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.


Books

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

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 www.lexis.com or www.westlaw.com.


A. California

1. Print Resources

2. Lexis-Nexis

3. Westlaw

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)
http://ccr.oal.ca.gov

Selected California Agencies

Architects Board
http://www.cab.ca.gov/
Department of Education
http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/lr/
Bureau of Automotive Repair
http://www.smogcheck.ca.gov/stdhome.asp
Department of Developmental Services
http://www.dds.ca.gov/
Board of Behavioral Sciences
http://www.bbs.ca.gov/
Emergency Medical Services Authority
http://www.emsa.ca.gov/
Office of Real Estate Appraisers
http://www.orea.ca.gov/
California Energy Commission
http://www.energy.ca.gov/
Dept of Real Estate
http://www.dre.ca.gov/
Department of Financial Institutions
http://www.dfi.ca.gov/
Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/
Department of Fish and Game
http://www.dfg.ca.gov/
California Horse Racing Board
http://www.chrb.ca.gov/
Department of Insurance
http://www.insurance.ca.gov/
California Integrated Waste Management Board
http://www.ciwmb.ca.gov/
Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board
http://www.dir.ca.gov/OSHSB/oshsb.html
Department of Toxic Substances Control
http://www.dtsc.ca.gov/
Attorney General Published Opinions
http://caag.state.ca.us/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 www.lexis.com or www.westlaw.com.

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

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