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Government Documents: Finding Federal Regulations

A guide for the Government Documents Collection


Federal Regulations

The U.S. Congress has authorized federal agencies to issue administrative rules and regulations. The Federal Register Act of 1935 established the framework for access to these documents. The publications and finding aids for regulatory materials are located in various online resources.

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Federal Register Online                             

Federal Register                  1994 - 2014    

Federal Register                                        

Code of Federal Regulations                       

Code of Federal Regulations (annual edition)


How to read the CFR numbers

The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) contains general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register. It is divided into 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to Federal regulation.

Each title is divided into chapters and each chapter is further subdivided into parts that cover specific regulatory areas. Large parts may be subdivided into subparts. All parts are organized in sections.