How do I cite acts and laws with APA 7th edition?


You'll find information on how to cite all different kinds of audiovisual media in Chapter 10 of the APA Style Manual 7th edition. Here are some general guidelines.

Required information

  • Name of the act 
  • Title or source + section number
    • Use the acronym U.S.C. when referring to United States Code
  • Publication date 
    • Use the § symbol for sections
  • URL (optional)

General format for federal and state statutes

Name of Act, Title # Source § Section # (Year). URL


Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. § 12101 et seq. (1990). 

Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act, Cal. Penal Code § 11164 et seq.

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  • Last Updated Dec 16, 2021
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