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Citing Sources Using MLA: Legal Sources

Tips and examples on how to create your MLA works cited list and parenthetical citations.

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More Legal Citations

Supreme Court Cases

Roe v. Wade. 410 US  959. Supreme Court of the US. 1973. Lexis-Nexis Academic.


          Web. 15 Aug. 2008.

Laws & Acts

Voting Rights. 42 USC Sec. 1971. 2008. Print.


Violence Against Women and and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act


           of 2005. Pub. L. 109-162. 119 Stat. 2960. 5 Jan. 2006. Print.

More MLA Guides

Tips That Help

Follow the style guide – ALWAYS.   Don’t agonize about why the guide tells you to do something, just do it!


Be consistent.  If the style guide says to use italics for the title of the book or journal (and MLA does) use italics ALWAYS.


Don’t mix style guides.  MLA and APA cannot be used simultaneously in a paper.  Choose one and stick to it.


If you don’t know how to cite a particular source, look it up.  The style guide has thought of nearly every type of source.


Print off, save, or copy the citation of the source you consulted, when you consult it. Don’t say, “I’ll do it later,” or “I am not sure I want to use this source, I’ll go back to it if I do.”  Going back later without the citation is often impossible.