Writing Resource Center

Legal Writing Resources: Citation Guides

Resources Regarding Plagiarism and Proper Attribution

The Accredited Schools Online Student Guide to Understanding and Preventing Plagiarism discusses various types of plagiarism, offers helpful guidance and illustrations for avoiding plagiarism, and provides links to a number of additional plagiarism resources.

The Purdue OWL website explains what plagiarism is and how to avoid it. The site is geared towards undergrads, but the basic information regarding plagiarism applies to ALL types of writing. The site includes exercises to test your knowledge.

Princeton's comprehensive website offers a wealth of information, and exercises, about avoiding plagiarism. The site gives general information that applies to ALL types of writing.

Resources Regarding Citation Mechanics

Introduction to Basic Legal Citation, courtesy of the Legal Information Institute at Cornell University, offers an excellent online introduction to, and explanation of, legal citation. The site references both The Bluebook and the ALWD Citation Manual. It also includes practitioner norms (which sometimes reflect usage of neither book) and discusses the debate about citation forms.

Baby Blue’s Manual of Legal Citation is an open-source (i.e., free!) online citation manual that covers the rules of citation found in Bluebook’s Bluepages, along with additional citation rules for bills and legislative history. Citations created using Baby Blue mirror those created using the twentieth edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation. Baby Blue was written by students at NYU Law School under the guidance of Professor Christopher Springman and is published by Carl Malamud of Public.Resource.org.

In Blue Tips, the editors of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation provide authoritative, regularly updated, searchable guidance on citation questions.

Resources with Online Citation Exercises

LexisNexis Interactive Citation Workstation provides exercises covering case, statutory, legislative and administrative citations as well as secondary materials using both The Bluebook and ALWD Citation Manual.

The University of Maryland’s Thurgood Marshall Law Library provides exercise for citing cases, statutes, books and periodicals using The Bluebook.

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