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APA Guidelines for the United States Supreme Court

  1. Name of the Case.
    • Names of law cases are abbreviated.  The important Word(s) of each party's name is spelled out.
    • Use "v." between parties' names.
  2. Case Citation.  
  3. Year in parentheses.
    • Use year the decision was made.
  4. Cite in text using first part of the two parties in the case, in italics, and then add the date.

To find case citations for United States Supreme Court Cases, go to Oyez Law Project and type your case name in the search box.  Once you have found your case you should see the citation listed.

Examples of Supreme Court Cases

Estes v. Texas, 381 U.S. 532 (1965).

---Cite in text: (Estes v. Texas, 1965)

Harper & Row v. Nation Enterprises, 471 U.S. 539 (1985).

---Cite in text: (Harper v. Nation, 1985)

For Federal and State Cases

These cases are the same as the Supreme Court cases with one edition; you must add the name of the court.

  1. Name of the Case.
    • Names of law cases are abbreviated.  The important Word(s) of each party's name is spelled out.
    • Use "v." between parties names.
  2. Case Citation.  
  3. Court and Year in parentheses.
  4. Retrieved from and name of the database or url.
  5. Cite in text using first part of the two parties in the case, in italics, and then add the date.

Examples of Federal and State Cases

Federal Courts

Barnes v. Yahoo Inc., 570 F.3d 1096 (9th Cir. 2009).

---Cite in text: (Barnes v. Yahoo, 2009)

State Courts

Sunset Harbour v. Robbins, 914 So. 2d 925 (Fla 2005).

---Cite in text: (Sunset Harbour v. Robbins, 2005)

For More Details on Citing Court Cases

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