Citing Government & Legal Sources

Information on sources to help with citing government information

Citing Government Information

Citing Government and Legal Sources can be difficult. I've listed some resources on this guide to assist you. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

APA Legal Citation: How APA Differs from The Bluebook

APA and other style guides rely mostly on The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation for Legal Citing

For APA, consult the print Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association in Appendix 7.1: References to Legal Materials on pp. 216-224 (in 6th edition) or  Chapter 11 on pp. 355-368 (in 7th edition). APA gives general examples but for more detailed information refers to the Bluebook.  The major difference between the two, according to the APA Style Guide, is Bluebook lists references as footnotes but APA uses a reference list instead.  Books and periodicals (other than law reviews) are cited in regular APA style.  

For more detailed information on citing students should consult The Bluebook. State specific examples are available in the Bluebook;  The Greenbook sets forth detailed Texas legal authorities.  

Legal Citation: Bluebook, Greenbook & APA

Citing Historical Legislative Materials