How do you quote a federal regulation?

How do you quote a federal regulation?

A citation to a codified federal rule is made up of three parts: Element (a)-The title number, followed by a space, and "C.F.R." (for "Code of Federal Regulations"), followed by a space, for example, 20 C.F.R. SS 404.260. Element (b) consists of the year published followed by the volume number and then the page number. For example, 20 C.F.R. S 404.907 was published in 1990 as Volume 20, Number 2. The text between these elements constitutes the citation.

(c) is the actual citation. It consists of the regulatory section number, followed by a period, and then the sub-section number. For example, 20 C.F.R. S 404.907 (d) would be cited as Case v. Shalala.

Federal regulations are maintained by agencies that publish them for public comment before they take effect. Once published, no changes can be made to a regulation without publication of a new version for comment. Changes may be made during an agency's review process or after an action has been taken based on the original version. In this case, the altered language should be noted on any subsequent citations. An agency may remove itself from consideration of a particular matter through cancellation, termination, or exemption. When this occurs, all references to the regulation must also be removed.

How is a citation to a codified state regulation written?

A citation to a codified state rule is composed of equivalent parts, but in a slightly different sequence and modified to the nomenclature of the particular compilation. Unlike citations to the C.F.R., which begin with a title number, most state code references begin with the name of the state code (abbreviated). Thereafter, the citation should include the section number, a period, and then the paragraph number within that section. For example, one would cite 29 NCAC 02N.0302(d) by writing "NCAC 2N.0302(d)" or simply ".0302(d)".

The first thing to do when preparing a citation to a state rule is to determine what publication contains the rule. Most states publish their administrative rules in the North Carolina Administrative Code (NCAC), which can be found on its website at The appropriate section number must be identified before proceeding further.

Next, locate the proper subdivision of the NCAC. This can usually be determined by reading the introductory text of the rule. For example, Rule 21C-6.0020(b) of the NCAC relates to "Prohibited acts; grounds for disciplinary action." A reader would know this rule pertains to chapter 6 of Title 21 of the North Carolina General Statutes by looking at the cover page of the NCAC or by searching under "21C" on the agency's website.

How do you cite a federal code?

A citation to a federal legislation in five of the unofficial codes is substantially the same as a citation to the United States Code, with the publisher included Rule 12.3. 1(d) and Table 1:

  1. Title number.
  2. U.S.C.A.
  3. Section number preceded by the section symbol (§) and a space.
  4. Name of publisher.
  5. Year of the code*

How do you cite in-text regulations?

The in-text citation structure for unidentified regulations, as well as an example citation, are provided below. The following are the fundamental parts of an APA Style reference for a regulation from the Code of Federal Regulations.

  1. Name of the regulation.
  2. Title number.
  3. Abbreviated name of the source.
  4. Section number.
  5. Date.

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