The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation
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For generations, law students, lawyers, scholars, judges, and other legal professionals have relied on The Bluebook system of citation. In a diverse and rapidly changing legal profession, The Bluebook continues to provide a systematic method by which members of the profession communicate important information about the sources and legal authorities upon which they rely in their work.
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Updated to be more accessible
While the current edition of The Bluebook retains the same basic approach to legal citation established by its predecessors, the layout of The Bluebook has been updated to make the information easier to access. Some citation forms have been expanded, elaborated upon, or modified to reflect the ever-expanding range of authorities used in legal writing and to respond to suggestions from the legal community.
The 19th edition contains the following significant changes:
- Rule 1.5(b) now provides comprehensive guidance on the order of multiple parentheticals in a single citation.
- Rule 10.4(b) now allows omission of the jurisdiction and court abbreviation of state courts if unambiguously conveyed by the reporter title.
- Rule 10.6.1(c) now provides guidance on citation to seriatim opinions of the early Supreme Court.
- Rule 10.8.3 now provides details for citations to audio recordings of court proceedings.
- Rule 13.4(d) now establishes specific citation formats for Congressional Research Services and Government Accountability Office reports.
- Rule 14 has been considerably revised to improve citation to administrative agency materials. The rule itself, however, is now shorter as many details on citation to specific agencies have been moved to table T1.2.
- Rule 16.6 now includes provisions for citation to wire services.
- Rule 18 has changed considerably, primarily to allow increased citation to Internet sources.
- Rule 20 has been expanded to provide clearer guidance and examples that are more comprehensive.
- Rule 21 has been updated and now includes improved citations to United Nations materials, and for the International Criminal Court.
- All of the tables have been revised and updated.
- The Bluepages, introduced in the 18th edition (2005), were considerably overhauled for the 19th edition. In addition to general expansion and clarification, the Bluepages now include detailed information for citation to Electronic Case Files (ECF) documents. Bluepages table BT2 has also been updated and expanded to include more local citation rules.
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400+ pp.; 19th ed. 2010