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EDFOUND 341: Urban Education Issues and Policies

Use this guide also for EDFNDPRC 210-02: Intro to Education and Teaching

Government Documents, Court Cases, and Statutes

References for federal, state statutes and court decisions are very different from other types of sources. The following examples are based on Appendix 7.1 of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, pp. 216-224, and examples from the APA Style Blog.

For secondary sources, use UWW Citation Guide for APA Style (printable)

Federal Act: Compare to the Primary Source Document

Reference Page

Basic format: Official name of the act, Source, and section number of the statute (pub. date of the statute). The abbreviation Pub. L. in the example below stands for public law. They symbol § stands for the specific section, an example of which you can find in the table of contents in the primary source example above.

Example:     No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001, Pub. L. No. 107-110, § 101, Stat. 1425 (2002).

In-Text Citation

"...No Child Left Behind Act of 2002..."

"... No Child Left Behind Act (2002)..."

First occurrence: (No Child Left Behind [NCLB], 2002)

Following occurrences may be abbreviated:  (NCLB, 2002)

U.S. Supreme Court Case: Compare to Primary Source Document

Reference Page

Basic format: Name v. Name, Vol. number U.S. Page number (Year).

Example:      Brown v. Board of Education, 347 U.S. 483 (1954).

In-text Citation

Basic format: (Name v. Name, Year)

Example:        (Brown v. Board of Education, 1954)

Wisconsin State Statute: Compare to Primary Source Document

Basic format: Wis. Stat. § Chapter number: Article (date if needed)

Example: Wis. Stat. § 118.40 (2017).

In-text Citation Examples:

(Wis. Stat. § 118.40, 2017)

“Wisconsin statutes outline the requirements for a charter school petition (§ 118.40, 2017)."

Writers' Manuals: APA

Go to the source for accurate style information. Copies are available online, in Reference, and in the Main Collection. Stop at the Reference Desk for assistance.

Video Tutorial Playlist: APA Citation Style (7th Edition)

These short videos each address one aspect of citation.

APA 7th Edition playlist