Sources and Tools to the Federal Register

Part of LLSDC's Legislative Source Book

Free Sources


FederalRegister.gov, 1994+ (Sections, Browse, Adv. SearchNext Day'sTutorialsDoc Drafting)

Federal Register, 1980+ (via GovInfo - Search, Advanced Search, Cite Retrieve, Browse)

Federal Register, 1980+ (via GPO FDsys - Browse, Advance SearchCite Retrieve - 1995+)

Federal Register, 1936-1993 (via Library of Congress - Browse, Search/Cite Search - ##  ####)

Federal Register (via WorldCat - paper, microform & digital sources identified in library catalogs)

Commercial Sources


Federal Register, 1936+ (via Bloomberg Law - Search, Browse, Cite Retrieve)

Federal Register, 1936+ (via HeinOnline - Search, Browse, Cite Retrieve)

Federal Register, 1936+ (via Lexis - Search, Get Doc by Cite as in 73 FR 21220; PDF before 1981)

Federal Register, 1936+ (via Lexis Advance - Search, Browse, Cite Retrieve - 73 FR 21220; PDF bef. 1981)

Federal Register, 2005+ (via National Law Library - Search, Browse, Cite Retrieve)

Federal Register, 1936+ (via Proquest Regulatory Insight - organized access to regulatory histories of laws)

Federal Register, 1936+ (via Westlaw - Search, Cite Retrieve as in 73 FR 21220; PDF before 1981)

Federal Register, 1947+ - Proposed Rules (via Lexis - Search)

Free Research and Tracking Tools


Federal Register (via Archives.gov - TutorialsPublic Inspection ListWriting Resources - Handbooks)

Federal Register Pages Published Annually (via LLSDC; see also related CRS Report)

Office of the Federal Register (via OFR - Public Inspection List of forthcoming regs & other resources)

RegInfo.gov (tracks proposed rules for OMB review; independent agencies exempt)

Regulations.gov (view or comment on proposed Federal regulations & notices; review  comments) 

Research Guide to the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations (via LLSDC)

Sources and Tools to the Code of Federal Regulations (via LLSDC)

Table of Congressional and Federal Register Volumes (1932 to Present) (via LLSDC)

Tutorials, History and Statistics on the Fed. Register (via FederalRegister.gov - Federal Register 101)

Citation Examples:

Importation of Fruits and Vegetables, 60 Fed. Reg. 50,379, 50381 (Sept. 29, 1995) (to be codified at 7 C.F.R. pt. 300). {per Bluebook rule 14.2(a)}.

Federal Reserve Bank Capital Stock, 81 Fed. Reg. 9082 (Feb. 24, 2016) (amending 12 C.F.R. pt. 209). {per ALWD Guide to Legal Citation rule 18.3(e)}.

Incentive-Based Compensation Arrangements, 81 Fed. Reg. 37670 (jointly proposed Jun. 10, 2016) (to be codified at 12 C.F.R. pt. 42, pt. 236. pt. 372. pt. 741, pt. 751, pt. 1232, and 17 C.F.R. pt. 240, pt. 275, and pt. 303). {per Bluebook rule 14.2(b)}.



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Last revised on August 31, 2017