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Political Science 306 Regulatory Policy  

Professor S. Rinfret
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Regulation Research & Legislative Histories

This guide contains resources to help you complete assignments 1 through 4.  Assignments 1 and 3 deal primarily with the regulation itself and you will find yourself using similar resources to complete these two assignments. 

Assignments 2 & 4 require you to do additional research to uncover legislative intent and provide a context for the regulation you are examining.  Again, you will find yourself using similar resources to complete those two assignments. 


Assignment #1

To trace the historical development of a Federal Regulation start in the Federal Register.  You will find access to this resource on the Assignments 1&3 tab.


Assignment #2

To find background information and to provide a context for your ruling there are several good places to start.  All the resources listed below can be found on the Assignments 2 & 4 tab above:

  1. Historical New York Times will provide primary source materials for background.  Be sure to limit  to a specific date range.
  2. The Cofrin Library catalog may have books and federal documents on your specific rule.
  3. A smart web search can produce great results.  Closely review freely available websites to be sure they are accurate and current. 



Assignment #3

For this assignment you will be using the Federal Register along with several other government publications.


Assignment #4

For the final stage of the process you will want to thoroughly examine all supporting materials related to your Rule.  This includes searching the journal literature via the library databases.  See tab "Assignments 2 & 4" for links to relevant resources.

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