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APA 7th Edition - Citation Guide - CBS Library



Name of the Statute/Act, Title Number Source § Section number(s) (Year of Code Used). http://xxxx

Example 1: Federal Statute

Mental Health Systems Act, 42 U.S.C. § 9401 (1988).

As in-text citation:

(Mental Health Systems Act, 1988)

Example 2: State Statute

Florida Patient's Bill of Rights and Responsibilities, Fla. Stat. § 381.026 (1991 & rev. 2017).

As in-text citation:

(Florida Patient's Bill of Rights and Responsibilities, 1991/2017)

This statute was originally codified in 1991 and was last updated in 2017, so both dates are included.

Source: Publication Manual, 11.5 (examples 8-13)

Executive Orders

From the Code of Federal Regulations


Exec. Order No. xxxxx, 3 C.F.R. Page (Year). http://xxxxx


Exec. Order No. 13588, 3 C.F.R. 281–282 (2011).

As in-text citation:

(Exec. Order No. 13588, 2011)

Source: Publication Manual, 11.7 (example 21)

Court Decision


Name v. Name, Volume Source Page (Court Date). http://xxxxx


Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973).

As in-text citation:

(Roe v. Wade, 1973)

Source: Publication Manual, 11.4 (examples 1-7)

U.S. Constitution

If you wish to cite the U.S. Constitution as a whole, you may simply mention it in your paper without including a citation in the references list.

However, if you are citing a part of the Constitution, you should use the article, amendment, section, and/or clause numbers.

  • Article = art. [use Roman numerals: I, II, III]
  • Amendment = amend. [use Roman numerals: I, II, III]
  • Section = § [use Arabic numbers: 1, 2, 3]
      (how to create the section symbol in Word)
  • Clause = cl. [use Arabic numbers: 1, 2, 3]
  • Preamble = pmbl


The founding fathers addressed the process by which new states may join the union (U.S. Const. art. I, § 3).

U.S. Const. art. I, § 3.

During prohibition, the sale of liquor was made illegal (U.S. Const. amend. XVIII, repealed 1933).

U.S. Const. amend. XVIII (repealed 1933).

Source: Publication Manual, 11.9 (examples 23-27)

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