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This guide lists software useful for legal writing. (This guide was formerly titled Citation Checking and Legal Writing Software).
Last Updated: Sep 15, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Cut and Paste Snippet with Proper Citation

  • WestlawNext
    When you highlight part of a document, select Copy with Reference. The highlighted part will be copied along with the citation in the format you pick (Standard (Bluebook) , ALWD or state specific).

    Not all states are currently supported. Ohio citation format available.

    Select Briefs or Law Review Format: the default is Bluebook for legal briefs; if you want to change to Bluebook for Law Review form, click on Preferences in the bottom left, then click on the Citation tab, and select Law Review as citation style.

  • Lexis Advance
    Choose style manual formats when copying citations—standard Bluebook for briefs citation format or California Manual of Style, with more to come.
  • Cite Genie
    Firefox extension. Free for 90 days, then $14.95 for use on 3 computers.

    When copying text from a case in Lexis or Westlaw will put the citation into the proper format for the jurisdiction you choose, or in standard Bluebook brief form. Does not do law review Bluebook form.

    Works for Google Scholar and Bloomberg Law, but only in Bluebook format.

  • Cite Stack
    Google Chrome extension. Only works in Google Scholar. Free for seven days, then a license must be purchased for $69.99/yr or $9.99/mon. Bluebook for briefs format only.

    Allows you to save a stack of case snippets with cites in a folder and then export the stack to Microsoft Word.

Create Database of Authorities

Create a database of authorities which can be inserted into a document in proper citation format.  Citations can be inserted into the text of a brief or article, and/or can be used to create a bibliography.  Find more information about these at Reference Management Software.

  • Refworks
    Available for free to CSU faculty and students.

    Bluebook law review format only, not brief format.
  • Zotero
    Free Firefox add-on. Connectors available for use with Chrome and Safari.

    Bluebook law review format only, not brief format. See Zotero Style Guide. No state formats.
  • Endnote
    Must purchase.

    Both Bluebook brief and Bluebook law review formats.
  • LexisNexis Casemap  Icon
    A tool for organizing facts, documents, issues, evidence, characters and legal authorities for a case. Legal authorities entered into Casemap will be put into Bluebook form. Free to law students and faculty via Lexis Advance.
  • LexisNexis Casemap Information
    Visit this link for all the information you need to use Casemap.

Upload a Document and Check Citation Format

  • Lexis for Microsoft Office
    Use link to download product to use in conjunction with LexisNexis Advance. Check citation formats in Microsoft Word, similar to using spell check. Works for Bluebook for briefs, California and New York formats, other states to be added.

    Also build a table of authorities, check quotes and do research from a Word document. See video, below. Free for law students & faculty.

Video: Checking Citations using Lexis for Microsoft Office

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