Help for legal researchers from the legal version of Citation
LegalCitation can help you organize information on all types of legal sources, help you locate proper abbreviations for reporters and legal publications - and write proper formatted Bluebook citations - automatically.
LegalCitation provides you with specially designed forms to help you enter information on just about any kind of legal source work: including cases, statutes, code, constitutional provisions, administrative documents, court documents, treaties, ALR annotations, ordinances, rules of ethics & procedure, law review articles, treatises, legal dictionaries & encyclopedias, websites . . .
Entering records in LegalCitation is much simpler than typing out citations in Bluebook style. A record in LegalCitation for a case, for instance, would look like this:
Notice how the fields provide a reminder for entering the different pieces of information that are needed for a citation of that particular source work.
And if you need help figuring out how to enter information for any of the types of authorities listed in the Bluebook or the ALWD styleguide - just use our LegalCitation Styleguide at: http://www.legalcitation.net/styleguide
If you need help locating an abbreviation for a court, reporter, administrative publication - or any type of regularly published legal resource, you can search our Abbreviation Archives at: http://www.legalcitation.net/abbreviations
Once the information is in LegalCitation, you can find all the authorities dealing with a particular issue quickly, and click to insert properly formatted legal citations in your documents.
Use the preview box to insert formatted citations into your word processing document:
Or enter keys in your word processing document, and have citation write all the citations at once!
Illustrations of the forms in LegalCitation:
Case Statutes and Code Administrative Pub.
These forms include a number of supplemental fields that will help you keep your research organized and at your fingertips:
Keywords - Use LegalCitation's list of standard legal keywords to help youorganize your research materials.
Reference - You can use the Reference field for a number of different purposes:
Ÿ Link to the full text of the case, statute, or other authority on the web.
Ÿ Enter links to documents on your computer or office intranet related to the authority.
Ÿ Enter a list of (or even links to) related authorities.
Ÿ For cases, you can enter the date the decision or rule was validated (shepardized or checked for currency).
Abstract - You can copy the standard summary for cases and decisions to this field - or you can enter a summary of the authorities significance for your research and particular field of expertise.
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