Citations provide the information necessary for readers to identify and retrieve each source you use. When you use someone else's words or ideas in your papers, you should create In-text citations within your paper and References Page (ASA) or References List (APA) citations at the end of the paper. Each In-text citation should lead to a References Page/List citation, and each References Page/List citation should come from an In-text citation.
Use the American Sociological Association Style Guide (5th edition) to correctly cite your sources and format your research paper.
Use the American Sociological Association's Quick Tips ASA Style Sheet for:
Use the Purdue OWL American Sociological Association (ASA) Formatting and Style Guide templates to put together your ASA In-Text and References Page citations:
The University of Connecticut American Sociological Association guide below has an extensive list of References Page citation templates and examples, including templates and examples for DVDs and online videos.
You need to find the following information for your citations:
In-Text Citation: (Name of Law, Year law was passed)
References List Citation: Name of Law of Year law was passed Title Number in United States Code U.S.C. § § Section Code-Section Code in United States Code (Year of the edition of the United States Code in which you found the law)
See the Writing References for Federal Statutes on the official APA Style Blog for more help and guidance
In-text Citation: (State Abbreviation Name of Law, Year)
References List Citation: State Abbreviation Code, Stat § Name of law (if available), Abbreviation § section number(s) (Year)
You need to find the following information for citations about court decisions:
In-Text Citation: (Name v. Name, Court Date)
References List Citation: Name v. Name, Volume Source Page (Court Date)
See the Citing Court Decisions page on the official APA Style Blog for more help and guidance