The following sample searches are provided as guides to popular types of searches in the CFR databases. For the sake of space, only the top three or four hits in each results list are included with each example below.
This type of search returns documents that are related to a specific subject. The word(s) that you enter as your search term(s) may appear anywhere within the document.
As described above, each document in the results list is accompanied by an identification code and other descriptors that allow you immediately to identify the title and part numbers. This query returns documents related to the food additive Flectol H at the part, subpart, and section levels.
This type of search returns documents based on the name of the issuing agency. To make your search more specific, modify the query by also including a subject.
In the above query, two of the returned documents have nearly the same title, yet one is distinguished by the label "Table of Contents." The reason for this apparent duplication is that each CFR part is accompanied by its table of contents in the results list. The table of contents contains only a list of the subparts and sections of the corresponding part. Since it does not include any regulatory text, it has a considerably smaller file size. Essentially, the table of contents is the introductory "heading" from a part in the CFR.
In the list that displays your query results, the title of each CFR document is preceded by an identification code. The identification code contains three elements: a title number, a database abbreviation, and a part and/or section number. For example, in the identification code "7CFR246.11," "7" is the title number, "cfr" stands for Code of Federal Regulations, "246" is the part number, and "11" is the section number.