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Locating and Updating Federal Regulations - Klovning

By Mark Kloempken & Tove Klovning

Locating Regulations Online

There are many ways you can locate federal regulations. Which method you use depends on what information is available to you. If you are lucky you may already have a citation to a relevant regulation, or a  ciataion to a relevant statute.

Subscription databases:

In addition to accessing your regulation on WestlawNext and LexisNexisAdvanced you can also access regulations via fee based subscriptions such as Proquest and HeinOnline.

Topical Looseleaf Services and Subject matter databases often contain the text of relevant regulations and these publications are  updated frequently.

Keep in mind that this information is also readily availble for free online many times.

All of these online sources allow you to do a source driven or content driven source. The problems which these types of searches is thatyou may have to filter through a lot of irrelevant results!

No cost options via FDsys, govinfo.gov or Regulations.gov: 

The good  news is that once you have the statutory citation you can use a table to identify relevant reg’s. How?  By browsing the CFR Parallel Table.  Go to FDSys choose the Code of Federal Regulations option on the right and select the Parallel Table of Authorities and rules.   Your statutory citation will lead you to relevant regulations in the CFR.   

1. If you have the statutory citation in the USC then Use Parallel Table of Authorities to find location in the Code of Federal Regulations. to identify the CFR Part that you are interested in exploring.

2. However, you can also search with key words in  FDsys.

3.Via  E-CFR . Go to the e-cfr database (on the left colon) via the CFR homepage The E-cfr will not alert you of pending reg’s that have recently been posted in the Federal Register. Your only current source is the Federal Register.  Always consult the Federal Register after checking the E-CFR.  One more caveat. You cannot cite to this source. You will have to locate the most recent CFR and check for any updates that may be in place since that was published last. 

4. Via Regulations.gov

Our law library maintains one year of the Federal Register in print and also maintains a copy of the Code of Federal Regulation.