APA (American Psychological Association) style is commonly used in many areas of the social sciences. There are several copies of the printed guide to APA style at the service desk on the 4th floor of Alden Library. You can check them out there for use in the library only.Here are several online sources specifically for the APA style:
- American Psychological Association
- APA Style Central (OU Only)
- APA Style Guide to Electronic References (OU only)
- APA Style Blog
- Purdue University (OWL)
Citing Legal Resources:
In general, the APA Manual only covers a portion of all the legal materials you will cite. Starting on page 216 of the 6th edition manual, you have reference examples of court cases/decisions, federal statues, etc. For any other legal document, such as bills or treaties, you should refer to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (19th edition). You can also explore the Tulane University Law School Legal Citation Guide that focuses on the Bluebook Citation Manual.
Finding the actual statute number, sections, and amended U.S.C. numbers are not easy. Check out the APA Style Blog’s page on how to do just that!
Citing Legal Materials in APA: if you are citing the actual, legal document and NOT the website
|Document Type||Reference List Format||Example|
|Court Case||Party v. Party, Legal Citation (Court abbreviation year)||Christopher S. v. Stanislaus County Office of Education,384 F.3d 1205 (9th Cir., 2004)|
|Statutes||Name of law, Pub.L. ##-##, volume Stat. page, codified as amended at title U.S.C. § section #.||
Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 1974,Pub. L. 93-247, 88 Stat. 4, codified as amended at 42 U.S.C. §§5101–5106.
|Document Type||In-Text Citation Format||Example|
|Court Case||(Party v. Party, year)||(Griswold v. Connecticut, 1965)|
|Statutes||(Name of Law)||(Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 1974)|
You may need to consult several of these sources to find how to cite the source you are working with. If you are doing a large research project you might want to use Zotero to create and format your list of sources online.