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CSE (Council of Science Editors) Style Guide: B. Public Law

About Citing Legal Materials

CSE uses the style for citing legal materials described in The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation published by the Harvard Law Review and others.  The format for end-references is the same for the citation-sequence, citation-name, and name-year systems.  In-text references are handled the same way as are books without authors.  Begin the in-text reference with the first word or first few words of the title, followed by an ellipsis and year of publication.  Use only as many words from the title as are necessary to distinguish it from other references being cited by title.

Public Law

The general format and example below refers to a public law.
General Format

In-Text Citation:

Reference List:

Name of Law, Pub. L. No. nnn, nn Stat. nnn (Month Day, Year).


In-Text Citation:

Reference List:

Preventative Health Amendments of 1993, Pub. L. No. 103-183, 107 Stat. 2226 (Dec. 14, 1993).

Brief Guides to CSE Style

Printable brief guides to CSE style, Name-Year (N-Y).