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Understanding Citations to Cases, Statutory Codes & Legal Periodicals

Simple explanation of the elements of a legal citation.

Legal Periodical Citation Elements


There are several elements to a legal periodical citation. Consult Table T.13 of the Bluebook for abbreviations to legal periodicals.

  • Author
  • Title of the article
  • Volume
  • Abbreviation to legal periodical
  • Beginning page number of the article
  • Date

These elements are labeled in the example below:

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