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Legal Resources: Understanding Citations

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Citation Guidelines

Understanding Citations


 Popular name of law:              Megan’s Law

 Public Law number:                P.L. 104-145 [this was the 145th law passed by the 104th congress]

 Chronological public law:       110 Stat. 1345 [vol. 110 of the U. S. Statutes at Large, p.1345]

 Codified public law:               N.C. GEN.STAT. 50-7 [N.C. General Statutes chapter 50, section 7]

                                               42 U.S.C. 14701(d) [title 42 of the U.S. Code, section 14701, subsection d]

 Parallel code citations:            42 U.S.C.A. 14701(d) [U.S. Code Annotated]

                                               42 U.S.C.S. 14701(d) [U.S. Code Service]

 The section symbol (§) is not always included in code citations.


Rules and Regulations

 Chronological rules:                61 F.R. 7706 [vol. 61 of the Federal Register, page 7706]

 Codified rules:                        28 C.F.R. 81 [title 28 of the Code of Federal Regulations, part 81]

                                               10 NCAC 3U.1901 [title 10 of the N.C. Administrative Code, chapter 3U, rule 1901]

 Court Cases

 Name of case:                         Webb v. Nash Hospitals, Inc. [plaintiff v. defendant]

 Official court citation:               133 N.C. App. 636 [vol. 133 of the North Carolina Court of  Appeals Reports, p. 636]

 Parallel citation:                      516 S.E.2d 191 [vol. 516 of the South Eastern Reporter, second  series, p. 191]

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