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Types of Government Information Resources
*Produced by government agencies (local, state-wide, national, or international)
*Intended to report on agency activities, assist policy makers, keep citizens informed, etc.
*Government agencies around the United States and the World publish vast quantities of statistics and papers on all issues
*Publications include: studies, reports, hearings, legislation, regulations...
*The UM libraries are an official depository of government information so you will find many publications here and many are available online.
U.S. Government's web portal with links to government agency websites. Find information by subject or by using their search engine.
After a bill has been approved by both the House and Senate in identical form, it is sent to the President.
If the President approves of the legislation he/she signs it and it becomes law.
Federal laws are published in two formats - a chronological format (U.S. Statutes at Large) and a topical format (U.S. Code).
Once laws have been passed, regulatory agencies create the rules and regulations necessary to implement and enforce the law.
Proposed rules are published chronologically in the Federal Register before they take affect and are open for comment.
Once rules are adopted, they are compiled in a topical arrangement (issuing agency and subject) in the Code of Federal Regulations.
Online source for U.S. government regulations from nearly
300 federal agencies. Examples of what you can do on this site:
*Search for a regulation such as a proposed rule, final rule or Federal Register (FR) notice
Free U.S. Government information / publications from all three branches of the Federal Government. This is a
service of the United States Government Publishing Office (GPO), which is a Federal agency in the legislative branch.
To find a proposed rule, visit regulations.gov and enter your search terms into the search box.
On the search results page, you can narrow the results so that you only see proposed rules.
How Do I Cite This?
If a proposed rule has passed, the citation for regulations should include:
The title number followed by a space and "C.F.R." (for "Code of Federal Regulations)
The section number preceded by the section symbol and a space
the year of the most recent compilation of that title
40 C.F.R. § 122.2 (2010).
If the regulation does not yet appear in the C.F.R. , cite to the Federal Register:
Proposed rules, new rules, and presidential papers, proclamations, and executive orders are published daily in The Federal Register - https://www.federalregister.gov.
If a rule has not yet been published in the C.F.R., cite to the Federal Register.
Include the title of the regulation, the volume of the Federal Register __Fed. Reg.__followed by the issue. Enclose the date in parentheses. Note: To find the volume and issue, open the pdf to view the header of the published Register.
Examinations of Work Areas in Underground Coal Mines for Violations of Mandatory Health or Safety Standards, 77 Fed. Reg. 67 (April 6, 2012). Federal Register: The Daily Journal of the United States. Web. 6 April 2012.