This guide will assist students with citation checking for law review and journals, as well as when working as research assistants. It may also help students writing scholarly, law-review style papers for class. For Bluebooking resources for Briefs/Memorandum see the Library's Student Services - Research & Writing Help - Legal Citation Format and Bluebooking.
Citation checking usually involves finding a copy of the item cited and making sure the citation is accurate and in proper Bluebook form.
Cleveland State Law Review, Global Business Law Review, and Journal of Law and Health Law Library Liaisons:
- Amy Burchfield, Access & Faculty Services Librarian, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Laura Ray, Instructional Services Librarian, email@example.com
Interlibrary Loan: Tom Hurray, Evening/Weekend Supervisor, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Short Citations. If you are trying to verify a short citation that relates to a citation in an earlier section of an article than the section you have been assigned, start by identifying the initial citation. Even if the initial citation is incomplete, it may provide information to help verify your assigned short citation. Your editorial staff or professor should be able to provide you with the initial citation.
Three main short citations:
Id. (means "ibid," or "the same"; refers to the immediately preceding authority in the same footnote or the sole authority within the preceding footnote) See Bluebook rule 4.1
Supra (means "above"; refers to a preceding authority) See Bluebook rule 4.2
Hereinafter - allows creation of a special short citation form to be used subsequently in the article. See Bluebook rule 4.2
Incomplete/Inaccurate Citations. Do a search with the information you have in the library catalog, an electronic index, an electronic database of fulltext articles or possibly on the Internet to determine the correct complete citation. For example, use keywords in the article title, journal title, book chapter title, or book title - as well as synonyms for those keywords - with the author's name.
Authors often cite their own publications. If you are not having any luck determining a correct complete citation, consider reviewing footnotes in other articles by the same author.
These 2 annual publications may help you verify a title and publisher, as well as provide an ISSN number for precise searching in library catalogs.
- Legal Looseleafs in Print. KF 1 .L43 (current issue in Reference)
- Legal Newsletters in Print. KF 1 .L44 (current issue in Reference)
If you are unfamiliar with an abbreviation in a citation, see:
Prince's Bieber Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations. KF 246 .B74 2009
Black's Law Dictionary. KF 156 .B53 2009 - See, in particular, its Appendix of Legal Abbreviations.
Index to Legal Citations and Abbreviations. KD400 .R35 2008 - For Great Britain and United Kingdom publications.
Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations - "Allows you to search for the meaning of abbreviations for English language legal publications, from the British Isles, the Commonwealth and the United States...."
World Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations K89 .K38 1991 - 4 volumes; kept current by loose-leaf supplements; contains abbreviations not found in Cardiff.