Q. How do I cite a federal regulation in the APA style?

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Executive agencies issue regulations or rules.  They are first published in the Federal Register (Fed. Reg.), a daily publication.  Each year, the rules are codified (put into a subject arrangement) and published in the Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.).  Examples of Reference list and in-text citations for both the Federal Register and the Code of Federal Regulations are available in the APA Guide, References tab, Legal materials subtab.

Federal Register:

Federal Regulations in Federal Register APA citation examples

Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.):

Federal Regulation in Code of Federal Regulations APA examples

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  • Last Updated Jun 30, 2020
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  • Answered By Suzanne Schriefer, Education & General Education Librarian

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  1. Please provide guidance for citing and referencing this CFR:
    TITLE 45: PUBLIC WELFARE; DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
    PART 46: PROTECTION OF HUMAN SUBJECTS
    Subpart A. Basic HHS Policy for Protection of Human Research Subjects
    Sec. §46.101 To what does this policy apply?
    ************
    Would the reference be...?
    1) To what does this policy apply? 45 C.F.R. §46.101 (2009)
    2) PROTECTION OF HUMAN SUBJECTS 45 C.F.R. §46.101 (2009)
    3) PROTECTION OF HUMAN SUBJECTS: To what does this policy apply? 45 C.F.R. §46.101 (2009)

    Sara, Librarian Reply: Hi Pat, based on the examples given in the Answer above, the APA-style citation for this CFR would be your second option, only the capitalization/punctuation should look like this:

    Protection of Human Subjects, 45 C.F.R. §46.101 (2009).

    And the in-text citation would look like this:

    (Protection of Human Subjects, 2009)
    by PatP on Feb 21, 2018.