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How to Cite US Government Documents in APA Citation Style: Laws/Statutes

Laws/Statutes

The Publication Manual of the APA refers users to Bluebook Rule 12.

In text:

"In text, give the popular or official name of the act (if any) and the year of the act." (Publication Manual of the APA, 2010, p.219)

  • Energy Policy Act of 2005 or, Energy Policy Act (2005)

Reference List:

"In the reference list entry, include the source and section number of the statute, and in parentheses, give the publication date of the statutory compilation, which may be different from the year in the name of the act. (Publication Manual of the APA, 2010, p.219)

  • Energy Policy Act of 2005, Pub. L. No. 109-58, 119 Stat. 594 (2005).

Explanation: In the example above, Pub. L. No. 109-58 refers to Public Law number 58  from the 109th Congress, as it appears in volume 119, page 594 of the US Statutes at Large (119 Stat. 594).

Here's how it might look if you are citing to where it can be found in the United States Code:

  • Energy Policy Act of 2005, 42 USCS § 15801 (2005).

State Statutes

Example from The Bluebook:

Consumer Credit Code, OKLA. STAT. tit.14A, § 6-203 (1996).

See: Cornell's Legal Information Institute, Basic Legal Citation, for a list of Code abbreviations, by state.

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