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Introduction to Legal Research

Series of presentations to teach the fundamentals of legal research.


Regulations are created by administrative agencies which are part of the executive branch of government.  Regulations, sometimes called agency rules, implement statutes created by the legislative branch of government.  Federal agencies can not regulate without statutory authority from Congress.  Regulations are published in the Federal Register and codified in the Code of Federal Regulations.  This presentation provides the conceptual framework, research methods and resources for federal regulatory research.

Learning Objectives

The learning objectives for this presentation are the following:

  • Understanding the relationship between statutes and regulations, and that agencies can not issue a regulation without statutory authority
  • Knowing the Administrative Procedures Act which requires agencies provide notice of new or revised rules and an opportunity to comment on the rules
  • Knowing that final federal regulations are published initially in the Federal Register and then codified into the Code fo Federal Regulations
  • Learning how to use online databases to locate and update regulatory research


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