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MLA 7th ed. Style Guide: Legal Sources

Selected guide from the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, Seventh Edition.

Government Documents

Supreme Court Decision

To cite legal documents,  MLA defers to the most recent edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (Cambridge: Harvard Law Rev. Assn.) but stipulates that the references be adapted to MLA Style. Names of cases are italicized in the text, but not in bibliographic references.

Reno v. American Civil Liberties Union. 521 US 844. Supreme Court of the US, 1997. Supreme Court Collection. Legal Information Inst., Cornell U Law School, n.d. Web. 7 July 2010.


Public Law

Do not italicize the titles of laws, acts and similar documents (such as the Declaration of Independence) in your text or list of works cited.

Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010. Pub. L. 111-139. 124 Stat. 8-30. 12 Feb. 2010. GPOAccess. Web. 7 July 2010.


United States Code

In your list of works cited, alphabetize a USC entry as if it begins United States Code.

4 USC. Sec. 9. 2006. GPO Access. Web. 3 Aug. 2010.

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