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Reference Titles

Citing Cases in APA

Cite a Case:

You'll need:

  • Case title,
  • U.S. Reports citation,
  • year of decision,
  • and Internet address.


Fullilove v. Klutznick, 448 U.S. 448 (1980) [Online] Retrieved from

Cite a Code:

You'll need:

  • Act or Section Name,
  • Abbreviated Citation et seq.
  • (Edition year of the Code)
  • Retrieved date from LexisNexis Academic database.


Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology Education Act, 20 U.S.C. §2301 et seq. (2006). Retrieved 13 February 2010 from LexisNexis Academic database.

Shepard's Citations

Shepard Citations:

  • see how, when, or if a case can be used as authority
  • Find related cases
  • Find cases that cite a particular case
  • Identify law review articles that cite this case

To search Shepard's Citations you must have the case's citation number.

For Example: Searching 857 A.2d 444 brings you to Disney v. Walt Disney where all citing decisions, citing references etc. for this case can be found.

You will see the following icons on the cases you see in Lexis Nexis.  These are Shepard Citation codes indicating how the case may be viewed.


Shepard Citation signal legend









Use Lexis Nexis' main navigation found on the left of the screen to access the Shephard Citation search.  

Lexis Nexis Navigation Menu - Link to Shepard Citations