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Bluebook 101

Basic information for get started with The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation

Printed Formats

Purchase: Buy the 20th edition online or from the bookstore. 

Rent: You can rent the 20th edition online, have it shipped to you, and ship it back at the end of the rental period (typically the end of the term).

Borrow: The library has six copies of the 20th edition in the Reference Area KF 245 .U5 2015 available for you to use in the library or check out (4 hours).

 

Bluebook Online

The Bluebook Online: The current 20th edition of The Bluebook is available online from the publisher's website. The online version gives you access for a year, with a reduced annual renewal price. You can search it and create bookmarks and annotations.

 

 

 

 

 

Rulebook App

 

 

Rulebook App: You can also purchase a license to The Bluebook from within the Rulebook iPad app. As of August, 2015, this app was still using the 19th edition of The Bluebook. Reference librarian Mary Whisner wrote a review of this app when it was first released.

 

Formats Compared

The version of The Bluebook you choose depends on your budget and your work preferences. You can use the following chart to compare the differences.

 

Purchase Print

Rent Print

Online

App

Library Copy

Edition

20th 20th 20th 19th 20th

Price

~$38 ~$35

$36 for 1st year, cheaper if you buy 3 years at once. Renewal of $17 each year.

$39 Free (to you)

TOC, Index

Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Annotate/Bookmark

Yes Not if you want to return it Yes Yes No

Highlight

Yes Not if you want to return it No Yes No

Searchable

Only by flipping and skimming Only by flipping and skimming Yes Yes Only by flipping and skimming

Portability

1 lb. 7 oz.. 1 lb. 7 oz. On web On device Library use only (4 hrs for law students)

How long can you keep it?

Forever End of semester/quarter As long as you renew the license ?? Library use only (4 hrs for law students)