Think Bluebooking is challenging? So do a lot of other people! There are many different tools out there to help you create Bluebook-formatting citations. But beware--none of these tools are a perfect solution for all of your Bluebook troubles. You will need to double-check your citations to make sure they're correct even after using one of these tools.
Select text, right click, Copy with Reference. Selectable Formats:
Select text, right click, Copy (Quick). Selectable Formats:
Select text, right click, Copy (Advanced).
Shepard's StyleCheck checks either Bluebook rules or California Citation forms. It is part of Shepard’s Brief Suite, a suite of programs that automates the cite checking process. To submit the brief you are viewing to the Shepard’s StyleCheck program:
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Automatically checks the format of your citations and the accuracy of your quotations. Adds proper citation format to pasted quotes. Keeps track of each citation in the document for you. If the citation is valid and formatted properly, its long and short form will be updated as you make changes to the document. Any text you indicate is a citation (whether it’s valid or not) will be included in the document's Table of Authorities; however, which section of the Table of Authorities it is inserted in depends on how you resolve the citation format. Follow these steps:
Select text, click Copy with Citation. This will open a box with the formatted citation that you can copy and paste into your document. You also have the option of linking the citation to Bloomberg Law.
Bloomberg Law does not allow you to change the citation format.
EndNote Cite While You Write allows you to cite your references in Bluebook format. To download Cite While You Write go to Options>Download Installers>Cite While You Write. In Word, open the EndNote Tab and login with your EndNote email and password. Click Insert Citations, which opens a search box where you will search for you reference. Click Find and select your reference(s), then click Insert. If the Bluebook citation is not accurate, you can manually the citation.
EndNote supports the following styles:
In the Bibliography section of the EndNote Tab, you can change the Style and Update your citations. You can download these styles from the EndNote website.
Mendeley Cite-O-Matic will allow you to cite your references in Bluebook style. Mendeley should automatically download Cite-O-Matic into the References Tab in Word. Click Insert Citation. Search for your reference(s) and click OK. You can also change the Style of your citations. If the Bluebook citation is not accurate, you can manually edit the citation.
Mendeley supports the following Styles:
You can find and edit styles on the Mendeley website.
RefWorks Write-N-Cite allows you to cite references in Bluebook style. To download Write-N-Cite from your RefWorks account: Tools>Write-N-Cite. RefWorks will download Write-N-Cite to the References Tab in Word. Click Insert Citation. Click Insert New. Search or browse for your referene(s) and you will see a preview of the formatted citation. Click OK. If RefWorks makes an error with the citation format, you can manually edit the citation.
RefWorks supports the following citation styles:
To add more citation styles, go to Output Style Manager in your RefWorks account. You can see the full list of styles on the RefWorks website.
Zotero will download a plugin into the Add-Ins tab on Word. Click Insert Citation. This will open a window where you can select the citation style. After selecting the style, another window will open allowing you to search for your reference(s). Once the references are added to your paper, you can edit those citations
Zotero supports the following citation styles:
You can download additional citation styles from the Zotero website.
Juris-M is a Zotero spin-off aimed at legal researchers. It uses the free Indigo Book, similar to (but not licensed by) The Bluebook.
Georgetown Law Library has a series of three training videos about Juris-M
Citation management software enables you to collect, organize, edit, and share your research. There are several options out there, but Georgetown Law Library recommends either Zotero or Juris-M, with a preference for Juris-M, as it is specifically designed to handle legal and multilingual citations. This set of tutorials will focus on installing and using Juris-M using Zotero’s cloud storage and sharing.
For accessibility, there are also PDFs of the text, as well as options for closed captioning and variable playback speeds.
Bestlaw is a free browser extension for Chrome and Firefox that adds features for WestlawNext and Lexis Advance. Bestlaw can automatically generate Bluebook citations with one click. There is also a Pro version for sale that adds more features.
"The legal citation generator for lazy law students." A fun citation generator.
LegalEase is a subscription-based citation generator. It's priced at about $10 a month or $60 a year. The company offers a 10-day free trial.