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Answered By: Claire DeMarco
Last Updated: Feb 24, 2016     Views: 643

Bluebook Rule 12 gives the citation format for statutes.  Generally speaking, the citation should be to the current official code or its supplement. Rule 12 outlines when unofficial codes, session laws, etc. can be used.

An example of a United States Code citation would be: See 13 U.S.C. § 141 (2006).

Use the statute's name only when it is commonly referred to in that way, or if it would aid in identification.  

An example of a state statute citation would be: See Consumer Credit Code, Okla. Stat. tit. 14A, § 6-203 (1996).


For more information about citing statutes, refer to Bluebook Rule 12.  There are Bluebooks available at the Harvard Law School Library Circulation Desk and Reference Desk.  You can also purchase a subscription to the Bluebook online at

Answered by Claire DeMarco
Last Updated: Feb 24, 2016     Views: 643

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