Referencing Acts of Parliament

When writing your assignments and you want to refer to a particular law here are some tips for you if you are using APA style referencing.

Acts should not be included in APA reference lists at all. However, on the first mention of the act a full citation is given in the text of your assignment. For example:

Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014

If you choose to abbreviate an Act’s title by using initials you must show this when you first mention the Act. For example:

Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 [SSWWA]

Then any subsequent cites you can just refer to the acronym. For example:

SSWWA 2014

If you want to refer to a specific section of the Act you can do one of the following:

S.5 of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 states that….
OR
According to s.5 of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 ….
OR
The well-being of carers must be promoted (Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014, s.5)

Any queries please get in touch chhslibrary@swansea.ac.uk

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