Legal & General Writing Resources: Legal Citations

Updated May 15, 2015
Prepared by Cheryl Nyberg and Nancy McMurrer; updates by Scott Matheson.

This guide consists of website links and lists of books, most of which are located in the Reference Area on floor L1, unless otherwise indicated. HeinOnline is a UW Restricted source.

This guide is part of a series on Legal & General Writing Resources, including

  • general dictionaries, grammar guides, thesauri, and usage manuals
  • legal dictionaries
  • legal writing blogs, guides, websites, and other resources.

See also the Gallagher guide Bluebook 101, which covers basic formats and layout, major changes since the last edition, information for Washington State practitioners, and related resources.


The Bluebook

The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, 20th ed. The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (2015).
The Bluebook is the major legal citation guide in the United States. It is compiled by the editors of the Columbia Law Review, the Harvard Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal.
KF245.U5 2010 at Reference Area

Related Resources

The Bluebook's preface (pages vii-ix) and introduction (pages 1-2) summarize changes made in the 20th edition.

The Bluebook Uncovered: A Practical Guide to Mastering Legal Citation (for the 20th edition of the Bluebook)
Reference Area (KF245 .A57 2015)

Understanding and Mastering the Bluebook: A Guide for Students and Practitioners (3d ed. 2015).
Reference Area (KF245 .B37 2015)

User's Guide to the Bluebook (Revised for the 20th ed.)
Reference Area (KF245 .D853 2015)

Peter W. Martin, Introduction to Basic Legal Citation (online ed. 2016)

Bluebook Abbreviations of Law Reviews & Legal Periodicals Indexed in CILP, compiled by the editors of the Current Index to Legal Periodicals.

Prince's Bieber Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations: A Reference Guide for Attorneys, Legal Secretaries, Paralegals, and Law Students (6th ed. 2009)
Lists abbreviations and their corresponding full titles and a reverse dictionary, with titles and their Bluebook abbreviations.
KF246.B46 2009 at Reference Area & Reference Office | LexisNexis

Prince's Dictionary of Legal Citations: Reference Guide for Attorneys, Legal Secretaries, Paralegals, and Law Students (8th ed. 2011)
Provides Bluebook abbreviations and examples of citation formats for hundreds of specific sources and categories of legal authority.
Reference Office KF246.B45 2011

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Other Legal Citation Guides ALWD Citation Manual

Some law reviews and other sources prefer other legal citation manuals. Copies are located in the Reference Area unless otherwise indicated.

American Association of Law Libraries, Universal Citation Guide (3d ed. 2014).
KF245.A258 2014 at Reference Office & Classified Stacks

Association of Legal Writing Directors, ALWD Guide to Legal Citation ( 5th ed. 2014).
KF245.A45 2014

ALWD Companion: A Citation Practice Book (2010).
KF245.A454 2010

Washington Courts, Office of the Reporter of Decisions, Style Sheet. Effective as of Dec. 8, 2015. Subject to revision.
Secifies preferences for citing Washington legal sources that depart from the citation formats given in the Bluebook

For additional titles, search the Law Library catalog or another catalog by the phrase "citation of legal authorities".

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Foreign Legal Citation Guides

Other countries follow different citation rules. Here are a few of those guides.

Copies of the books are located in the Reference Area unless otherwise indicated.

Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation (8th ed. 2014).
KE259.C36 2014

Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations.
Covers citations gleaned from a number of sources for Australian, British, Canadian, French, German, Indian, Italian, and other foreign legal material.

The Inter-American Citator: A Guide to Uniform Citation of Inter-American Sources for Writers & Practitioners, 43 U. Miami Inter-Am. L. Rev. 377-443 (2012). HeinOnline
Covers citation formats for legal materials (constitutions, codes, legislation, gazettes, court reports, law reviews, and other publications) from countries in the Caribbean and Latin and South America.

New York University School of Law, Guide to Foreign and International Legal Citations (2d ed. 2009).
K89.G84 2009. (1st ed.)

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