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Political Science 418: Legal Research & Writing: Citing

Legal Citations

Use Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citations (dubbed "Bluebook" for the color of its cover). 21st ed. (2020) at the 2nd-floor Reference DESK (in-Library use only, leave an ID at the Desk while you have it), and 20th edition (2015) available in 3rd-floor Main Collection, KF245 .U53.

Georgetown Law Library's online Bluebook Guide is very helpful.

UWW's business librarian has created some video Bluebook tutorials.

Legal Citations (WI Supreme Court Rules)

Courts may designate an official reporter and require particular citation formats. See, for example, SCR 80.02 "Proper citation" in the Wisconsin Supreme Court Rules that requires a public domain format for citing cases since January 1, 2000.

APA Style

You must cite sources from which you quote or paraphrase in your research paper. For rules and examples of the APA citation style, look here:

Sometimes students will use online citation formatters provided free on the Web or within a library database. If you use one of these online formatters, remember that they are not foolproof. You will need to review your citations to make sure they are correct. UW-Whitewater's libraries have a guide that lists some of these citation formatters.

Bluebook - for legal citations

APA Style