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Citation Guides: Massachusetts Statutes

Citing Massachusetts Statues

REFERENCE LIST ENTRY

Cite the statute as found in the Massachusetts General Laws, or if not there, in the Massachusetts Acts.

Basic form
Mass. Gen. Laws Chapter, § Section (Date).
Name of Act. Volume Mass. Acts Page Date.

Examples
Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 71, § 1A (1966).
An Act Designating Certain Bridges in the Town of Middleborough. 1967 Mass. Acts 116. 8 October 1997.

TEXT CITATION

Basic form (from Massachusetts General Laws)
Mass. Gen. Laws ch. Chapter, § Section (Year)
(Mass. Gen. Laws ch. Chapter, § Section, Year)

Examples
In Mass. Gen. Laws Ann. ch. 71, § 1A (1966), the Legislature provided for a period of silence at the beginning of the school day.

The Legislature provided for a period of silence at the beginning of the school day (Mass. Gen. Laws Ann. ch. 71, § 1A, 1966).

Basic form (from Massachusetts Acts)
Name of Act (Year)

Examples
In An Act Designating Certain Bridges in the Town of Middleborough (1967), the Legislature made the bridges' names official.

The Legislature made the bridges' names official (An Act Designating Certain Bridges in the Town of Middleborough, 1967).


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