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Citing Federal Register

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The Federal Register (FR) includes all final and proposed regulations, notices of investigations and meetings, and regulatory investigation notices from federal administrative agencies. Final regulations are added to the next issuance of the Code of Federal Regulations.

A citation to the Federal Register (FR) should allow the reader to find the exact section cited without having to search the entire text of a daily issue. The volume and page number of the FR issue serve as unique identifiers to both the print version and the online version of an FR entry. Page numbering begins with page "1" on the first business day of each year. Each volume number corresponds to a single year.

For each citation, include:

  • Title of the section, including part (if applicable), and type of action (final rule, proposed rule to amend, notice, etc.). This information can be found in the header for each database entry.
  • Federal Register volume, issue, date, and page (located in the header). If an entry has been divided into several parts by the online source, be sure to include this information in the citation.
  • Web service name (Available from: ProQuest® Congressional)
  • Date accessed by the user (Accessed: date)

For example:

"National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Source Categories: Aerospace Manufacturing and Rework (Proposed Rules and Notice of Public Hearing)." Federal Register 59:146 (August 1, 1994) p. 38949. Available from: ProQuest® Congressional; Accessed: 9/15/04.

Entry divided into multiple parts, due to length

Occasionally, it is necessary for the online text of an entry to be divided into several parts because of its length. The total number of parts should be included following the date in each entry. However, do not confuse the database "part" (Part I of II and Part II of II, for example) with the regulation "part" (Part XIV, as seen in the example below). Since many regulations are exceedingly complex, it is frequently necessary to publish and update each part individually.

For example:

"Final National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System and Storm Water Multi-Sector General Permit for Industrial Activities, Part XIV (Notice)." Federal Register 60:189 (Sept. 29, 1995) p. 50804; Parts I-II). Available from: ProQuest® Congressional; Accessed: 9/15/04.

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