This is a question we get a lot! While you can always check the Bluebook, it’s not always straight forward. There are several books to help you in your quest to understand the Bluebook:
- User’s Guide to the Bluebook – at only 49 pages, this book is handy to keep in your Bluebook so you have more examples of common citations.
- Understanding and Mastering the Bluebook – many of you used this book as a first year, it helps to break-down the parts of citation and how to use the Bluebook.
- Cite-Checker: A Hands-on Guide to Learning Citation Form – this one has charts and graphs as well as practice questions and answers.
That’s all fine and dandy for law school, but what about citation in practice? In Florida, the state court practice rules are in the Rules of Appellate Procedure. You can generally find the court practice rules for citation at the court’s website, bar association website, or at LII (The Legal Information Institute).
Need the citation rules for another state? No problem! LII has you covered. Or do search for the state’s bar association or court website. Still can’t find it? You can always contact us at the reference desk at email@example.com or 904.680.7612.
Have fun citing!