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Bluebook 101

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

Books to Help with The Bluebook

For books on using and understanding the Bluebook, search the Law Library catalog by keyword "bluebook".

***NOTE: some of these books are keyed to earlier editions of The Bluebook. Always double check that the rule cited in these materials matches the rule in the current edition of The Bluebook.


Maybe it sounds crazy that you'd need a manual to help you with a manual, but there are some, such as:


Cite-Checker: Your Guide to Using the Bluebook (3d ed. 2011), KF245.B68 2011 at Reference Area





Interactive Citation Workbook for The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (2013 ed.), KF 245 .I48 2013 at Reference Area





Prince’s Dictionary of Legal Citations (8th ed. 2011), KF246 .B45 2011 at Reference Area, Reference Office. Offers thousands of examples of Bluebook citations.





Understanding and Mastering the Bluebook: A Guide for Students and Practitioners (3d ed. 2015), KF245.B37 2015, on order, expected December, 2015  (older editions in the Classified Stacks).





User's Guide to the Bluebook. KF245.D853 2015 at Reference Area (revised for the twentieth edition)




Also very helpful: Prince's Bieber Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations (6th ed. 2009), KF246 .B46 2009 at Reference Area and Reference Office. Lists abbreviations and what they stand for.