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Legal Research: A Guide to Administrative Law

Code of Federal Regulations

The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is a continually revised arrangement of all general and permanent federal rules by subject. It is organized into 50 titles, and each title contains rules in a general subject area. For example, agricultural rules are in Title 7. The CFR has been printed since 1938 and it is updated annually.

A basic citation to a rule in the Code of Federal Regulations using Bluebook* citation style is as follows:

25 C.F.R. § 531.1 (2014).

The citation refers you to the rule found in Title 25, Section 531.1, of the 2014 edition of the CFR.

* The rules governing the most widely used legal citation style are found in The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation.

Free Online Resources

Several websites that offer free access to the Code of Federal Regulations online.

Subscription Databases

Several subscription legal research databases offer access to the Code of Federal Regulations. The following subscription databases (marked with a padlock ) are available onsite at the Library of Congress:

Print Resources

The official version of the Code of Federal Regulations published by the Government Publishing Office is available onsite at the Library of Congress and at some federal depository libraries. Additional print resources for navigating the CFR are also listed below.

The following titles link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional digital content are provided when available.