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Presidential Documents: Fed. Reg. & CFR

Publications of the President or the Executive Office of the President.

Federal Register

"The Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as executive orders and other presidential documents." It is published by the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). (FDsys)

Years Format Location
03/14/1936-present online Federal Register Library via HeinOnline Best Bet
03/14/1936-present online search or browse in govinfo
03/14/1936-present online Westlaw. Choose Federal Materials > Federal Register.
03/14/1936-present online Nexis Uni. Choose: Menu > All Sources > Search Within Sources > Federal Register > Drop down menu next to Federal Register: Add source as a search filter; or,
Choose: Advanced Search > Legal > Administrative Codes and Regulations > Registers > search, then limit to Sources > Federal Register.
vol. 1-58
online Federal Register, via Library of Congress and HeinOnline. (Browseable but not searchable. Researchers can download PDF files of up to 20 pages per download. Instructions.)
1980-present online ProQuest Congressional > Regulations


Public Inspection. "Offers a preview of documents scheduled to appear in the next day’s Federal Register issue. The Public Inspection page may also include documents scheduled for later issues, at the request of the issuing agency."

What is the difference among (at the Federal level) ....?

(statutes enacted by Congress, the legislative branch)
(administrative law
from the Executive branch)
Court decisions
(case law
from the Judicial branch)
Organized in chronological order United States Statutes at Large, etc. Federal Register (FR), etc. United States Reports, etc.
In force at a given time, organized by subject matter United States Code (USC), etc. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)  

Code of Federal Regulations

"The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) [...] is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register 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 matter titles contain one or more individual volumes, which are updated once each calendar year, on a staggered basis. The annual update cycle is as follows: titles 1-16 are revised as of January 1; titles 17-27 are revised as of April 1; titles 28-41 are revised as of July 1, and titles 42-50 are revised as of October 1." (FDsys)

Years Format Location
1936- (with gaps) print Govt Ref AE 2.106 (Title 3 only)
1938-present online Code of Federal Regulations via HeinOnline Best Bet
1981-present online ProQuest Congressional > Regulations
1996- online search or browse in govinfo
various years online HathiTrust
current only online Westlaw. Choose Federal Materials > Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).
current only online Nexis Uni. Choose: Menu > All Sources > Search Within Sources > CFR - Code of Federal Regulations > Drop down menu next to "CFR - Code of Federal Regulations": "Add source as a search filter"; or,
Choose: Advanced Search > Legal > Administrative Codes and Regulations > Administrative Codes > search, then limit to Sources > CFR - Code of Federal Regulations.

CFR Titles

Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Table of Contents (2017)

Title 1    General Provisions

Title 2    Grants and Agreements

Title 3    The President

Title 4    Accounts

Title 5    Administrative Personnel

Title 6    Domestic Security

Title 7    Agriculture

Title 8    Aliens and Nationality

Title 9    Animals and Animal Products

Title 10    Energy

Title 11    Federal Elections

Title 12    Banks and Banking

Title 13    Business Credit and Assistance

Title 14    Aeronautics and Space

Title 15    Commerce and Foreign Trade

Title 16    Commercial Practices

Title 17    Commodity and Securities Exchanges

Title 18    Conservation of Power and Water Resources

Title 19    Customs Duties

Title 20    Employees' Benefits

Title 21    Food and Drugs

Title 22    Foreign Relations

Title 23    Highways

Title 24    Housing and Urban Development

Title 25    Indians

Title 26    Internal Revenue

Title 27    Alcohol, Tobacco Products and Firearms

Title 28    Judicial Administration

Title 29    Labor

Title 30    Mineral Resources

Title 31    Money and Finance: Treasury

Title 32    National Defense

Title 33    Navigation and Navigable Waters

Title 34    Education

Title 35    Panama Canal [Reserved]

Title 36    Parks, Forests, and Public Property

Title 37    Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights

Title 38    Pensions, Bonuses, and Veterans' Relief

Title 39    Postal Service

Title 40    Protection of Environment

Title 41    Public Contracts and Property Management

Title 42    Public Health

Title 43    Public Lands: Interior

Title 44    Emergency Management and Assistance

Title 45    Public Welfare

Title 46    Shipping

Title 47    Telecommunication

Title 48    Federal Acquisition Regulations System

Title 49    Transportation

Title 50    Wildlife and Fisheries


A Title , in this case, is a "subdivision of a statute or code". (Black's Law Dictionary)

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