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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

Author Rules Title Rules Pincite Rules Publisher, Edition, and Year Rules

 

SPENCER L. SIMONS, TEXAS LEGAL RESEARCH (2d ed. 2016).

Cases

Below is an example of a case citation.  This page will briefly covers 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. Case name rules Reporter citation rules Court & year rules Parenthetical phrase rules Prior and subsequent history rules

Statutes

Example of a Federal Statute:

 

Example of single section of the U.S. Code: 17 U.S.C. § 107 (2006)

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