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Bluebook Legal Citation

A guide to legal citation using Bluebook rules.

How to cite . . .

You can use this page as a quick starting point.

Below you will see examples of bluebook citations for various common authority types. 

Each example contains orange brackets and labels - clicking on a bracketed and labelled portion of the example will redirect to where rules concerning that element of example are included within this guide.

Books

Example of a book:

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Cases

Below is an example of a case citation.  This guide will briefly cover the rule governing this citation.  For more in-depth information about the parts of a case citation, please see "citations explained" in Tarlton's Finding a Case guide. 

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Statutes

Example of a federal statute:

 

 

 

Example of single section of the U.S. Code: 17 U.S.C. § 107.

Example of a state statute: Tex. Prop. Code Ann. § 22.021 (West 2010).