Administrative regulations are very similar to statutes, except they are produced by administrative agencies (e.g. the Environmental Protection Agency—EPA) instead of legislatures. There are two main sources for federal administrative regulations:
The CFR and Federal Register are available online in the following places:
Documents of state and federal administrative agencies may also be useful sources in your research. The law library has collections of selected federal government documents in print, microform, and online formats. They can be found by searching POLAR by keyword, title, or author (by using the specific agency or department name as the author--e.g., United States Department of Agriculture). Government documents in print and microform can be found on the north side of the library.
Lexis and Westlaw also have databases of selected agency documents.
When using the Internet for research, be sure to carefully evaluate the websites you are using to determine how authoritative they are and any potential bias they may have on the topic you are researching.
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