Answered By: Iris Carroll
Last Updated: Jun 29, 2016     Views: 98

Wow, you’ve really stepped into a very complicated citation puzzle with this excellent Web document. I think because FindLaw basically took the liberty of constructing this document from several editions of a print publication, you’ll need to show FindLaw as the author. Also, you will not find a DOI for this Web document, so you’ll want to show the URL of the site.

Interestingly, the “official” citation format for legal materials, The Blue Book, indicates that “Annotations are treated as articles in a collection or journal.

You will also want to take a look at the APA blog on how to cite the constitution.

So, I would start with FindLaw as the author, and cite the annotation as an article in a collection found on the Web. This is how I would handle it:

 

FindLaw. Annotation. 18. U.S. Const. amend. I. Retrieved from http://constitution.findlaw.com/.

 

Good luck.