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Researching Federal Administrative Regulations

This lesson will teach students and practitioners how to research and efficiently locate rules and regulations promulgated by federal administrative agencies. Especially those areas for which Congress has delegated authority to specific administrative agencies. The lesson addresses the official sources of federal administrative regulations: the Federal Register, the Code of Federal Regulations, and their related materials.

The lesson is organized in four subject categories: Introduction, Sources of Information, Updating Regulatory Information, and Researching Regulations. Each subject category is then broken down into one or two specific topics. Each topic is an independent lesson module containing instructional text and exercises.

This lesson structure allows the student to choose to systematically go through the lesson, module by module, or select those topics of most interest and/or least knowledge.

At the end of the lesson, students will have an opportunity to take a Skills Assessment Quiz and discover how useful the modules have been in improving their knowledge on the regulatory research.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the lesson, the student will be able to:
1. List the five significant categories of information found in the Federal Register.
2. Explain how to use the Federal Register's finding aids.
3. Explain the relationship between the Federal register and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).
4. List the CFR's four finding aids.
5. Explain how to update CFR research.
6. Describe how to create a research plan using the Federal Register and the CFR.

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