Answered By: Paul Lai
Last Updated: Jul 17, 2023     Views: 4662

Different legal documents require different citation and reference list formats. The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition devotes Chapter 11 (pp. 355-368) 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 APA 7, seek out that resource as well.

You can also find sample references for some common legal documents in social science research 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.

Top websites for legal citations and information:

Helpful blog posts on finding legal information and APA citation guidelines:

Legal citation creation websites:  

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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