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Citations in legal writing
(from Introduction to Basic Legal Citation (online ed. 2014) by Peter W. Martin, §1-200. Purposes of Legal Citation)
- identify the document and document part to which the writer is referring,
- provide the reader with sufficient information to find the document or document part in the sources the reader has available (which may or may not be the same sources as those used by the writer), and
- furnish important additional information about the referenced material and its connection to the writer's argument to assist readers in deciding whether or not to pursue the reference.
There are two main styles used in legal writing: The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation published and distributed by the Harvard Law Review Association; and the ALWD Guide to Legal Citation published by the Association of Legal Writing Directors. If you are writing for a non-legal audience, and using the APA/MLA/Chicago/Turabian citation styles, see the examples given on the "Citation of..." page for each type of law.
Introduction to Basic Legal Citation (online ed. 2015) by Peter W. Martin
An excellent guide. The content is also available
in three different e-book formats: 1) a pdf version that can be printed out in whole or part and also used with hyperlink navigation on an iPad or other tablet, indeed, on any computer; 2) a version designed specifically for use on the full range of Kindles as well as other ereaders or apps using the Mobi format; and 3) a version in ePub format for ereaders or apps that work with it.
The Bluebook. 20th ed. by
Call Number: Drinko Reference & S. Chas. Gen'l Collection KF245 .B58 2015
Publication Date: 2015
"A Uniform System of Citation" - the standard guide.