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how do i cite a legal documents? here is the link for the court case i want to

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Last Updated: May 13, 2013  |  46 Views

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The source you are citing is considered a state administrative decision. It appears to me to be “unreported” or “unpublished.”  The Publication Manual of the APA, 6th ed. follows the legal citation style as given in The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, 18th ed., 2005. Our library does not have this source. There is online access to the 15th edition at

While you might want to consult with your instructor, I would follow this format:

Petitioner v. Respondent, Citation (Precise jurisdiction, date) Retrieved from the URL

Lacking exact guidance for citing a Michigan administrative decision, I am basing the citation on the following:


Publication Manual of the APA, page 193 (Reference Examples):

·         “. . . . you many need to use a reference for a source for which this chapter does not provide specific guidance. In such a case, choose the example that is most like your source and follow that format. When in doubt, provide more information rather than less. Because one purpose of listing references is to enable readers to retrieve and use the sources, most entries contain the following elements: author, year of publication, title, and publishing or retrieval data – all the information necessary for unique identification and library search.”

 Publication Manual of the APA page 216 (References to Legal Materials: General Forms):

A typical reference form for court decisions includes:

·         The name of the case (one party v. another) –For example, XXXX  v. Priority Health

·         The citation – For example, File No. 85783-001

·         The precise jurisdiction of the court, in parentheses, including the date of the decision- For example, Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth, Office of Financial and Insurance Services, Dec. 17, 2007)

·         For . . . court decisions, the citation may be followed by certain additional descriptive information that pertains to . . . other sources from which the . . . court citation may be retrieved.  – For example, Retrieved from


Publication Manual of the APA, page 218 (Sample reference to an unreported decision):

·         “Give . . . a record number if available and enough information for the reader to find the case.” – Again, this is why I would include the URL, as I show above.

For comparison, please see:  The bluebook:  a uniform system of citation. 15th ed. Harvard Law Review Association. Retrieved from  [See page 67.]

I hope this helps. Please contact us again, if needed.

Victoria Wollny

MahoneyOnline / 4/9/13

Answered by Victoria Wollny

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