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Law Journals' Guide to Source & Cite

This guide is designed to help journal students locate and request materials for source and cite checking assignments.

Regulations

Regulations

The Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) is the codification of rules created by the departments and agencies of the Federal Government. It is divided into 50 titles that represent broad areas subject to federal regulation.  The 50 subject titles of the regulations in the C.F.R. are similar but not identical to the titles of the federal statutes in the U.S. Code.

The Federal Register is the daily publication for Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government.  It serves as the daily newsletter for the executive branch, including all federal agencies.  Regulations are first published in the Federal Register before they are codified in the Code of Federal Regulations.

 What the cite looks like   Publication  PDF Source   Coverage
   GAO Reports FDsys  FY 1989 to date
 47 C.F.R. § 73.609  Code of Federal Regulations GovInfo  1996 to date
HeinOnline  1938 - 1983
 60 Fed. Reg. 50,379  Federal Register (includes proposed regulations)  GovInfo  1994 to date
HeinOnline  1936 to near current

Other Agency Reports

Other Agency Reports

Frequently working papers and agency reports court can be located in Worldcat or in a Google search. Some tricks to narrow your search include placing key phrases from the title in quotes (but note that authors frequently misstate titles so try various options), limiting the domain searched where appropriate (for a government report add site:gov to your Google search), and limiting the filetype to PDF (add filetype:pdf to your Google search).

Presidential Materials

Presidential Materials

The most common types of presidential documents are executive orders and proclamations.  Both are published in the Federal Register and numbered sequentially as they are issued.  All presidential proclamations and executive orders are compiled annually and published in Title 3 of the Code of Federal Regulations. 

Compilations of Pres. Documents

What the cite looks like Publication PDF Source Coverage
Weekly Comp. Pres. Doc. Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents GovInfo 1993 to date
HeinOnline 1965 to date
Pub. Papers Public Papers of the Presidents of the U.S. GovInfo 1991 to date