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MLA Legal Sources

Because citation of legal documents can be complicated, if you are using many legal references in a document or use them regularly in your writing, check The Blue Book: A Uniform System of Citation (Cambridge: Harvard Law Review Association). The Blue Book is the authoritative source for documentation of legal sources. Here are several examples of MLA format for commonly cited types of legal sources:



Copyright Felony Act of 1992. Pub. L. 102-561. 28 Oct. 1992. Stat. 893.


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Federal bills and resolutions

H.R. 1058. 104th Cong., 1st Sess., Cong. Rec. S19180 (1995).


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Law Cases

Whelan Assoc. v. Jaslow Dental Lab, Inc. 797 F.2d 1222,

230 USPQ 481. 3d Cir. 1986.


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United States Code

17 US Code. Sec. 101. 1980.


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Sources for this page are The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (Sixth Edition, New York: Modern Language Association, 2003) and the MLA Style Guide to Scholarly Publishing (Second Edition, New York: Modern Language Association, 1998).
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Updated: 19 March 2004