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Using the eCFR Point-in-Time System

Reader Aids

Reader Aids help people use and understand the eCFR. Reader Aids information is not published in the Code of Federal Regulations.

Reading eCFR Content

In the following screenshot you see a single section of eCFR. You can see this same page on the eCFR here.

The main content is shown in the center of the page. It includes the title of the section, § 578.5 Inflationary adjustment of civil penalties, the text of the content, “The civil penalties set forth ….”, and a citation supporting the content “83 FR 60753, Nov. 27, 2018”. Depending on the content you are viewing, the content may span many paragraphs and include multiple tables, figures, or images.

Content views are available at the Part, Subpart, Section, and Appendix levels. Viewing content at each of these levels defaults to displaying the current version of the eCFR content, but you can navigate to dates in the past to see historical changes at of these levels. Learn about viewing historical content here.

In-Page Table of Contents

In addition to the full table of contents view, any time you are viewing the contents for a part or subpart you have access to an in page table of contents from the Table of Contents

This table of contents allows you to view the structural organization of the content you are viewing and to rapidly navigate to individual portions of content. It is accessible in the sidebar at all times so you can quickly navigate between sections of a part.

Finding Citations

If you hover your pointer over the gray boxes in an enhanced view of eCFR content you can access tools that allow you to copy an eCRF citation (7 CFR 275.14(1)) in the screenshot below, or copy the URL to that paragraph.

The URL you copy will take the user to a page with the selected citation highlighted.

Paragraph Indentation

By default, content in the eCFR is displayed with paragraphs split and indented to follow the hierarchy of the document. We call this “Enhanced Display”. This is an automated process for user convenience only and is not intended to alter agency intent or existing codification. You can compare the two views below.

If you work for a Federal Agency, you should use the “Drafting Display” mode when authoring amendatory language for inclusion in the Federal Register. In drafting mode where the paragraphs shown match the original CFR text without additional spacing and indentation.

You can set your personal default for viewing eCFR content via the Display Options tab in the left navigation bar. If you routinely author amendatory language you should make “Drafting Display” your default. Otherwise you can set the default to “Enhanced Display” to remove the warning you will see on each page.