Regulations are officially published both chronologically (like session laws) and topically (like codified statutes).
Chronological publication appears in the Federal Register. Agencies must give notice of proposed rule-making by publishing in the Federal Register (F.R.). See Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552 (1988). After a sufficient time for comment has elapsed, the final rule (if any) must be published once again in the F.R. The F.R. is NOT in subject order; it is a daily chronological printing of the business of the federal agencies.
NOTE: “LEGISLATIVE INTENT” FOR REGULATIONS: While there is no true legislative intent for regulations, the Federal Register usually includes the agency’s rationale for promulgating a particular regulation as well as summaries of public commentary on proposed regulations. These summaries typically accompany the printing of the final rule or regulation in the Federal Register. The summaries do not appear in the CFR (see below) and can only be found using the Federal Register cite for the final rule or regulation, given in the CFR.
|Library:||KF 70 A2 (Mezzanine Level)|
|LexisAdvance:||In main search box, type in "Federal Register" and then click on "Federal Register, All" to view from 1936 - current or "FR-Federal Register Current Year" to view current year Federal Register only.|
|WestlawNext:||FR-ALL database (1936 - current)|
|Internet:||Federal Register via FDsys (from 1994);
LexisNexis Academic (Go to Search by Content Type > Federal Statutes and Regulations > Select "Federal Register" from the Advance Search Menu Sources drop-down menu) (from 1936—UC Only)
HeinOnline Federal Register (1936-2012, UCLA Only)
Regulations are codified by subject in the Code of Federal Regulations. The Code of Federal Regulations is analogous to the U.S. Code; it reproduces, by topic, all the regulations of the federal agencies currently in effect.
|Library:||KF 70 A32 (Level 1 – East Reading Room)|
|LexisAdvance:||To view the current CFR, type "CFR" in the main search box and then click on the source "CFR - Code of Federal Regulations." Archived versions of the CFR are not available on Lexis Advance. To view archived versions through LexisNexis, please consult a reference librarian.|
|WestlawNext:||CFR database for current code; Code of Federal Regulations - Historical for older codes (from 1984)|
|Internet:||CFR via FDsys (1996 to 2012);
LexisNexis Academic (Click on "Find" and then search for CFR in the Keyword box. Select CFR by year, or "ALL CFR" to search all years combined) (from 1981)
HeinOnline CFR (1938 to 2011, UCLA only); Cornell's Legal Information Institute (current version)
|Library:||KF 70 A32 Index (East Reading Room, next to the CFR)|
Library: KF 70 A34 W47 (East Reading Room)
|Library:||KF 70 A32 Sections Affected (East Reading Room)|
|Internet:||CFR List of Sections Affected via FDsys (from 1997)|
|Library:||KF 70 A32 (East Reading Room)|