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Administrative Law Sources: Federal Register

What it is ...

The daily official compilation of regulatory and related output of all federal agencies. It includes rulemaking and open meeting notices, proposed rules, final rules and other announcements.

Sample citations:

  • 60 Fed. Reg. 50,379 (Sept. 29, 1995) (to be codified at 7 C.F.R. pt. 1).
  • 60 F.R. 50379 [this citation does not conform to Bluebook rules]

Where to find it ...

Online via free, open web resources:

  • FDSys Federal Register Collection via GPO - browseable current and historical (1995- ) issues
  • FDSys Advanced Search via GPO
    • select Available Collections: Federal Register
    • search by keywords, citation or Code of Federal Regulations title/part affected
  • via the Office of the Federal Register - browseable and searchable current and historical (Feb. 1, 1994- ) issues

Online via subscription resources:

  • Via LexisNexis Academic (1936- ) searchable by keywords, citation or Code of Federal Regulations reference
    • select US Legal > Federal Statutes, Codes & Regulations > Select Source(s): Federal Register
  • Via Lexis (individual password required) (1936- )
    • select Legal > Federal Legal - U.S > Federal Register
  • Via Westlaw (individual password required) (1981- ) -
    • select Westlaw database identifier FR
    • select WestlawNext Federal Materials > Federal Register

In print: KF70 .A2

  • Located in off-site storage, retrieval may take 2 days or more
  • Consult a reference librarian regarding requesting retrieval, but we highly recommend the online sources above

On microform: vols. 1-41 (1936 to 1976) and vol. 43-vol. 61, no. 46 (1978 to March 7, 1996)

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