Skip to main content

ASA Style Guide

Constitutions, Codes, & Statutes


United States:      U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section 1.
California:            California Constitution. Article 4. Section 1.

Codes (Subject Arrangement of Laws in Force)

United States:      Homeland Security Organization, 6 U.S.C. 101 (2002).
California:            Deering's California Codes Annotated Penal Code Section 1203.073 (2015).

Statutes (Chronological Arrangement of Laws)

United States:      Child Soldiers Accountability Act of 2008, Public Law 110-340, 122 Statatutes at Large. 3735 (2008).
California:            California Statutes 2009 Chapter 457.

Reguations (Issued by Agencies)

United States:      2 C.F.R 53.111.
California:            Fees and Penalties, General Provisions.Cal. Code Regs., tit. 5, § 74000.

Court Cases

U.S. Supreme court decisions are published in the title U.S. Reports, the Court of Appeals in the Federal Reporter, and the District Courts in the Federal Supplement. Examples of citations follow the format below.  The format is title of case, volume, publication title, page, and date in parentheses.

U.S. Federal 

   Supreme Court:                Citizens United v. FEC, 558 U.S. 310 (2010).
   U.S. Court of Appeals       Perfect 10 Inc. v. Inc., 487 F.3d 701 (2007)
   District Court                     Van Stelton v. Van Stelton, 904 F. Supp. 2d 965 (2012)

California court decisions for the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, and Superior Courts are published in a variety titles.  A case decision in a database such as LEXIS/NEXIS will provide all the sources.  For example, in People v Williams, it is published in 28 Cal. 4th 408; 49 P.3d 203; 121 Cal. Rptr. 2d 854; 2002 Cal. LEXIS 4360.  The most common source is the California Reporter.


 The People v. Steven Vaughn Williams, 121 Cal. Rptr. 2d 854 (2002)


Law Reviews & Journals

Law reviews are the scholarly journals for the field.  The format is the same as other scholarly journal articles.

Eskridge Jr., William N. 2013. "Backlash Politics: How Constitutional Litigation Has Advanced Marriage Equality in the United States."  Boston University Law Review. 93.  Retrieved July 11, 2014 (