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Poverty and the Law Research Guide

This guide is designed to help you research poverty and law. Although the guide is designed for the seminar class, the resources described in this guide can be applied outside of the class. Research in the area of poverty and law involves more than tradit


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.

Federal Administrative Law

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


Federal Register


  • Published Decisions in Print
  • Decisions Online
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    • Lexis
      • Browse Sources > Narrow by Content Type > Administrative Materials

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


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



Other States


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, (click on Administrative Rules).


  • 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


  • (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 & 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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