The Library of Congress recently posted a research guide entitled “How to Trace Federal Regulations.” Instead, rules and regulations are created by a federal body such as an agency, board, or commission, and explain how it intends to carry out or administer a federal law. Regulations do have the force of law and often affect our lives more directly than statutes. The research guide addresses the basics of how to “trace” a federal regulation to derive its statutory authority as well as its origins and history.

You can access the complete research guide here.