Learning proper citation from the Bluebook can be complicated, but there are a variety of tools to help students and practicing attorneys get the correct cites into their documents quickly. Many of these tools can also help you with your research! They can save documents you find, suggest ways to expand your research, and provide tools to search for specific information in documents you already have.
First, choosing the right tool depends on the type of document you are trying to create. Academic writing for a law review or journal requires a different approach than writing a legal brief or memo. Choose a tab above to focus on the type of document you are trying to create. Select Research Tools to learn more about software and websites that help your organize cases or articles while you are writing.
Also, keep in mind that these tools come in different options; this will make a difference depending on what computer you are working on, whether you are going to work on multiple computers, and your internet connection.
|Browser Add-ons||Web Applications||Software|
|Collect Data from research websites like Google Scholar, Westlaw, or Lexis||Allow users to aggregate research from a variety of sources||Stands alone or works with your word processor to organize your writing|
|Zotero, CiteGenie, CiteStack||Refworks, Google Drive, Mendeley, Dropbox, Citeus Legalus||EndNote, Correctcite, Lexis for Microsoft Office|
A website can only create a citation "automatically" if there is metadata associated with the document. Think of metadata as the hidden card catalog of every website; it is how the site can find a document when you search for it and how it can create a citation based on a set of rules.
The FSU libraries use metadata to locate a book when you search on the website:
When you select a book from the library catalog, it takes you an entry that contains all the pertinent information about the resource. There are two links at the top tool bar that let you CITE or EXPORT the document.
If you select "Cite This," the library uses an online tool called WorldCat to provide a variety of citation styles. One is called "Harvard (18th ed.)" and is meant to recreate the Bluebook 18th edition style. Do you notice anything incorrect about the cite provided?
We use Bluebook 19th edition, so the correct citation should look like this for academic writing:
And like this for legal writing:
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