Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Hard-to-find Citation formats

A question came to our Help line from one of our Citation Wizard users: 

How do I use APA to cite case law?

Citing legal information isn't one of the pre-formatted options available on our site. It raises a larger question: How do I figure out the proper format for citing unusual information?

When in doubt, each style manual addresses all the possibilities. Libraries have this information in their reference sections.

But for more immediate help, a good online source for citation styles information with examples is maintained by Purdue University's Online Writing Lab, also known as OWL. A Google search for APA citation case law retrieves this page from retrieves this results from OWL: Legal References (APA). It details a large range of legal reference types.

When in doubt, search for help!

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