Friday, February 22, 2008

The Bluebook Legal Citation Guide Now Available Online

Editors of The Yale Law Journal have announced that The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation is now available online. The Bluebook is a style guide for legal citation in the United States that is used by lawyers, scholars, judges, law students, paralegals, and others involved in the legal profession. A joint venture of The Yale Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, the Harvard Law Review, and the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, it is the best-selling law-related book in the world.
“The online format responds to requests from customers for a Bluebook that is easier to search, use, and teach,” said Justin Slaughter '08, Managing Editor of The Yale Law Journal. “The site includes tools that allow practitioners and students to share jurisdiction- or publication-specific citation rules. It provides full access to the visually impaired and will substantially increase the ease of access for lawyers, paralegals, law students, and others.”
Yale Law Journal staff played a critical role in creating the electronic edition of The Bluebook, which went live Feb. 15. Slaughter, Editor-in-Chief Dara E. Purvis '08, and Executive Editor John Hughes '08 worked with their counterparts at the other law reviews to lay the groundwork for the new site, and nearly all of the Journal’s student editors participated in editing the site.
"In addition to providing a better experience for Bluebook users, we're hopeful that the new format will allow us to update Bluebook rules more frequently," said Hughes. "Eventually, the online format will allow the Bluebook's citation rules to adjust quickly to citation issues raised by the growing importance of online legal research."

Currently in its eighteenth edition, The Bluebook was first compiled in 1926 by Erwin Griswold, a Harvard Law Review editor and later, dean of Harvard Law School. To access the online version of The Bluebook, visit
The Yale Law Journal is published eight times a year (monthly from October through June, excluding February) by The Yale Law Journal Company, Inc.