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Citation Guide: Interpreting, Managing & Creating Bluebook Legal Cites   Tags: blue_book, cite_checking  

This guide contains tips on using the Bluebook for legal citation. It includes citation samples of commonly used resources, style and abbreviation guides, and info on using citation managers to organize your research and automatically create cites.
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Legal Citation Style Guides

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The Bluebook : a uniform system of citation - Harvard Law Review Association
The Bluebook is the dominant style manual for legal citation in the United States. It is currently in its 19th edition.

Pt 1, the Bluepages, is a basic guide to legal citation designed for practicing legal professionals and 1Ls.

Pt 2 contains more complex rules of citation style required for law journals and other legal scholarship.

Pt 3 consists of tables which show which authorities to cite in various jurisdictions and how to abbreviate them.

A Bluebook app is also available. Download the free Rulebook and the do an in-app purchase for the Bluebook.


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User's guide to the Bluebook - Alan L. Dworsky
A quick tour of the Bluebook -- Typeface -- How to cite a case -- How to cite a statute -- How to cite other commonly cited sources.

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ALWD citation manual : a professional system of citation - Association of Legal Writing Directors and Darby Dickerson
The ALWD citation manual is an alternative legal citation style manual. Although it follows the same general style as the Bluebook there are some differences. The ALWD manual is generally considered to be easier to understand than the Bluebook.

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Wisconsin guide to citation - State Bar of Wisconsin
This citation guide shows the proper citation format for authorities commonly referred to in documents submitted to the Wisconsin courts.

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Introduction to Basic Legal Citation - Peter W. Martin
This guide offers examples on how to cite various legal sources. It is available for free in HMTL, PDF, and for several e-readers.

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Guide to foreign and international legal citations - Wolters Kluwer Law & Business
This guide provides standards for citing country-specific constitutions, legislation and jurisprudence in the style of the source jurisdiction's own citation systems, as well as standards for citing treaties and documents from international organizations.

 

Legal Citation Formats

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Prince’s dictionary of legal citations
When you need to know how to cite a particular U.S. legal publication, this guide shows the citation format in the Bluebook style.

 

Legal Writing Style Guides

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The redbook : a manual on legal style - Bryan A. Garner
The guide covers the essential rules of legal writing, including grammar, word choice, formatting, punctuation, spelling, editing and more.

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