Library Tools for Bluebooking

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The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (19th ed. 2010), RESERVE KF245 .B58 2010 Several copies are on reserve.
Also available in an online subscription at A few citation tips appear on this site and are called Blue Tips

Deciphering Abbreviations

The Law Library Reference Section is on the first floor in the first stack. It is across from the student mail folders.dictionary of legal abbreviations

Mary Miles Prince, Prince’s Bieber Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations (6th ed. 2009), REFERENCE SECTION, KF246 .B46 2009 The front of the book alphabetically lists abbreviations and acronyms found in legal citations and provides the full name of the source, while the back of the book starts with the source and provides the abbreviation.

Igor I Kavass & Mary Miles Prince, World Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations (1991-), REFERENCE SECTION, K89 .K38 1991 (Looseleaf-latest update in our library is 2006) Deciphers legal abbreviations from dozens of countries around the world.

Acronym Finder Free online guide to the meaning of over one million abbreviations and acronyms.

GovSpeak: A Guide to U.S. Government Acronyms & Abbreviations Free online guide to the meaning of U.S. federal government acronyms and abbreviations.

Locating Sources

Library Catalog To see if the item is in our library, check the catalog. When searching, be sure to change the dropdown box to Law Library. If a title search doesn’t work, try it again as a Keyword search. Sometimes the title you are given may be slightly off.catalog worldcat

Worldcat If we don’t have it at Barry, try searching Worldcat. This will show you libraries close by that have the item. When searching for a journal article, remember that you will be searching for the name of the journal (not the title of the article) to see if the other library subscribes to the journal.

HeinOnline If you have the cite to a law journal article, look for it on Hein Online. This collection of articles from over 1800 law journals is just as good as having those books on the library shelves. Connect to HeinOnline from the Law Library Electronic Resources page

ProQuest offers several online services, providing full-text online to a wide variety of sources. Two ProQuest services that may be of particular interest are Legislative Insight and Environmental Science. The main purpose of Legislative Insight to provide federal legislative history resources. However, Legislative Insight includes a collection of CRS Reports. CRS stands for Congressional Research Service, a part of the Library of Congress that researches and writes reports intended to educate Congress members on a wide variety of policy issues. The information in these reports can be very useful to law journal authors, as well as useful for finding research resources. ProQuest Environmental Science is a collection of indexing and full-text for literature in the environmental science fields. It includes information from over 10,000 sources. Connect to ProQuest Environmental Science or ProQuest Legislative Insight from the Law Library Electronic Resources page

Indexes and Databases from Other Disciplines You may be looking for scholarly literature from disciplines other than law or you may seek general information sources, such as major newspaper articles. If you can’t locate what you need through one of the law school databases, you may be able to use a database provided by Barry University’s main library.

ILL formInterlibrary Loan (ILL) If you discover that you cannot locate what you need either online, in our library, or in a nearby library, we can help you locate the item and borrow it for you from a remote source. ILL forms are available at the Circulation Desk. Fill one out and give it to the Circulation Assistant, who will locate the items for you and let you know when they have arrived.

Correct Citation Form

Peter W. Martin, Introduction to Basic Legal Citation (2012) Online and available for free, this resource includes an in-depth discussion of how to cite according to The Bluebook. A companion wiki is also available for discussing particularly difficult citation challenges. See

Mary Miles Prince, Prince’s Dictionary of Legal Citations (8th ed. 2011), REFERENCE SECTION, KF246 .P73 2011 Alphabetically lists legal sources and provides their abbreviations and examples of how to cite them according to The Bluebook.

Linda J. Barris, Understanding and Mastering The Bluebook: A Guide for Students and Practitioners (2010), RESERVE, KF245 .B37 2010 Explains Bluebook citation in text form with examples.

Deborah E. Bouchoux, Cite-Checker: Your Guide to Using The Bluebook (2011), KF245 .B68 Text-based Bluebook citation guide with examples.

Alan L. Dworsky, User’s Guide to the Bluebook: Revised for the Nineteenth Edition (2010), RESERVE KF245 .D853 2010 A short guide to the most used citation format–meant for practitioners.

Larry L. Teply, Legal Writing Citation in a Nutshell (2008) RESERVE KF245 .T47 2008 Please note that this predates the current edition of The Bluebook. Can also be found online in our West Study Aids subscription


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