifies the basic online and print resources used for researching federal administrative law. All print resources mentioned are available at Capital University 's Law Library.

    Code of Federal Regulations  
    The Code of Federal Regulations publishes the final regulations of federal agencies. The arrangement is by subject. The Code of Federal Regulations is published annually.

    • In Print: Law Stacks, 4 th floor, paper, most recent edition.
    • Microfiche: First floor, microfiche cabinet, 1938 through 2006.
    • HeinOnline: Available from 1938 forward.
    • Online: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collectionCfr.action?collectionCode=CFR. Available in both text and PDF format, from 1996 forward. http://www.ecfr.gov/. The e-CFR is not the official version of the Code of Federal Regulations . It is updated on a daily basis. The current update status appears at the top of all e-CFR web pages.

    List of Sections Affected  
    The List of CFR Sections Affected lists proposed, new, and amended federal regulations that have been published in the Federal Register since the most recent revision date of the Code of Federal Regulations . It is arranged by title and section of the Code of Federal Regulations . The List of Sections Affected is published monthly.

    • In Print: Law Stacks, 4 th floor. Most recent two years shelved next to the Code of Federal Regulations.
    • HeinOnline: Located in the Federal Register Library, available from 1958 forward.
    • Online: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collection.action?collectionCode=LSA, available from 1997 forward. The site also includes
      • List of CFR Parts Affected Today : Lists the CFR parts affected by changes appearing in most current issue Federal Register.
      • Current List of CFR Parts Affected : Lists the CFR parts affected by changes since the last monthly issue of the LSA.
      • Last Month's List of CFR Parts Affected : Lists only the CFR parts affected by changes during the last month.
       

     Federal Register  
    The Federal Register publishes proposed regulations, final regulations, executive orders, requests for proposals and meeting notices. It is arranged by agency. The Federal Register is published daily Monday through Friday.

    Regulations.gov  
    Regulations.gov is the online source for federal regulations from nearly 300 federal agencies. Search Regulations.gov for proposed rules, final rules or Federal Register notices. Public comments and supporting documents for proposed and final rules may be viewed on this site.

    Reg Map  
    For an overview of the rulemaking process view the Reg Map on RegInfo.gov

    Compilation of Presidential Documents  
    The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents has been replaced by the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents as of January 29, 2009. The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents was the official publication of presidential statements, messages, remarks, and other materials released by the White House Press Secretary.

    The Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents continues the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents as of January 29, 2009. It is the official publication of presidential statements, messages, remarks, and other materials released by the White House Press Secretary.

    U.S. Government Manual  
    The United States Government Manual is the official handbook of the federal government. It provides comprehensive information on the agencies of the legislative, judicial, and executive branches. It includes information on quasi-official agencies, international organizations in which the United States participates, and boards, commissions, and committees.