Full Statute Citation. When citing an individual statute the first time in your memorandum or for the first time in your discussion section, use the full citation.  There are four parts:

28 U.S.C. § 1921 (2000).
(A) (B) (C) (D)

(A) Title (or Chapter) number, if any (rule 12.3.1(b)). For the United States Code (U.S.C.), you always need to include a volume number.

(B) Abbreviation of code cited (rules 12.2.1, 12.3.1(d)). The abbreviation for the United States Code is U.S.C.  The abbreviation for the unofficial version of the United States Code is U.S.C.A. (published by West) or U.S.C.S. (published by Lexis). Garner recomends the use of “U.S.Code”.

    • Official or unofficial code
    • State codes

(C) Section symbol and specific section cited

    • Citing multiple sections: use two section symbols (e.g., §§ 1921–22)

(D) Date of code edition cited

    • Official code: year only
    • Unofficial: include name of publisher, editor, or complier (rule 12.3.1(d))

Short Citation Form. After you have cited a statute using a full citation form, use the short citation form


17 USC. Sec. 304. 2000. Print.

Clean Air Act. 42 USC. Sec. 7401. 2010. FDsys. GPO. 2014. Web. 17 Feb. 2014

When the citation cames from a website, MLA requires you to add the name of the site, the producer of the site, its date, and the date you accesed it.

Previously was:

“Protection of Bald and Golden Eagles.” U.S. Code. 1994 Ed. Title 16, Sec. 668, 957-966


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