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Friday, April 23, 2010

Locating Federal Regulations Online

Federal Digital System (FDsys)

The new FDsys database available on the Government Printing Office's Web site (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/) makes available two sources in PDF that are essential for federal administrative law research:
  • Federal Register (1994-current)
This source is published daily (except for weekends and national holidays) and contains notices, rules, and proposed rules from federal agencies along with Presidential Executive Orders.
  • Code of Federal Regulations (2000-current)
The CFR compiles the permanent and temporary rules announced in the Federal Register and arranges them among 50 titles. Keep in mind that while the subjects are similar to the arrangement in the United States Code, they do not necessarily correspond to each other. The CFR volumes are replaced annually.


The HeinOnline database contains all issues of the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations in PDF format. UH law students and faculty can access this database by clicking the following link: http://www.law.uh.edu/libraries and choosing "HeinOnline" from the drop down menu under "Legal Databases". Access to this database requires the Law Library's Virtual Private Network (VPN) and information about installation can be found at: http://www.law.uh.edu/lit/instructions/vpn.html.

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