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APA 7: Legal Materials

Information Needed

  • Title or name of case
  • Citation (volume and page)
  • Jurisdiction of Court
  • Decision Date
  • URL

Generic Legal Material Reference Citation

Name v. Name, Volume Reporter Page (Court Year), Direct URL

Legal Materials Reference Citation Examples

Statutes (Laws and Acts)

Civil Rights Act of 1964, Pub. L. No. 88-352, 78 Stat. 241 (1964).

Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. § 12101 et seq. (1990).

U.S. Supreme Court case, with a page number

Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954).

U.S. Supreme Court case, without page number

Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. ___ (2015). 

U.S. circuit court case

Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 951 F.2d 1128 (9th Cir. 1991).

U.S. district court case

Burriola v. Greater Toledo YMCA, 133 F. Supp. 2d 1034 (N.D. Ohio 2001).

State Supreme Court case

Tarasoff v. Regents of the University of California, 17 Cal.3d 425, 131 Cal. Rptr. 14, 551 P.2d 334 (1976).

Article of the U.S. Constitution

U.S. Const. art. 1, § 3.

Article of a state constitution

S.C. Const. art. XI, § 3.

Amendment to the U.S. or state constitution

U.S. Const. amend. XIX.

Treaties and international conventions

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, November 20, 1989,


Adapted from American Psychological Association publication manual (7th ed.).