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Cite-Checking & Library Research

Suggestions for law students conducting cite-checks


This guide is intended for students working on cite-checking articles for one of the UW School of Law's journals.

Purpose of Citations

"The central function of a legal citation is to allow the reader to efficiently locate the cited source." The Bluebook, 20th ed. at 1.

The cite-checker reviews citations in a submitted article to ensure that the citations comply with the rules established by The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (latest edition adopted by the law review). To accomplish this task, the cite-checker identifies, locates, and retrieves copies of all cited sources.

This document describes tools and strategies for identifying, locating, and retrieving sources in the Gallagher Law Library and other libraries, in commercial databases, and on the Internet.