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The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation 20th ed

Edited by: Columbia, Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, & Yale Law Reviews

ISBN13: 9780692400197
Previous Edition ISBN: 9780615361161
Published: June 2015
Publisher: Harvard Law Review
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Spiral Bound
Price: £37.50

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Now in its 20th edition, The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation continues to set the standard for how to write and correctly attribute references in legal articles, reports and memorandum. This volume is as ubiquitous as Black's Law Dictionary on the bookshelves of every knowledgable law student and legal practitioner.

For generations, law students, lawyers, scholars, judges, and other legal professionals have relied upon the The Bluebook as the definitive style guide for legal citation. With the 20th edition The Bluebook continues to provide a systematic method for citing sources and authorities in the rapidly changing world of legal communications.

The Bluebook contains three major parts:-

The Bluepages are a how-to guide for basic legal citation. Unlike the remainder of The Bluebook, which is designed in a style and at a level of complexity commensurate with the needs of the law journal publication process, the Bluepages provides easy-to-comprehend guidance for the everyday citation needs of first-year law students, summer associates, law clerks, practicing lawyers, and other legal professionals. The examples used throughout the Bluepages are printed using simple typeface conventions common in the legal profession.

The second part, printed on white paper, is the heart of The Bluebook system of citation: the rules of citation and style. This part is subdivided into two main sections. The first section, consisting of rules 1 through 9, etablishes general standards of citation and style for use in all forms of legal writing. The second section, consisting of rules 10 through 21, presents rules for citation of specific kinds of authority such as cases, statutes, books, periodicals, and foreign and international materials. The examples used throughout this part are printed using typeface conventions standard in law journal footnotes.

The third part, printed on white paper with a blue border at the end of the book, consists of a series of tables to be used in conjunction with the rules. The tables show, among other things, which authority to cite and how to abbreviate properly. Individual tables are referenced throughout the book.

At the very end of the book is a comprehensive index. Should you have trouble finding information about a particular citation issue, look to the index for guidance. A quick reference guide with examples of the most common citation forms in law journal style is found on the inside front cover and first page of the book, and a parallel listing using the Bluepages' simpler typeface conventions appears on the very last page and inside back cover.

Reference, Courts and Procedure
The Bluepages: An Introduction to Basic Legal Citation
The Bluepages Tables
Rule 1: Structure and Use of Citations
Rule 2: Typefaces for Law Reviews
Rule 3: Subdivisions
Rule 4: Short Citation Forms
Rule 5: Quotations
Rule 6: Abbreviations, Numerals and Symbols
Rule 7: Italicization for Style, and Terms of Court
Rule 8: Capitalization
Rule 9: Titles of Judges, Officials and Terms of Court
Rule 10: Cases
Rule 11: Constitutions
Rule 12: Statutes
Rule 13: Legislative Materials
Rule 14: Adminisrative and Executive Materials
Rule 15: Books, Reports and other Nonperiodic Materials
Rule 16: Periodical Materials
Rule 17: Unpublished and Forthcoming Sources
Rule 18: The Internet, Electronic Media and other Nonprint Resources
Rule 19: Services
Rule 20: Foreign Materials
Rule 21: International Materials
Table T1: United States Jurisdictions
Table T2: Foreign Jurisdictions
Table T3: Intergovernmental Organizations
Table T4: Treaty Sources
Table T5: Arbitral Reporters
Table T6: Case Names and Institutional Authors in Citations
Table T7: Court Names
Table T8: Explanatory Phrases
Table T9: Legislative Documents
Table T10: Geographical Terms
Table T11: Judges and Officials
Table T12: Months
Table T13: Periodicals
Table T14: Publishing Terms
Table T15: Services
Table T16: Subdivisions