How to Cite the 4th Amendment

by Chang Lin
Bluebook is the citation and formatting resource for legal writing.

Bluebook is the citation and formatting resource for legal writing.

Whether you are writing a research paper, essay, thesis or book, giving credit to a source is proper writing etiquette. Citing sources make your paper more credible and acknowledges the origin of the information. Unlike other government legislation, the amendments of the U.S. Constitution do not have sections, articles and clauses. Therefore, creating a citation for the amendment is simple.

Format the citation correctly by first abbreviating the phrase "United States Constitution" as "U.S. Const."

Abbreviate the term "amendment" " as "amend." and add the roman numeral symbol for four, which is "IV."

Embed the citation, in parenthesis, at the end of the sentence. The final citation for the fourth amendment should look like: "U.S. Const., amend. IV." Remember to place parenthesis around the citation instead of the quotations seen in the example.

About the Author

Chang Lin has been writing professionally since 2010. He has written scripts for the National Science Foundation and short films that have won awards at film festivals. Lin holds a Bachelor of Arts in scriptwriting from the University of North Texas.

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