Structure of The Bluebook
The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, 20th edition, is the standard citation style manual for law practitioners and scholars. It is often referred to as The Bluebook for short. The Bluebook is organized into three major sections:
- The Bluepages:
- Pages are blue in color
- Rules begin with the letter "B"
- For use by practioners in court documents and legal memoranda
- The Whitepages:
- Pages are white in color with a dark blue bar across the top of the page
- Rules begin with the letter "R"
- For use by legal scholars writing law review articles (and the AWR)
- The Tables:
- Pages are white with a dark blue bar down the outside edge of each page
- Used by both practioners and scholars
- Contain information on which authority to cite and how to abbreviate words
Useful Features of The Bluebook
The Bluebook has several useful features to help you locate the appropriate rule to cite your resource.
- Inside front cover: A quick reference guide to the Whitepages that provides examples of citations to commonly used rules.
- Table of Contents: Provides a list of the contents of The Bluebook, including a list of rules and subrules and their page numbers.
- Index: A fairly comprehensive index of topics and where to find information on those topics in The Bluebook. (Example: Not sure which rule to use to cite the Model Rules of Professional Conduct? Look up "model" or "professional" in the Index and it will refer you to page 133, where there is a sub-rule on how to cite to that source.)
- Inside back cover: A quick reference guide to the Bluepages that provides examples of citations to commonly used rules.
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