How to Cite the Declaration of Independence in APA Format

Updated July 20, 2017

Step 1

Assign a number to each paragraph in the Declaration of Independence, starting with "1" for the paragraph that begins, "When in the course." Use the number "2" for the next paragraph, which begins, "We hold these truths." Finish with the paragraph that begins, "We, therefore, the Representatives."

Step 2

Locate the paragraph containing the text intended for use in your paper, noting the paragraph's number.

Step 3

Write the citation using the following form: Name of Document, Paragraph Number (Year). This kind of citation always ends with a period.

An APA citation example is: U.S. Declaration of Independence, Paragraph 4 (1776).

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Greg Newby's work has appeared in publications such as "The Edmond Sun" and eCapitol's "Capitol News Now." He holds a bachelor's degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing from the University of Central Oklahoma.