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Citing Your Sources Guide

Citing Court Cases (decisions/opinions)

Include:

  • title or name of the case
  • volume and page number of the court reporter, e.g. U.S.= United States Reports is the official source (reporter) of U.S. Supreme Court Opinions
  • Date of the decision

In text:

Cite the name of the case (italicized) and the year of the decision.

  • (Harper v. Virginia Board of Elections, 1966)

Reference List:

  • Harper v. Virginia Board of Elections. 383 U.S. 663. 1966. URL

Explanation:

Supreme Court decisions are published in United States Reports, abbreviated "U.S." 383 U.S. 663 refers to volume 383 of United States Reports, page 663.

For additional examples, and for names/abbreviations for lower courts, see Cornell Legal Information Institute, Basic Legal Citation, Reporters & Courts.

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