Citation, n. "A reference to a legal precedent or authority, such as a case, statute, or treatise, that either substantiates or contradicts a given position. -- Often shortened to cite." Citation, Black's Law Dictionary (10th ed. 2014).
There are several different systems for legal citation (see the box titled Legal Citation Manuals/Guides). Whichever system you're using, there are a few main tenets of citation to keep in mind:
When looking to cite a source using The Bluebook, there are a few steps you can take that will help you develop a properly formatted citation. These are:
Pro Tip - if you are unsure how to cite a particular source, search for it in the law reviews databases of Lexis or Westlaw to see how others have cited it.