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Understanding and Mastering The Bluebook: A Guide for Students and Practitioners 4th Edition, ISBN-13: 978-1531019150



  • Format: PDF
  • Publisher: ‎ Carolina Academic Press; Fourth Edition (August 27, 2020)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • 194 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 1531019153
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1531019150

The fourth edition of Understanding and Mastering The Bluebook incorporates rule changes from the 21st edition of the Bluebook, including new rules for citing federal statutes, the ordering of authorities in string citations, and a changed method for citing periodicals. The fourth edition also provides improved discussions of procedural and descriptive phrases, direct citations to Westlaw and LEXIS, and other citation forms that are perennial stumbling blocks.

The Bluebook® provides the rules for legal citation, but can be intimidating and frustrating to use. With its simple building-block approach, this survival manual teaches how to understand and master the essential rules for legal practitioners. Rules are fully described and illustrated using:

Clear explanations and illustrations of the basic components of legal citations;

Step-by-step instructions for building citations to the most common authorities cited by legal practitioners;

Detailed guidance for citing legal materials to both print and electronic sources;

Examples, comparison charts, illustrations, and bullet-point explanations designed for quick mastery of basic Bluebook citation rules;

Tips, hints, and cautions to help users avoid common citation errors;

Cross references to the controlling Bluebook rules;

and A user-friendly format gathering The Bluebook s scattered rules for each authority into one place.

About the Author

Linda Barris has been a professor of legal writing for 15 years.


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