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Supreme Court Cases: Citation Tools

Citing Legal Materials

Works Cited Entry

Basic Format
Name v. Name, Volume Source Page (Date).

Note: The volume and page numbers refer to U.S. Reports. All reporting services include this information. Ignore the "Cite As" at the head of the page in Supreme Court Reporter.

Example
United States v. Lane, 474 U.S. 438 (1986). 

***If you are referring to specific pages of a decision, use this...
Name v. Name, Volume Source First Page, Specific pg(s) (Date).

 

Text Citation

Basic Form
Name v. Name (Year)
(Name v. Name, Year)

Examples

The Supreme Court has held in United States v. Lane (1986) that misjoinder under Rule 8(b) is subject to harmless-error analysis.

The Supreme Court has held that misjoinder under Rule 8(b) is subject to harmless-error analysis (United States v. Lane, 1986).

OSLIS 2.0 Citation Maker

Need to do your Works Cited page? Use one of these links.

Citation practice and template

Citation Help

Have questions about citations? Try one of these links.

The Online Writing Lab at Purdue University provides information about fair use policies, citations, and other writing processes

MLA in-text parenthetical citations -- Purdue University Library offers this straightforward guide. 

APA and MLA Citation Game Home Page -- play an interactive game and learn how to correctly format APA or MLA citations from University of Washington.

Ask the MLA? -- This list of FAQs from the Modern Language Association covers some of the basics of formatting according to MLA guidelines.

EasyBib -- how to format citations for MLA 8 help. (We DO NOT recommend using EasyBib's citation formatting program, as it generates incorrect citations)

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