anonymous
  • anonymous
does anyone know how to correctly cite a penal law in APA format? I need the in text and the References page citations.
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katieb
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anonymous
  • anonymous
use the website Knightcite
jagatuba
  • jagatuba
Are you citing a statute?
anonymous
  • anonymous
yes. I haven't actually gotten it down to which one yet, but a general form would be appreciated.

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anonymous
  • anonymous
oh. right I forgot about that site. I will try there too and see what they say. Thank you.
anonymous
  • anonymous
hmm, there doesn't seem to be an option for legal. Just reference. I don't know if that qualifies as the same thing...
jagatuba
  • jagatuba
In text give the popular or official name of the act (if any) and the year of the act. In the reference list entry, include the source and section number of the statute, and in parenthesis give the publication date of the statutory compilation, which may be different from the year in the name of the act. Name of Act, Volume Source § xxx (Year). The '§' is the section symbol.
jagatuba
  • jagatuba
In text example: Mental Health Systems Act (1988) OR Mental Health Systems Act of 1988
jagatuba
  • jagatuba
Reference page example: Mental Health Systems Act, 42 U.S.C. § 9401 (1988).
anonymous
  • anonymous
So if I was trying to cite the NY Penal Law on 1st degree murder from the LexisNexis New York Criminal Statues and Rules Graybook 2011 edition, how would that look? It's §125.27 It's not an act. it's an article (I was under the impression that it is the same as a statute.) from the Penal Law section.
jagatuba
  • jagatuba
Hang on. I'm going to consult the APA manual.
anonymous
  • anonymous
Oh. Thank you. I can't find anything specific online. I looked on the Purdue site and they don't have legal. I looked online and I only found one useful looking page but it wasn't quite what I need... :? not having great luck so far
anonymous
  • anonymous
my manual isn't helpful. It's only showing court cases.
jagatuba
  • jagatuba
Yeah. I believe you would still use the statutes reference format, I'm just not sure exactly how it should be.
jagatuba
  • jagatuba
Is there a statute that that penal code falls under?
jagatuba
  • jagatuba
I would say use that statute and then break it down as far as you have to in the reference like the example for a statute in a federal code.
jagatuba
  • jagatuba
I don't really know any other way to do it. The APA manual is the definitive rule book on the manner, and it only gets as specific as statutes.
anonymous
  • anonymous
hmm. Maybe I should just use NYPL as my "name of act"? and then just use §125.27
jagatuba
  • jagatuba
Yeah. Spell it out. I don't think you have to cite the exact penal code, just the statute that it falls under.
anonymous
  • anonymous
Would that be more like the Article Name then? Cause the title of Article 125 is "Homicide, Abortion, and Related Offenses" and 1st degree murder is section 27 (§125.27)
jagatuba
  • jagatuba
I don't think I'm qualified to answer that question. I don't know enough about law.
anonymous
  • anonymous
hmm. maybe I should ask someone on a law site... They would probably have to have cited a penal law before *hopeful thank you for your help though :)
jagatuba
  • jagatuba
That would be at least your best attempt, and unless this is for a graduate law course, I doubt the instructor would grade you hard on something that is not even specifically listed in the APA manual. Another sneaky trick you could try (which I have done occasionally) is to find some literature pertaining to the material in question (perhaps a summary of some kind) and cite that instead. Doesn't work for every scenario, but it can make those obscure sources that are hard to cite, easier.
anonymous
  • anonymous
no not graduate. but the instructor seems like a harda$$ so I don't want to risk it if I can help it (which is also why I'm not asking him. He already doesn't seem to like me.) I'll see what I can do. Thanks again.

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