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EC115 Legal Environment of Business: Sample Citations

Guide to aid with the U.S. legal system and courts along with the role of law in business and personal decision-making.

Statutory law


U.S. Code
  (current and federal laws arranged by subject)

  • Sample citation: 20 U.S.C. 1070a
    (Title 20, section 1070a)

U.S. Statutes at Large
  (all the laws passed by Congress and signed by the President arranged chronologically)

  • Sample citation: P.L. 89-329
    (the 329th Public Law passed by the 89th Congress)

                   or: 79 STAT 1219
          (Vol. 79, page 1219)


Colorado Revised Statutes

  • Sample citation: C.R.S. 24-71-101
    (Colo. Electronic Sig Act)


Code of Federal Regulations (Administrative rules passed by federal agencies)

  • Sample citation: 34 CFR 690 (Title 34, chapter 690)
  •  (

Federal Register (New and amended regulations appear here first)

  • Sample citation: 50 FR 10717 (Volume 50, page 10717)

Case law


  • Specht v. Netscape Communications Corp., 306 F3d 17 (2d Cir.2002)


  • Mack Massey Motors, Inc. v. Garnica, 814 S.W.2d 167 (1991)
    Court of Appeals of Texas


Case name X (Specht) verses Y (Netscape...), found in volume # (384) of the Federal Reporter, 3rd series, may also have a page number 

Law Review

Law Review Article:

46 Wayne L. Rev. 1735, The Unfairness of Click-On Software Licenses

Volume 46 of the Wayne State University Law Review, starting on page 1735.

Citation searches

If you hvae a citation these are 2 resources to use:

What a citation looks like

A legal citation is a reference to a specific legal resource such as a statute, legal case, or law journal article.

It typically includes:

- volume number,
- name of resource,
- a page or section number