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APA 7th Edition Guide

This guide provides an overview of the APA citation style and provides students with basic information to begin learning and applying this style in their academic writing.

Creating a Reference for a Court Opinion, Statute, or Regulation

Citing Legal Resources in the APA Style

Rules developed to create references and citations for legal materials rely heavily on a commonly used legal citation style, The Bluebook: Uniform System of Citation. If the source that you are trying to cite is not represented in the examples below, please consult the Bluebook page in the School of Justice Studies Guide for guidance.

Example References for Legal Resources

Published Court Opinion
Reference In-Text Citation

Name v. Name, Volume Reporter Page (Court Date). https://URL

Carlock v. Pillsbury Co., 719 F. Supp. 791 (Minn. 1989).

(Carlock v. Pillsbury Co., 1989).


In the Carlock v. Pillsbury Co. (1989), the court ruled …

Federal Statute
Reference In-Text Citation

Name of Act, Volume Code § section number (Year). https://URL

Sarbanes-Oxley Act, 15 U.S.C. § 7241 (2002).

(Sarbanes-Oxley Act, 2002).


The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 requires…

Federal Regulation
Reference In-Text Citation

Title or Number, Volume Source § xxx (Year). https://URL

Prescription Drug Advertising, 21 C.F.R. § 202.1 (2020).

(Prescription Drug Advertising, 2020).


The Prescription Drug Advertising rule (2020) provides

APA Academic Writer

Find example references for a wide variety of resource types in APA Academic Writer.  Click on the Learn tab, then click on the Go to Sample References button.  Scroll through the alphabetical list of resource types and click on the type that matches the resource you are citing to view an example reference.  Click the Learn More link for additional information.