With classes beginning this week at the law school, there is
one thing on everyone’s mind: the Bluebook! Especially for first year students,
the Bluebook can feel labyrinthian and intimidating. Luckily, members of the
UNC law community have access to many helpful resources for brushing up on
First, here are some helpful training programs that provide practice problems and guidance:
This extensive program includes lots of practice problems
for the Bluebook. It is accessible via your Lexis+ account.
LexisNexis Digital Library –
Workbook for The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation
This helpful workbook, based on the interactive citation
workstation, includes practice exercises as well as chapter-by-chapter
explanations.The LexisNexis Digital Library is accessible through the UNC Law Library "Legal Databases" page.
These exercises are available for New York, Texas, and
California jurisdictions only, but can still serve as good citation practice. It is accessible via your Westlaw account.
Cali Lessons –
Form for Briefs and Legal Memoranda
This lesson focuses specifically on proper citation forms
for briefs and legal memoranda rather than law review articles. Contact the reference desk for help setting up your Cali.org account.
Next, here are some general reference guides to the
The Bluebook –
This helpful (and free to access) page from the Bluebook’s
website gives examples of proper citations for cases, statutes, secondary
sources, and more.
Georgetown Law –
Georgetown’s Bluebook research guide provides contextual
information about the Bluebook, instructions for common citations, and video
Hopefully these resources are helpful at taming the
Bluebook. And remember, if you ever need help with a tricky citation or
research problem, the librarians at the reference
desk are here to help!
Posted by Andrew J. Wisniewsky on Tue. August 30, 2022 10:00 AM