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APA Citation Guide: Legal

This guide will provide an overview of APA Citation Style.

Legal Citation

Note: This section shows how to cite legal materials in APA style. Speak with your instructor know if you need to use APA or Bluebook citation.

Federal Citation

Citing a Constitution

General Form

Constitution Name. art.,amend., or pmbl. Roman numeral. $#167; #. cl. #.

Examples

U.S. Const. art. II, § 4.

U.S. Const. amend. XXVI.

Citing an U.S. Supreme Court Case

General Form

Name v. Name, Volume number U.S. Page number (Year)

Example

Roper v. Simmons, 543 U.S.551 (2005)

Citing a Federal Statute

General Form

Name of the Statute, Title number Source § Section number(s) (Year Published).

Example

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

State Citation

State Statutes

General Form

Name of Statute of Year Enacted, Volume Source § section number (current publication year).

Example

Data Practices Act of 1974, 13 Minn. Stat. § 05 (2010).

State Court Cases

General Form

Case Name, Volume Location Page# (State Ct. Year)

Example - State Court of Appeals Case

State v. Theel, 532 N.W.2d 265 (Minn. Ct. App. 1995)

Example - State Supreme Court Case

State v. Clang, 320 N.W.2d 718 (Minn. 1982)