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Examples

APA format can be used to cite Court Cases as well as US Federal and State Codes.  You must include an in text citation when quoting or paraphrasing within your essay or else you'll be plagiarising!

Some other helpful examples include:

In text citations are shorter citations used in the body of the text to attribute quotes and paraphrased sections to the appropriate parties.

Reference pages list the long version of these citations on a seperate page.  There should be one for each source used in the essay and they should be alphabetized based on the first word in the citation.  See Diana Hacker's website on APA list of references for more information.


    Washington State Court Cases

    • In text citation

    Basic format: (Name v. Name, Year)

    Example: (State v. Mitchell, 2010)

    *If you use the name of the case in your paragraph, only put the (Year) at the end of the quote or paraphrased section, which is typically at the end of the paragraph.

    • Reference page

    Basic format: Name v. Name, Vol. Reporter Abbreviation First Page in the Reporter (State abbreviation. Year).

    Example: State v. Mitchell, 169 Wn.2d 437 (Wa. 2010).


    United State Supreme Court Cases

    • In text citation

    Basic format: (Name v. Name, Year)

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

    • 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). 

     


    Revised Code of Washington (RCWs)

    • In text citation

    Basic format: Revised Code of Washington Title.Chapter.Section

    Example: Revised Code of Washington 7.24.010

    *If you are only using the Title and Chapter, refer to the RCW as follows:

    Basic format: Title.Chapter Revised Code of Washington

    Example: 7.24 Revised Code of Washington

    • Reference page

    Basic format: Revised Code of Washington Title.Chapter.Section.

    Example: Revised Code of Washington 7.24.010

    *Remember RCWs use periods, not hyphens, between citation elements.


    Washington Administrative Code (WACs)

    • In text citation

    Basic format: Washington Administrative Code Title-Chapter-Section

    Example: Washington Administrative Code 30-12-037

    • Reference page

    Basic format: Washington Administrative Code Title-Chapter-Section.

    Example: Washington Administrative Code 30-12-037.

    *Remember WACs use hyphens, not periods, between citation elements.


    Federal Statues or Acts

    The APA style blog has a fantastic page that provides details about the in-text citation and the list of references.  The image below is a brief glimpse.  Click on the image or this link to go to the APA blog called Writing References for Federal Statutes.

    APA blog Writing References for Federal Statutes

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