History of the Bluebook

Curious about the history of the Bluebook?  A new article titled The Secret History of the Bluebook traces the founding and subsequent development of this citation manual.  While the finalized version of this article will not be published until 2016 in the Minnesota Law Review, an advanced copy of it is available at: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2697068##.

Writing a paper and looking for citation help?  Check out our Using the Bluebook research guide, and feel free to contact a reference librarian!




Print Resources Discussed in the Research Classes

Curious about finding resources in print?

As mentioned in our research classes, the Bluebook often requires one to cite to print copies of a resource.  If you are interested in finding some of the materials that we discussed in class in print, search in the following locations:

  • The Massachusetts Practice Series (Mass Practice) is located on the second floor of the Libraries at call number KFM2480 .M3.
  • The Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) books are also located in the Massachusetts Collection on the third floor of the Libraries.  Although these books have different call numbers depending on their titles, they are generally shelved directly after the Mass Practice Series.
  • American Jurisprudence 2d (AmJur) is located in the Reference Collection at call number KF154 .A45.
  • American Law Reports (ALR) may be found near the Tax Library on the second floor of the Libraries.
  • Generally, state statutes may also be found on the second floor of the Libraries, where they are organized alphabetically by state.  The only exception are the statutes of Massachusetts, which are located in the Massachusetts Collection on the third floor.
  • The United States Code (U.S.C.), the United States Code Annotated (U.S.C.A.), and the United States Code Service (U.S.C.S.) may each be found on the third floor of the Libraries.
  • Lastly, regional reporters, such as the Pacific Reporter, may also be found on the second and the third floors of the Libraries.

The following maps may also be useful when you are searching for these materials:

Library Maps


Interactive Citation Workstation

Want to practice using the Bluebook?  Let’s face it, none of us want to practice bluebooking, but alot of us need to practice.  Lexis has a great interactive workbook that allows you to practice.  It explains why certain answers are wrong or right.  The one drawback is it doesn’t do underlining (as per case names in the blue pages) – not sure why.  But otherwise it gives you the opportunity to practice.


Carry the Bluebook in Your Pocket!

I know some of you cannot stand to be parted from your beloved Bluebooks.  Your suffering can now come to an end because there’s a Bluebook app (for iPhone and iPad), which can be downloaded through rulebook.  For just $39.99, you and the Bluebook never have to be apart.  Some of the features of this app include the ability to bookmark rules and keep multiple rules open at the same time to flip back and forth (which could be helpful when combining Rule 18 with the underlying source rule to create the appropriate Internet citation).  Hat tip to the University of Wisconsin Law Library.