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Reference guide for APA 7th edition

Reference guide for APA 7th edition intended for students at the department of Biology and CEC, Lund University. NB! If you access the guide using a smartphone, please note that the text will open below the menu.

EU legislation

EU legislation

The APA (7th edition) manual does not contain any specific instructions on how to refer laws and regulations outside of the United States. The recommendation is instead to format the references according to guidelines in each country. In this section you will find our recommendations on how to refer to EU legislation. The European Union publishes primary legislation and secondary legislation, such as directives, policies and regulations. If you accessed the legislation online, include the URL of the website from which it was retrieved in the reference.

Do not forget to consult the general instructions on how to write references according to APA (7th edition), including how to write in-text references and construct a reference list, the number of authors to be included, how to write references to two or more works within the same parenthesis, what to do if you have several references with the same author and publication date, how you cite specific parts of works, how to handle incomplete reference information (e.g. missing author information or no publication date), and when/how to use acronyms.

Template
Legislation type and Number of LegislationTitle of publicationEuropean Union, Name of the EU agency. URL

Examples:

In-text references  

(The reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment, Directive 2019/904

(The prevention and management of the introduction and spread of invasive alien species, Regulation 1143/2014)                               

In the EU directive The reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment (Directive 2019/904)... 

According article 13 paragraph 1 in The prevention and management of the introduction and spread of invasive alien species (Regulation 1143/2014)...

Reference list

Directive 2019/904. The reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environmentEuropean Parliament, Council of the European Union. http://data.europa.eu/eli/dir/2019/904/oj

Regulation 1143/2014The prevention and management of the introduction and spread of invasive alien speciesEuropean Parliament, Council of the European Union. http://data.europa.eu/eli/reg/2014/1143/oj