HeinOnline's Tip of the Week: How to Find a Presidential Proclamation or Executive Order

Are you searching for an executive order or proclamation made by the president within CFR Title 3? Title 3 in the CFR lists all the presidential proclamations and executive orders for a given year in one place, making it easy to find a specific proclamation or order. You may have tried to find the Proclamations and Executive Orders using the Title and Part Quick Locator tool on the landing page in the CFR collection in HeinOnline and realized that there is no part listed for the proclamations or executive orders. Why is that? The Title and Part Quick Locator tool only displays the "parts" as they are assigned in the CFR itself. The proclamations and executive orders sections were not identified as parts and therefore they are not listed. So now you ask, well how do I find a proclamation? This week’s tip outlines how to quickly run a search for a proclamation or executive order and link to the text within Title 3 of the CFR.

For this example, let’s search for Proclamation 8199 from October 31, 2007 by President Bush regarding Veterans Day. Open the Field Search option within the CFR collection in HeinOnline. Enter proclamation 8199 into the first search box, click on phrase and select Text from the drop down menu. Then enter 3 into the second search box and select Title Number from the drop down menu. Click search.

This will return 1 result that is an exact match to the proclamation we are searching for.

We can use this same technique to search for an Executive Order. Let’s search for Executive Order 13435 issued by President Bush regarding stem cell research. Open the Field Search option. Insert executive order 13435 into the first search box, click on phrase and select Text from the drop down menu. Insert 3 into the second box and select Title Number from the drop down menu. Click search.


This will return 1 result that is an exact match to Executive Order 13435.

This post has focused on searching Title 3 in the CFR collection. Earlier this year, we posted a tip that outlines how to locate presidential proclamations in the U.S. Presidential Library across the following three titles: Public Papers of the Presidents, CFR Title 3, and the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents. Click here to view this post for more details on researching presidential proclamations.

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