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Citing Legal Materials in Social Science Papers. Mary Whisner, Reference Librarian Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library University of Washington School of Law. APA Meets Bluebook. APA Style Manual Covers books, articles, reports, etc. For legal materials, App. D Gives examples

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Citing Legal Materials in Social Science Papers

Mary Whisner, Reference Librarian

Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library

University of Washington School of Law


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APA Meets Bluebook

APA Style Manual

  • Covers books, articles, reports, etc.

  • For legal materials, App. D

    • Gives examples

    • Refers to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation


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See It in Action

Psychology, Public Policy, and Law

  • Published by APA

  • Available on LexisNexis Academic


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Bluebook Intro.

  • Developed by law reviews for law reviews

  • Adapted for law practice (blue pages)

  • Complex code

  • Access points:

    • Inside cover

    • TOC

    • Index

  • Tables


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Basics of Legal Citation

  • Cases

  • Statutes


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Cases

  • Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966)

  • Name

  • Where to find it

  • Jurisdiction and year


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Cases

  • Andersen v. King County, 138 P.3d 963 (Wash. 2006)

  • With parallel citations: Andersen v. King County, 158 Wash. 2d 1, 138 P.3d 963 (2006)


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Cases – Pinpoint (Jump) Cites

“Marriage is the union of one man and one woman, and every Washington citizen has a constitutional right to enter into such a marriage.”

Andersen v. King County, 138 P.3d 963, 991 (Wash. 2006) (J.M. Johnson, J., concurring)



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Cases - History

  • Troxel v. Granville, 530 U.S. 57 (2000)

  • Troxel v. Granville, 530 U.S. 57 (2000), aff’g In re Custody of Smith, 969 P.2d 21 (Wash. 1998)

  • In re Custody of Smith, 969 P.2d 21 (Wash. 1998),aff’d, Troxel v. Granville, 530 U.S. 57 (2000)


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Cases - Unpublished

  • Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center v. Bureau of Land Mgmt., No. 07-6272-TC, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 46847 (D. Ore. 2008)

  • Red Oaks Condo. Owners Ass’n v. Am. States Ins. Co., No. 56591-5-I, 2007 Wash. App. LEXIS 2177 (2007)


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Statutes - Federal

Session laws (published chronologically)

Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, Pub. L. No. 103-03, 107 Stat. 6 (codified as amended at 29 U.S.C. §§ 2651-2654 )


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Statutes - Federal

Code (published in subject arrangement)29 U.S.C. §§ 2651-2654 (2000)


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Statutes - Washington

Session laws (published chronologically)

  • Layla’s Law, 2001 Wash. Sess. Laws 460

  • Growth Management Act, 1990 Wash. Sess. Laws 1972

  • (Most laws don’t have names.)


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Statutes - Washington

Code (published in subject arrangement)

  • Wash. Rev. Code § 4.28.080 (2008)

  • Wash Rev. Code §§ 9.94A.537-.540 (2008)


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* Washington Rules

Washington courts and lawyers use the Reporter of Decisions Style Sheet (link)

  • Laws of 1990, 1st Ex. Sess., ch.17

  • RCW § 4.28.080 (2008)







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Tools

Bluebook 101 (Gallagher Law Library guide)

Peter W. Martin, Introduction to Basic Legal Citation (Cornell guide)

Mary Miles Prince, Prince’s Dictionary of Legal Citations (7th ed. 2006) (thousands of examples of Bluebook citations)

Ask for help from your local law librarian


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Gallagher Law Library

University of Washington School of Law

Box 353025

Seattle WA 98195-3025

http://lib.law.washington.edu

  • We are happy to have our guides used by other libraries, librarians, and legal researchers.

  • Before copying or adapting one of our guides, please contact Cheryl Nyberg (cnyberg at u.washington.edu) to obtain permission. Then give appropriate attribution, such as: "Adapted from a guide by Mary Whisner at the Gallagher Law Library website." 


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