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Federal Agencies and Executive Branch: Home


Secondary Sources
     Journal Articles

     Federal Register
     Code of Federal Regulations

Regulatory History
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     Conducting Regulatory History                        Research

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     Administrative Decisions

Presidential Documents
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     Presidential Directives
     Administrative Orders
     Reorganization Plans
     Other Presidential Information


Federal administrative law comes from the Executive Branch of the United States government. It relates to the powers of the President, the functions and procedures of federal administrative agencies, and the methods of judicial review of administrative decisions.

Administrative law exists in a number of forms including rules, regulations, orders, and decisions. The President is empowered to issue executive orders, proclamations, and reorganization plans. Administrative agencies, when specifically granted the authority by Congress, have the power to create, or promulgate, rules and regulations that have the same authority as statutes. This rulemaking authority is explicitly recognized in the Administrative Procedures Act of 1946, one of the most important federal statutes of general applicability to administrative agencies.

Agencies also make administrative decisions, or adjudications, that are in some ways similar to judicial trials. Any administrative action that directly affects the rights of specific individuals is categorized as an administrative adjudication. Due to the range in scope of administrative decisions, administrative law materials related to agency decisions include a wide variety of materials, including opinions written by administrative law judges.

This research guide provides information on the various sources of administrative law and where those sources can be accessed. The guide details availability in print resources as well as links to both free and subscription-based online resources. Most subscription resources can be freely accessed using the public access terminals in the Ross-Blakley Law Library or remotely by Arizona State University students, faculty, and staff with an ASURITE ID. Select resources, including Westlaw and Lexis databases, are only available to Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law students, faculty, and staff.


The reference librarians at the Ross-Blakley Law Library are happy to help you find or navigate research resources. 

Librarians are available 9am-4pm Monday-Thursday and 9am-2pm on Friday by phone or by email.

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