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Administrative Law

This research guide is not intended to be comprehensive, but rather will list some of the major sources of law in the area and a variety of tools for the researcher to use when confronted with a legal issues involving administrative law.

Federal Regulation Links

Federal Register

The Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents.

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)

The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) annual edition is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the departments and agencies of the Federal Government.

Code of Federal Regulations Citations

The following describes how information is contained in a CFR citation from govinfo Help:

  • Title: Is the numeric value to the left of "CFR".

  • Part: Is the numeric value to the right of "CFR" and preceding the period (".").

  • Section/Subpart: Is the numeric value to the right of the period (".").

    • A subpart is a letter of the alphabet (A-Z) that is used to retrieve an entire subpart of the CFR rather than many individual sections. For example: Subpart E.

  • Revision Year: The four digit year from the "Revised as of" text represents the year being cited. The revision year is not always available when the CFR is cited.

The following example illustrates information contained in a CFR citation.

21 CFR 310.502 Revised as of April 1, 1997

  • Title: 21

  • Part: 310

  • Section: 502

  • Year: 1997

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