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TMLL Research Guide - Chapter 10


HIGHLIGHTS OF BLUEBOOK FORM FOR FEDERAL ADMINISTRATIVE SOURCES


Organization of the Code of Federal Regulations

Titles:

The C.F.R. is divided into 50 numbered titles.  While the organization of the 50 titles is similar to the organization of the United States Code (including the annotated versions), there are differences.

Parts:

The next level of organization of the C.F.R. is the Part.  A Part contains a set of regulations on a particular subject.  Rules in a particular part relate to the same subject.  Citations to rules are often to a Part.

Subparts:

Parts may be divided into subparts.  One does not cite to Subparts, but to Parts or Sections, as illustrated below.

Sections:

Analogous to sections in the U.S.C., sections are the smallest segment of the C.F.R.  They may be brief or lengthy, but they generally cover a specific point of law.

Citing the C.F.R.

In the Bluebook, see Rule 14.2 and Table T1.

Citation by section:     21 C.F.R. § 2.10 (2001).

Citation by part:          21 C.F.R. pt. 2 (2001).

The year is taken from the title page of the volume in which the rules are printed, in this case, “Revised as of April 1, 2001.”

Citing the Federal Register

In the Bluebook, see Rule 14.2 and Table T1.

Final rule:        66 Fed. Reg. 19387 (Apr. 16, 2001) (to be codified at 14 C.F.R. pt. 39).

Proposed rule:  66 Fed. Reg. 19403 (proposed Apr. 16, 2001) (to be codified at 40 C.F.R pt. 258).

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