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Bluebook Legal Citation

A guide to legal citation using Bluebook rules.

General rules

The first nine rules of The Bluebook are general rules covering such topics are introductory signals, quotations, and citations to subparts such as sections, paragraphs, or pages.  These rules are general because they can apply in any given citation.  (Rules 10-21 are specific rules because they cover citation issues related to specific types of authority, jurisdictions, or formats and will only apply when a specific type of authority falls under that rule.)