Answered By: Rachel Willard Last Updated: May 02, 2017 Views: 3002
Different legal documents require different citation and reference list formats. The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA; 6th ed.) devotes Appendix 7.1 (pp. 216-224) to information on citing legal materials such as statutes and court decisions.
For these types of references, APA follows the recommendations of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, so if you have any questions beyond the examples provided in the 6th edition manual, seek out that resource as well.
You can also find sample references for the most common legal documents on the Writing Center's website.
For more detailed legal citations and information, we have listed some resources below. The Writing Center does not recommend one over the other, nor is it responsible for the reliability or usability of the sources. It is up to you to be discerning in what resources are most helpful for you. Regardless of which you choose, we at the Writing Center hope these resources are a starting place for you.
Top websites for legal citations and information:
- Access The Legal Bluebook
- Review Materials From Bluebook 101
- Review the Specifics of Legal Citations
- APA Style Blog
Helpful blog posts on finding legal information and APA citation guidelines:
- Review this post for legal citation assistance tips
- Review this post for how to cite court case materials in APA
Legal citation creation websites:
- Review this legal citation generator
- Review the Citeus Legalus website for more tips on citing legal materials
If you are still having problems as you research this particular legal source, it may be helpful reach out to your course instructor or other legal professionals for guidance.
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