How to Cite Family Code in APA

Updated July 21, 2017

The Reference Page

All of your citations are to be listed alphabetically by the first piece of information presented in the item. As most references are books or other written articles, they are listed alphabetically by last name. Since a legal code does not have an author, it will be listed by the code entry.

Here is the format: name/title of code entry, name of source. § information identifying specific code entry (generally section numbers) (publication date). Note that the publication date means publication of the document, which does not necessarily correlate with the date of the act.

An example could be listed as follows: New Jersey Family Code, New Jersey Code § 71F-1-189 (2012)

In-Text Citation

When discussing the code in your paper, simply list the name of the code followed by the publication date in parenthesis. Here is an example: New Jersey Family Code (2012).

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