Can the Law Library help me format legal citations?
Legal citations are used to identify the source of information supporting a particular point in a legal document. In general, the Law Library cannot help researchers format legal citations. We typically recommend using The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation for formatting legal citations. The Bluebook is the most widely used style guide for legal citations in the United States. Other style guides, such as Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS) and American Psychological Association (APA), generally defer to Bluebook style for citing legal materials.
The Law Library keeps copies of The Bluebook in the Reading Room for researchers to use while they are on site. If you are off site, use Worldcat External to find a copy of The Bluebook in a library near you. Bluebook Online External generally requires a subscription to access content; however, there is a free Quick Style Guide External with examples illustrating how to cite commonly used sources (e.g., cases, statutes, bills, and Internet sources) in accordance with The Bluebook.
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