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1L Resources, Tips and Tools: Legal Citations

This guide describes print and digital resources to help 1Ls succeed at Brooklyn Law School. (Karen Schneiderman originally created this guide and Kathleen Darvil updated it.)

Citation Management Software

Citation Management products allow users to organize and retrieve information on books, articles, and websites by interfacing with library databases, then works with a word processing software to insert formatted footnotes and citations into a paper and create a bibliography.

Some that you may want to consider are:

NOTE: Only a handful of products offer legal citation management and none are fail-safe

Lexis Interactive Citation Workstation


This Workstation will help you learn the citation rules you will use most frequently when you clerk for a law firm or a court and, later, practice law. You can choose to do exercises to practice either The Bluebook or ALWD citation rules. To access the ICW, sign on to Lexis Advance and use the drop down menu on the top left corner of the screen to select Interactive Citation Workstation. The very first time you enter the ICW you will be asked to assign your instructors.  You can then select the appropriate faculty member by typing in their name.  You may repeat quizzes for practice.

Citation Manuals and Guides

The Bluebook is the standard citation manual used in the the majority of Brooklyn Law School classes. It is recommended that all students buy the most recent edition of the Bluebook (19th) or subscribe to the online version. The Library has a variety of other citation manuals available on Reserve and at the Reference Desk for occasions where students may need to use alternative citation formats.


Citation Form for Briefs and Legal Memoranda: This exercise is to help users learn the rules of proper citation form for briefs and legal memoranda, revised to reflect the 19th edition of The Bluebook. CALI login required.


Online Citation Resources

Introduction to Basic Legal Citation (LII 2012 ed.) : Great online summary with examples.

Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations: Web-based service allows you to search for the meaning of abbreviations for English language legal publications.