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Legal Citation Research Guide

Getting Started

Citations are essential tools in which not only authors highlight sources they use for their scholarship but also readers may find additional information in original sources. A quality citation undoubtedly prompts a scholarship and an author as well. 

The legal tradition requires proper, certain, and sufficient citation from law students, attorneys, judges and other professions.  Most law schools require to cite using the Bluebook.  A style guide,  the Bluebook, prescribes the most widely used legal citation system in the United States. Currently, it is in its 20th edition. It is so named because its cover is blue.

Courts sometimes have their own rules and guides dictating citation in their particular venue. Sometimes these rules appear as court rules, and sometimes courts issue guides

This research guide presents basic concepts of legal citations to law students.