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State Regulations - California Western
State Regulations

Library Research Guide
Series #9
Compiled by
Bobbi A. Weaver
Reference Librarian
California Western School of Law
Rev. Oct. 2006

SCOPE: This research guide is not all-inclusive. It does, however, present resources available at the California Western library and online to research state regulations. It is designed to provide the researcher with guidance as to the location of materials dealing with this subject.

Additional research can be conducted using the KIM system, legal periodical indexes, and other finding aids. Access to Lexis, Westlaw, and the Internet is limited to students and faculty at California Western.

We welcome suggestions for improvements to this and other research guides. Please consult the Reference Librarian with suggestions and further research questions.

Getting Started

State regulations are laws which are enacted by state administrative agencies. An administrative agency may only enact regulations if those regulations are limited to a specific subject, if it has been authorized to do so by the state’s legislature, and if it has held hearings and invited public comment on those regulations. Doing research on state regulations can be rather challenging. The following is a list of sources which should help you locate some state regulatory materials.

  • Nyberg, Cheryl Rae. Subject Compilations of State Laws : An Annotated Bibliography. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1981- .
    Location: Reference
    Call No.: KF 1.S92

    This book is issued every year, and is arranged alphabetically by subject. Under each subject heading, there is a list of law review articles and books addressing that subject which have been published in the past year. These articles and books might discuss state regulations, or include citations where you can find regulatory text.

    Each article or book citation is assigned a reference number, such as “4924.01,” and the subject heading will likely include references to other places in Subject Compilations which might have relevant information. For example, under the heading “Alcoholic Beverages” you might find citations to three law review articles on the subject, with a few notes as to the laws and regulations discussed in each article, as well as the statement, “See also Dram Shop Laws; Franchises and Franchising 4980.03.”

    Don’t forget to check the subject heading "State Agencies," which lists articles and other subject headings where agencies and regulations are discussed, and to check the books from previous years.

  • Doyle, Francis R. Searching the Law, The States, 4th ed. Ardsley, N.Y.: Transnational Publishers, Inc., 2003.
    Location: Reference
    Call No.: K F240 .D69 2003

    This book is a directory of practice materials for all 50 states. It is arranged alphabetically, first by state name, and then by subject heading. Some of the subject headings which might be useful for state regulatory research are "Administrative Law," "Civil Service," "Regulated Industries," "Statutes and Regulations," and "Trade Regulations and Economics." For more specific subject headings (e.g., “Taxation”), consult the "Subject Headings" list at the beginning of the book.

Legal Periodical Indexes

Legal periodical indexes are useful for finding law review and journal articles about particular legal subjects. Such articles may contain discussions of state regulations, or citations to state regulations which affect a particular area of law. Most of California Western’s law journals are arranged in alphabetical order by title in the PERIODICALS section on the third floor of the library.

A. Online Periodical Indexes
  • Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP)
    Weekly index to over 500 major U.S. legal periodicals with links to the full text through Westlaw and Lexis (Westlaw and Lexis passwords required).

  • HeinOnline Periodicals
    Image-based collection of law journals, many from date of inception to present. Also, pre-1981 Federal Register, treaties from 1776 and U.S. Supreme Court from 1754. Author, title and full text of articles are searchable.

  • Index to Legal Periodical & Books
    Searchable database and indexing service of the abstracts of law-related articles. Link to a list of databases where the full text of each article is available. Updated daily. Check "Legal Periodicals and Books" to search 1982-present, and "Legal Periodicals Retro" to search 1918-1981.

  • LegalTrac Periodical Index
    Searchable database and index of abstracts of U.S. legal periodical and newspaper articles from 1980 to present. Full text of some articles is available.

  • Lexis-Nexis
    Includes a searchable database of hundreds of U.S. and Canadian law reviews and journals, from 1982 to the present. Full text of all articles available. Note: Lexis password required.

  • Westlaw
    Includes a searchable database of selected documents from hundreds of U.S. law reviews, journals, CLE publications and bar journals. Full coverage for the entire run of some journals, and coverage starting in 1994 for others. Full text of all articles included in the database available. Note: Westlaw password required.

B. Indexes In Print

Name Coverage Location
Current Law Index 1980+ Reference
Index to Legal Periodicals and Books 1700's+ Reference
Index to Periodical Articles Related to Law 1958+ Reference
Law Books in Review 1974+ Reference
Index to California Legal Periodicals and Documents 1964-79 Third Floor; KFC 1 .C12
All CAL Index to Law Reviews and Legal Periodicals 1963-78 Third Floor; KF 8 .G66

California, Nevada, and Arizona Regulatory Materials

Westlaw and Lexis-Nexis carry databases of current (and some past) regulations for all 50 states. Specific databases for California are included below. For other states, consult the Lexis-Nexis Directory of Online Services, or the Westlaw Database Directory, both available at the Reference Desk, for relevant online libraries and databases, or check the online directory of databases at or

A. California

1. Print Resources

  • Barclays Official California Code of Regulations.
    Location: Core Collection (1st Floor)
    Call No.: KFC35 1990 .A22

  • California Regulatory Notice Register
    Location: Core Collection
    Call No.: KFC36 .C34
    This is where new and proposed regulations are first published.

  • California Building Code [CCR Title 24, Part 2]
    Location: Reserve
    Call No.: KFC813.A43 I57

2. Lexis-Nexis

  • Barclay’s Official California Code of Regulations
    LIBRARY: California Statutes and Regulations
    FILE: Barclay’s Official California Code of Regulations

  • California Regulatory Law Bulletin from 1990
    LIBRARY: California Statutes and Regulations
    FILE: California Regulatory Law Bulletin

3. Westlaw

  • Barclay’s Official Code of Regulations
    LIBRARY: California Administrative and Executive Materials
    FILES: Barclay’s Official Code of Regulations (current year); California Administrative Code (prior years)

  • California Regulation Tracking
    LIBRARY: California Administrative and Executive Materials
    FILES: California Regulation Tracking and California Regulation Tracking Full Text

4. Internet

The California Office of Administrative Law publishes California regulations on-line through Westlaw. Some California administrative agencies also make their respective regulations, proposed regulations opinions and official guidelines or handbooks available through the World Wide Web. Below is a list of sites where some of these materials can be found. Be careful to check the revision dates and sources for information found on the Internet.

California Code of Regulations (Office of Administrative Law)

Selected California Agencies

Architects Board
Department of Education
Bureau of Automotive Repair
Department of Developmental Services
Board of Behavioral Sciences
Emergency Medical Services Authority
Office of Real Estate Appraisers
California Energy Commission
Dept of Real Estate
Department of Financial Institutions
Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Department of Fish and Game
California Horse Racing Board
Department of Insurance
California Integrated Waste Management Board
Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board
Department of Toxic Substances Control
Attorney General Published Opinions

B. Nevada

C. Arizona

Other States

Westlaw and Lexis-Nexis carry databases of current (and some past) regulations for all 50 states. To find the database for a specific state, consult the Lexis-Nexis Directory of Online Services, or the Westlaw Database Directory, both available at the Reference Desk, or check the online directory of databases at or

Statutes and administrative codes for all fifty states are also available for free online at:

Washburn University School of Law Library

  • Click on your state name from the table.

  • Be sure to check the currency of information found on the Internet.