Citation Guide: Council of Science Editors (Name-Year System)

Legal Materials

Note: The NLM (National Library of Medicine Recommended Formats for Bibliographic Citation) does not offer its own guidelines for documenting legal references. The CSE instead defers to A Uniform System of Citation (HLRA 1992) and offers the formats below, based on their recommendations.


1. Court Cases

Format:
Title of Case, Volume Source Page Numbers (Court and Date)

Example:

Meyer v. State of Nebraska., 262 U.S. 390 (S.Ct. 625 1923)


2. Statutes

Format:
Title of Statute, Volume Number Source Section Number § (Year of Publication)

Example:

Farm Credit Act. 42 U.S.C.A. § 410 (1959


3. U.S. Senate Bills, Unenacted

Note: This example was taken from CSE's Scientific Style and Format (p 663).

Format:
Senate Bill Number, Number of Congress, Number of Session Section Number § (Year).

Example:

S. 2830, 96th Cong., 2d Sess. § 8 (1980).


4. State Joint Resolutions, Enacted

Note: This example was taken from CSE's Scientific Style and Format (p 663).

Format:
Resolution Number, Legislation Number, Session Number, Year Collection of Laws

Example:

H.R.J. Res 1, 40th Leg., 2d Spec. Sess., 1974 Utah Laws 7


5. U.S. Senate Hearings

Format:
Title of Hearing, Number of Congress, Session Number (Year)

Example:

U.S. Policy in the Persian Gulf: Hearing Before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, 101st Cong., 2nd Sess. (1990)

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