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 an In-text citation within your paper and a References List citation at the end of the paper. Each In-text citation should lead to a References List citation, and each References List citation should come from an In-text citation.
Use the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.) (print format) and/or the Concise APA Handbook: 7th Edition (ebook format) to correctly cite your sources and format your research papers.
Help from the American Psychological Association
Use the American Psychological Association's APA Style website for help with formatting your citations and your paper:
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