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APA Citation Style, Seventh Edition: Legal Sources

Chapter 11

In General

  • Most legal materials are cited in the standard legal style use for legal references across disciplines. 
  • Most existing legal references are already written in legal style and require few changes for APA Style reference entries.
  • Use common legal reference abbreviations for legal references (e.g., regulation abbreviated as "Reg."). For a complete list of abbreviations, see Table 11.2 in the Manual. 

For more information on citing legal sources, including court cases and statutes (i.e., laws and acts), see Chapter 11 of the APA Manual. When citing Canadian legal documents, consult the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation (the McGill Guide) as well.