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Legal Studies Program LibGuide

This guide collects information, websites, and library resources for completing assignments and preparing for a career as a paralegal.

Resources for Legal Citations

These course materials are  located in the Circ Desk Reserves Collection at Western Tech's Library and are available for us in the library.  Ask Library Staff to retrieve the manual you need!

Go to details pageThe Bluebook : A Uniform System of Citation, compiled by the editors of the Columbia Law Review, the Harvard Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal. The Bluebook sets the standard for citation styles in practitioners’ documents and legal publications.


More Legal Citation Information

  • Public Domain Citation System Effective January 1, 2000
    • The Wisconsin Supreme Court adopted a new format for citation of Supreme Court and published Court of Appeals decisions effective January 1, 2000. The new format consists of: 1) the parties' names, 2) year of decision, 3) the abbreviated name of the court issuing the decision, and 4) a sequential number assigned by the Clerk of Courts' office.
  • Introduction to Basic Legal Citation (Cornell Law School/Open Textbook Library)
  • The Indigo Book: A Manual of Legal Citation A free, Creative Commons-dedicated implementation of The Bluebook’s Uniform System of Citation. The Indigo Book was compiled by a team of students at the New York University School of Law, working under the direction of Professor Christopher Jon Sprigman. The Indigo Book isn’t the same as The Bluebook, but it does implement the same Uniform System of Citation that The Bluebook does.

Shepardizing Sources in NexisUni

Shepard's Reports or "Shepardizing" using Nexis Uni

You learned that it's important to double-check that your primary sources (legislative and case law - treaties, decisions of courts and tribunals, statutes, regulations) are still solid law. To do this you can use Nexis Uni to create a Shepard's Report for statutes and regulations. Nexis Uni uses Shepard's Signal Indicators to provide context about point of law on the Shepardize this document located to the right of the document.

Screenshot NexisUni - Shepardize this document

To learn more about Shepard's Reports or "Shepardizing"  link to the Shepardizing page of this LibGuide created by the librarians at Northcentral University Library.

Citation Cheat Sheet

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Downloadable quick study guide: citations for State Cases, Statutes, and Ordinances, along with Federal Statutes and Codes, and Constitutions, and Supreme Court cases.

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