Still need more help? Consult the following resources:
Legal Writing Citation in a Nut Shell by Larry L. Teply (on Reserve in the Library): KF245 .T47 2008
Understanding and Mastering the Bluebook by Linda J. Barris (on Reserve in the Library): KF245 .B37 2007
Suffolk University Law School, A Bluebook Guide for Law Students by Scott Akehurst-Moore
Peter W. Martin's Introduction to Basic Legal Citation (online ed. 2013). Available through Cornell's Legal Information Institute
LexisNexis Interactive Citation Workstation
Elon Univ. School of Law's Understanding Citations (Instructional videos introducing legal citation construction)
Alan L. Dworsky's User's Guide to the Bluebook (on Reserve in the Library): KF245 .D853 2010
Unless you know which rule you need to start with, start your bluebooking by using one of the below:
When reviewing a rule to determine proper citation style, read the ENTIRE rule to make sure you aren't missing a critical detail!
NOTE: Discussion on Periodical Materials, Books, Reports & Other, and Internet, Electronic Media & Other can be found at the bottom of this guide.
Use the tables in the back of the BB (pg 215-473) to finalize your citations.
Know which which Reporters & Statutory Publications to cite
Rule 16 outlines the proper citation of law review articles, notes, comments, symposium, and book reviews; magazine articles; newspaper articles & newsletters.
Rule 15 "governs the citation fo books, treatises, reports, white papers, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and all other" non-journal materials. - Bluebook pg 138.
Rule 18: Information found online (including websites, Lexis, Westlaw, & other electronic databases)
INTERNET SOURCES (18.2)
18.2.1: Instructions on when you are permitted to cite online sources "as if they were the original print"
18.2.2: Cite directly to internet sources that don't exist in a "traditional printed format" or when the traditional printed source "exists but cannot be found or is so obscure that it is practically unavailable"
18.2.3 (and 18.2.1(c)): Citing to internet source as "available at" when internet access "will substantially improve access to the source cited"
NON-INTERNET ELECTRONIC SOURCES (18.3-18.7)
18.3.1: Instructions on citing to Unreported Cases
18.3.2: Include database name if used to obtain Codes and session laws
18.3.3: Include database name if used to obtain Legislative, Admin, & Executive materials
18.3.4: Include database name if used to obtain Secondary materials. "To increase ease of access... permissible to include a parallel citation ... using "available at""
SOURCE SPECIFIC RULES
10.8.1: Cases - Pending & Unreported - cases available on electronic media
12.5: Statutes - Electronic Media and Online Sources
13.7: Legislative Materials - Electronic Media and Online Sources
14.3.2(c): Administrative and Executive Materials - Services and electronic databases
14.4(d): Administrative and Executive Materials - Electronic Resources
15.9: Books, Reports, & Other Nonperiodic Materials - Electronic Media and Online Sources
16.8: Periodic Materials - Electronic Media and Online Sources
17.5: Unpublished & Forthcoming Sources - Electronic Media and Online Sources