If you have access to the Code of Federal Regulations in print, you can find federal regulations by:
(2) annotations to the U.S. Code;
(3) browsing the table of contents; and
§ 300.1 Purposes.
The purposes of this part are—
(a) To ensure that all children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living;
(b) To ensure that the rights of children with disabilities and their parents are protected;
(c) To assist States, localities, educational service agencies, and Federal agencies to provide for the education of all children with disabilities; and
(d) To assess and ensure the effectiveness of efforts to educate children with disabilities.
(Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1400(d))
34 C.F.R. § 300.17
Free appropriate public education or FAPE means special education and related services that—
(a) Are provided at public expense, under public supervision and direction, and without charge;
(b) Meet the standards of the SEA, including the requirements of this part;
(c) Include an appropriate preschool, elementary school, or secondary school education in the State involved; and
(d) Are provided in conformity with an individualized education program (IEP) that meets the requirements of §§ 300.320 through 300.324.
(Authority: 20 U.S.C. 1401(9))
The law library also maintains a current copy of the multi-volume West's Code of Federal Regulations General Index in its collection.
Proposed regulations, with requests for comments, and final regulations of federal agencies are published daily in the Federal Register. You can access the Federal Register on the GPO's govinfo website. Related Resources at the bottom of the Federal Register page in govinfo include links to an unofficial web-searchable daily edition of the Federal Register at federalregister.gov and regulations.gov for citizens to track and comment on proposed regulations.
Federal agency websites can be great resources for finding links to the federal laws they enforce and the regulations they issue to do so. For example, the U.S. Department of Education maintains a website devoted to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The IDEA website includes a tab, which provides a link to the regulations the department issues to implement the requirements of the IDEA..
Some public libraries and colleges and universities provide access to annotated versions of the Code of Federal Regulations through subscriptions to Westlaw or Lexis.
For example, the Richland Library and the Greenville County library systems offer public access Westlaw to its members and the University of South Carolina subscribes to NexisUni™, formerly LexisNexis Academic.
Both subscription databases allow you to retrieve a federal regulation by citation; browse by title, part and section; and search the text of their annotated versions of the Code of Federal Regulations.