Citing Government & Legal Sources

Information on sources to help with citing government information

Parts of Legal Citation

Legal citation Roe v. Wade 410 U.S. 113 (1973)

Citation Abbreviations for Legal Materials

The table below lists a few of the more common types of case citations for the Texas region. Complete legal citations give the volume, source, then page number (100 U.S. 124).  Also see Abbreviations and Omissions Used in Citations (Cornell)

Citation Abbreviations

Citation Abbreviation Full Name of Citation Source Source Location and Call Number
 CFR  Code of Federal Regulations (Annual Edition) Free Government Website: govinfo
 CJS  Corpus Juris Secundum See St. Mary’s University Law Library
 F  Federal Reporter (West)
 (1880-1924, Vol. 1 - 300)
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 F.2d

 

 F.3d

 F.Supp.

 Federal Reporter, second series (West)
 U.S. Court of Appeals from 1924-1993 and the U.S. District Court from  1924-1932. 

 Federal Reporter, third series (West) (1993-)

 Federal Supplement (West) 
 U.S. District Court 1932-present

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 S.Ct.  Supreme Court Reporter (West) UTSA does not own 
 SW  South Western Reporter
(1887-1928) (West)
UTSA does not own 
 SW2nd  South Western Reporter, second series
(1928- ) (West)
UTSA does not own 
 Tex.Code Ann  Vernon's Texas Statutes and Codes Annotated UTSA does not own 
 U.S.  United States Reports (official) UTSA does not own print See  U.S. Supreme Court (free online)
 USC  United States Code (official) UTSA does not own print See online
 USCA  United States Code Annotated (West) UTSA does not own