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APA Citation Style 6th ed.: Legal Resources

This is a guide on how to use the American Psychological Association citation style. It provides examples of basic formats for sources using APA Style.

Legal Citation Style

Legal articles and books should be cited using the APA style indicated in other sections of this guide. For other types of sources, you should us the The Bluebook (see below).  A few examples of how to cite legal materials are listed on this page.  For specific examples, you can check out the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, pages 216-224, in addition to The Bluebook.

All abbreviations should be as identified in The Bluebook.

Legal Resources

Court Cases:

Format:

Name v. Name, Volume Source Page (Court date).
 

Example:

Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 (1963).
 

Federal or State Statutes:

Format:

Name of Act, Volume Source § Section number (Year).
 

Examples:

Civil Rights Act, 42 USCS § 2000e (1964).
 

Personnel data, Minn. Stat. § 13.43 (2015).

Legal Resources Notes--In-Text Citations

Court Cases:

(Brady v. Maryland, 1963)

OR

Brady v. Maryland (1963)
 

Federal or State Statutes:

Civil Rights Act (1964)

OR

Civil Rights Act of 1964