Answered By: Fred Poling
Last Updated: Dec 08, 2014     Views: 8946

For legal citations, the APA Handbook refers users to a book titled The Bluebook: A uniform system of citation. There are copies of this book in the reference section of the library on the first floor.

On page 106, the Bluebook gives the following general form for citing briefs:
Document name   pincite, case citation (docket number), commercial database identifier (if you accessed the brief through LEXIS, WESTLAW, etc

Example: Brief for Ringling Bros.-Barnum & Bailey Combined Shows, Inc. et al. as Amici Curiae Supporting Respondents, Mosely v. V Secret Catalogue, Inc, 537 U.S. 418 (2003) (no. 01-1015), 2002 WL 1987618.

This is the form you would use in the reference list at the end of you paper. When refering to the brief in the text of your paper, APA says to use the simple citation form for an anonymous work, which is case name, year in parenthethes.

Example (Mosely v. V Secret Catalogue, 2003).

For additional help with citations, please see our research guide: http://www.csulb.libguides.com/style