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Citation Guides: Federal Statutes

Citing Federal Statutes

REFERENCE LIST ENTRY

Cite a statute in its location in the U.S. Code. Alternatively, cite the statute in its original publication in the Statutes at Large, rather than in the code. This is usually done when the statute is an appropriation, has been repealed, or has its contents scattered in different parts of the Code.

Basic form

Name of Act, Volume U.S.C. § Section number (Date).

Name of Act, Pub. L. No. Number , § Section number, Volume Stat. Page (date).

Examples
National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 42 U.S.C. § 4332 (1994).
Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Pub. L. No. 101-336, § 2, 104 Stat. 328 (1991).

TEXT CITATION

Basic form
Name of Act (Year)
Name of Act of Year

Examples
The National Environmental Policy Act (1969) established the Council on Environmental Quality.
The National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 established the Council on Environmental Quality.

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