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Information about doing education research at the Trustee Library.

Article Databases for Legal Issues

About Legal Briefs


When you do not know a specific case, using the guided search is recommended. Select cases, the jurisdiction you want (state of federal), any specific search terms, and any specific years you are interested.

Citing a legal brief in APA:

Document name, pincite, case citation (docket number), commercial database identifier (if you accessed the brief through Nexis Uni, Westlaw, HeinOnline etc.).

If you didn't access the brief through a database, provide the retrieval statement — Retrieved from


Example 1: 


Reply brief of petitioners Jennifer Gratz and Patrick Hamacher, Gratz v. Bollinger, 539 U. S. 244 (2003) (no. 02-516). Retrieved from

In-text citation

Gratz v. Bollinger (2003)   or   (Gratz v. Bollinger, 2003)

Example 2:


Brief for Ringling Bros.-Barnum & Bailey Combined Shows, Inc. et al. as Amici Curiae Supporting Respondents, Mosely v. V Secret Catalogue, Inc, 537 U.S. 418 (2003) (no. 01-1015), 2002 WL 1987618.

In-text citation

Mosely v. V Secret Catalogue (2003)   or   (Mosely v. V Secret Catalogue, 2003)


Thanks to Concordia University's Ask a Librarian for this quick reference.