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Citation Tools: Legal Sources

Court Cases (APA)

Court Cases (APA)

Name v. Name (year) volume number reporter abbreviation starting page

Example:

Brown v. Board of Educ., 347 U.S. 483 (1954).

In-text:

Name v. Name (Year)

(Name v. Name, Year)

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Congressional Bills (APA)

Congressional Bills (APA)

*note: each line after the first line should be indented

Title if relevant, bill or resolution number, xxx Cong. (year).

Example:

Getting Involved in Researching, Learning, and Studying of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Act, H.R. 2762, 114 Cong. (2015).

In-text: 

House of Representatives Bill 2762 (2015)

OR

(H.R. 2762, 2015)

***note: if the bill has passed, it should be cited as a statute unless the bill is being cited as a piece of legislative history.

Legislation/Statutes (APA)

Legislation/Statutes (APA)

Title of the legislation, Title number Source § Section number(s) (Year).

Example:

Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, 29 U.S.C. §§ 2601–2654 (2006).

***note: a section symbol (§) should be listed before the section number

In-text citation:

Title of the legislation and the year

Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (2006)

OR

(Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, 2006)

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