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Researching a Law School Seminar Paper or Law Review Note: Organization and Citation

Databases and resources for law students researching a seminar paper or law review note.

The Bluebook

The Bluebook is the standard citation format for nearly all law reviews and journals. It is compiled and maintained as a joint collaboration among the Columbia Law Review, the Harvard Law Review Association, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal. The most recent edition, the 20th, was released in 2015.

Mastering the Bluebook takes time and practice, but there are additional resources available to help you navigate it.

For more Bluebook citation style guidance, check out the following guides from other libraries!

If you have been asked to use a different citation style, reach out to the library. We can direct you to some useful resources, depending on the format. Another good place to start? The Purdue OWL website. 

Citation Management

Citation management software (or bibliographic management software) allows you to create your own personal library of references to books, articles and documents. References can include citation information (author, title, publisher, etc.) as well as annotations, graphics, and even copies of the documents themselves.

The main library has a very useful guide, providing information on EndNote, EndNote Online, Mendeley and Zotero. 

Other resources that lawyers have found useful include PowerNotes, Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg folders, and Evernote.