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Chicago style

Style and Citation Guides
Bowdoin Library maintains this list of resources for Chicago, Bluebook, and other styles.

Bluebook style

The bluebook : a uniform system of citation
Main Ref Desk KF245 .B58 20th 2015
The standard legal citation guide. I recommend the Quick Style Guide.
Earlier editions of the Blue Book may be available from the Wayback Machine.

Introduction to Basic Legal Citation (LII)
Peter W. Martin, Cornell Law School.

Other styles

Guide to foreign and international legal citations, New York University School of Law
Main Ref K89 .G84 2006

Abbreviations

Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations.
Searchable by abbreviation or by title. "This database allows you to search for the meaning of abbreviations for English language legal publications, from the British Isles, the Commonwealth and the United States, including those covering international and comparative law. A wide selection of major foreign language law publications is also included. Publications from over 295 jurisdictions are featured in the Index. The database mainly covers law reports and law periodicals but some other legal publications are also included."

Key Law Databases

Westlaw

Full-text subscription database of case law, law reviews, and news.

  • To find U.S. law review articles, choose All content > Secondary Sources > Law Reviews & Journals. Alternatively, from a results list, if available, choose Secondary Sources > Law Reviews & Journals.
  • To find U.S. cases, choose All content > Cases.
    • To find a particular case by its citation, use the search box in the basic search.
    • For more options, choose All content > Cases > Advanced Search.
  • To search the U.S. Code, choose Federal Materials > United States Code Annotated (USCA).
  • To search U.S. public laws, choose Federal Materials > Federal Proposed & Enacted Legislation > U.S. Public Laws.
  • To find other materials that cite a case, law, law review article, etc. that is displayed in the database, click on the "Citing References" tab and limit as needed.
  • To find international cases or law review articles, choose All content > International Materials.
  • Black's Law Dictionary is under All content > Secondary Sources and in the right column.

Help: "Campus Help Guide" [i.e. "Introduction to legal research on Westlaw Next"] is linked to at the bottom of every Westlaw webpage. Other guides, including Searching with Boolean Terms and Connectors are also available.


Nexis Uni

Full-text subscription database of federal and state cases, statutes, law review articles, news, and more.

  • Law review articles.
    • Choose: Advanced Search > Legal > Law Reviews and Journals > Law Reviews and Journals.
  • Cases.
    • Choose: Advanced Search > Legal > Cases > (choose jurisdiction).
  • Cases and law review articles that cite a case of interest. Begin by viewing the case of interest.
    • For citing cases, choose, at the right: either "Citing Decisions" or "Shepardize® this document".
    • For citing law review articles, choose, at the right: "Other Citing Sources", then narrow to "Law Reviews".
  • U.S. Code.
    • To find by citation, choose: Advanced Search > Legal > Statutes and Legislation > US Statutory Codes > Citation > [enter a citation to United States Code Service, e.g. 50 USCS 3002].
    • To search the U.S. Code, choose Advanced Search > Legal > Statutes and Legislation > US Statutory Codes > [search] > limit to Sources > USCS - United States Code Service - Titles 1 through 54.
    • To search the U.S. Code, choose: Menu > All Sources > Search Within Sources > "USCS - United States Code Service - Titles 1 through 54" > [drop down menu next to "USCS - United States Code Service - Titles 1 through 54"] > "Add source as a search filter".
  • United States Statutes at Large.
    • Choose: Menu > All Sources > Search Within Sources > United States Statutes at Large > [drop down menu next to United States Statutes at Large] > "Add source as a search filter".
    • Choose: Advanced Search > Legal > Statutes and Legislation > US Public Laws/ALS > [search] > limit to Jurisdiction > U.S. Federal and limit to Sources > United States Statutes at Large.

Help (at the top right of the search screen) or Top 10 Nexis Uni™ Features to Explore.


HeinOnline's Law Journal Library

From the "All Collections" drop-down (at the top left), choose "Law Journal Library". Coverage from the first issue of "more than 2300 law and law-related periodicals". Our strongest database for foreign law reviews.

Help: Training Guides, including Advanced Search Syntax.


Index to Legal Periodicals and books, 1982-
Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective, 1908-1981

International coverage and access to law reviews, scholarly articles, jurisdictional surveys, legislation, and more. Search on a citation to a case in the "Court Cases" field. Search on a citation to the U.S. Code using the form "8 U.S.C. 1158" in the "Statute" field. The "check availability" link connects to full-text in most cases.


JSTOR

An online archive of scholarly journals, including a number of respected law reviews. This can be an especially useful database to search when looking for law reviews for cases decided prior to 1982.

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