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Citation Styles: Citing Legal/Gov. Doc (APA)

This guide explains why we cite & how to cite. It also provides tips for accessing and evaluating the sources you want to cite.

Citing Legal or Gov Docs in APA click here

Legal Refences

Purdue also has a section for legal references: 


Parts of government
  • Cong. =Congress 
  • H.R. =House of Representatives
  • S. =Senate
Type of legal material
  • Regulation = Reg.
  • Resolution = Res.
Sections of legal material
  • = Section
  • = Sections
  • No. = Number 
  • et seq. = And following


Example Citation

Federal statute:

Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C  12101 et seq. (1990)
In-Text Citation: (Americans With Disabilities Act, 1990)


State statute:

Florida Mental Health Act, Fla. Stat.  394 (1971 & rev. 2009) 
In-Text Citation: (Florida Mental Health Act, 1971/2009)