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From Citation to Full Text. Ann Hemmens Gallagher Law Library April 19, 2004. Quick & Easy. Westlaw “Find” Lexis “Get A Document”. Quick & Easy…. Free websites www.legalwa.org (WA cases, statutes, regs) www.courts.wa.gov (WA Court Rules)

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From citation to full text

From Citation to Full Text

Ann Hemmens

Gallagher Law Library

April 19, 2004


Quick easy
Quick & Easy

  • Westlaw “Find”

  • Lexis “Get A Document”


Quick easy1
Quick & Easy…..

  • Free websites

    • www.legalwa.org (WA cases, statutes, regs)

    • www.courts.wa.gov (WA Court Rules)

    • http://thomas.loc.gov (Federal bills & Public Laws)

    • www.gpoaccess.gov (Code of Federal Regulations)


Mysterious citations
Mysterious Citations

  • Bieber's Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations. [Gallagher catalog link]

  • Bieber's Dictionary of Legal Citations.  [Gallagher catalog link]

  • The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation. Blue pages  [Gallagher catalog link]


Mysterious citations1
Mysterious Citations..…

  • Gallagher legal research guides

    • Acronyms and Abbreviations (adapted from Washington Legal Researcher's Deskbook 3d). 

    • Bluebook Abbreviations of Law Review Titles.

    • U.S. Government: Commonly Used Abbreviations and Acronyms (reproduced from the U.S. Government Manual).


Popular names of laws
Popular Names of Laws

  • Shepard’s Acts and Cases by Popular Name (KF90 .S52 at Reference Office).

  • WA laws

    • Tables in RCW and RCWA

  • US laws

    • Tables in USC, USCS and USCS


Popular names of laws1
Popular Names of Laws….

  • Run a search in law review database on Westlaw (JLR) or Lexis.

  • US Code of Popular Names from Cornell

    • http://www4.law.cornell.edu/uscode/topn/


Citation tips
Citation Tips

  • The Bluebook blue pages

    • names & citations for reporters and codes of all states and some foreign jurisdictions.

  • WA Courts Style Sheet, http://www.courts.wa.gov/

    • Additions and exceptions to Bluebook

  • Need sample?

    • Search law review article database.

    • Bieber’s Dictionary of Legal Citations


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