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Law Research Assistant Guide to the Law Library

This guide is designed to assist UC Law Research Assistants.

Overview

Administrative codes are the subject organization of regulations. A register is usually a chronological publication and includes notices and proposed regulations as well as final regulations.

Agency decisions, orders, and opinions are much more difficult to find than statutes, cases, or regulations.  Generally, check UCLID, the agency’s website, Lexis & Westlaw, and other commercial publishing sources such as CCH and BNA.

For more information on Administrative law, check out our research guides:

Federal Administrative Law

See our Federal Administrative Law Guide for further details on researching Federal Administrative Law.

CFR

Federal Register

Adjudications

  • Published Decisions in Print
  • Decisions Online
    • Bloomberg BNA (must be on-campus or authenticate from off-campus)
      • Major BNA loose-leafs in the areas of antitrust, banking, bankruptcy, corporations, food & drugs, energy, environment, health care, intellectual property, labor & employment, securities, tax, and transportation are available through the online subscription to BNA materials.
    • CCH IntelliConnect (must be on-campus or authenticate from off-campus)
      • Major CCH loose-leafs in the areas of antitrust, banking, bankruptcy, food & drugs, energy, environment, health care, intellectual property, labor & employment, securities and tax are available through the online subscription to CCH IntelliConnect

Shepardizing & KeyCiting

You can Shepardize and KeyCite administrative regulations.  This will help you find proposed regulations, judicial treatment and interpretation of regulations; and locate secondary sources citing regulations.

State Administrative Law

Ohio

For more details on Ohio Administrative Law resources, see our Ohio Research Guide.

Regulations

  • Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) 
    • Print: Ohio 1 KFO440 .O37 1994
    • Lexis Advance:  Browse Sources > Jurisdiction: Ohio > OH - Ohio Administrative Code
    • Westlaw database OH-ADC
    • Lawriter:  http://codes.ohio.gov/oac
  • Ohio Monthly Record (OMR)
    • Gives notice to the public of repealed rules and proposed rules and publishes new and amended rules in chronological order on a monthly basis. 
    • Print Only:  Ohio 1 KFO36.O45
  •  Register of Ohio

Adjudications

Other States

Regulations

Use Lexis, Westlaw, or go to the state government website.  A good listing of Administrative Codes and Registers is at the Administrative Codes and Registers Section of the National Association of Secretaries of State, http://www.administrativerules.org (click on Administrative Rules).

Adjudications

  • Visit the appropriate state government portal and look for a list of state agencies.  Go to the agency in which you are interested and look for decisions, opinions, or orders.
  • Lexis & Westlaw
    • Go to the appropriate state and look for the category agency materials (it will be called something slightly different in each service).  Find the decisions, opinions or orders for the agency in which you are interested.

Tracking Regulations

Federal

  • RegInfo.gov (back to Fall 1995)
    • Contains the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions.  The Unified Agenda, published every spring and fall, includes regulatory agendas from all Federal entities that currently have regulations under development or review. Agencies of the United States Congress are not included. Fall editions of the Unified Agenda include The Regulatory Plan, which presents agency statements of regulatory priorities and additional information about the most significant regulatory activities planned for the coming year.
    • Also provides various breakdowns of pending agency action, allowing users to view pending actions by rule stage or by agency.
  • Regulations.Gov
    • A centralized site for online access to proposed and final regulations, and submission and review of public comments.
    • Users can sign up for e-mail alerts on a specific regulation or subscribe to RSS feeds for agency notices.
  • Lexis Advance:  Browse Sources > U.S. Federal > Federal Regulation Tracking

States

  • Lexis & Westlaw – just as Lexis & Westlaw have bill tracking for Federal material, they also have it for the states.  Locate the appropriate jurisdiction to find the appropriate database.
  • State websites – some state websites have regulation tracking capabilities.

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