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Law Reviews & Journals: Research Guide

A guide with information on resources for cite checks, Bluebooking, and writing articles.

Citation Resources

Honestly, nothing helps you gain an understanding (if not an appreciation) of the Bluebook better than constant use. That being said, here are some places you can go if you're stuck on a citation issue. (Don't forget that you can always contact a reference librarian, too).

Mitchell Hamline's Citation LibGuide

Gives several additional places to find out: more information about the Bluebook, including its history, additional tutorials (in print and online) on how to use the Bluebook, and links to presentations on the Bluebook.

LexisNexis Interactive Citation Workstation

Will help you learn the citation rules of the Bluebook and ALWD. You will also become familiar with the Bluebook and ALWD as reference guides for finding citation rules.

Cornell Law’s LII / Legal Information Institute's Legal Citation Guide

This primer will help you understand and apply the arcane formats used to properly cite legal authorities.

Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation

This is the home page for The Bluebook, but to access its content, you must be a paid subscriber (come to the reference desk for a preview of the Bluebook online to see if you'd like to purchase your own subscription). The site also provide an easy route for reporting errors or recommending changes.

Finally, a good trick for figuring out the citation for a truly bizarre source is to see how other law reviews have done it. In HeinOnline, Westlaw, and LexisNexis, you can limit your results to those articles occurring in the four journals that write the Bluebook (the Columbia Law Review, Harvard Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review and the Yale Law Journal) and see how those editors have dealt with your source (if they have dealt with your source, of course).

  • In HeinOnline, do an advanced search, and highlight the journal titles that you want to search from the drop-down menu
  • In Westlaw (not WestlawNext), choose the CLMLR, HVLR, UPALR, YLJ databases
  • In LexisNexis, follow this string: Legal > Secondary Legal > Law Reviews & Journals > Individual Law Reviews & Journals (or use the “Find A Source” button)

Chat With A Librarian

If you need more information on this topic, please contact the reference desk:

by phone: 651-290-6424

via e-mail: reference@mitchellhamline.edu

Or, during regular work hours, you may chat with a Mitchell Hamline research librarian here.