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APA Formatting and Style (7th ed.) for Student Papers

NAU Guide to APA

Legal Materials

Citations for Legal Materials

In Chapter 11, the APA Manual (7th edition) provides examples of citations to legal materials, including cases, statutes, legislative materials, and administrative and executive materials. For more information on writing legal citations, consult The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (21st edition).  
Case (Court Decision). Reference form: Name v. Name, Volume Reporter First Page (year). 
  • Reference page citation example: Roper v. Simmons, 543 U.S. 551 (2005).
  • In-text citation example: Roper v. Simmons (2005) or (Roper v. Simmons, 2005)
Statute. Reference form: Name of Act, Volume Code abbrev. § Section number (1987).
  • Reference page citation example: Abandoned Shipwreck Act of 1987, 43 U.S.C. §§2101-2106 (1987).
  • In-text citation example: Abandoned Shipwreck Act (1987) or (Abandoned Shipwreck Act, 1987)
Federal Regulation. Reference form: Title/Number, Volume C.F.R. §xxx (year).
  • Reference page citation example: Truth in Lending (Regulation Z) Finance Charge, 12 C.F.R. §226.4 (2010). 
  • In-text citation example:  Truth in Lending (Regulation Z) Finance Charge (2010) or (Truth in Lending [Regulation Z] Finance Charge, 2010)
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