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Paper Topic Development: International: Source-checking Guides

Tools to identify articles, books, treaties, UN documents, jurisprudence and other sources to support an international law paper.

Source-checking Guides

The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation  (Print copies of 21st ed. are on Reserve, KF 245 B58.  BLS Library does not have electronic copies available to loan.)

NEW: Table 2: Foreign Jurisdictions (provides citation format/recommends sources for foreign legal materials) is now publicly accessible online.

SUGGESTION: Acquire The Bluebook Online (includes Blue Tips, in which editors respond to questions about legal citation, and Bluebook Updates).     

TIP: Rule 21.4 = treaty rule in 21st ed. of The Bluebook.  See also the BLS Treaty Research Guide.  

Source-checking tip to aid in creating cites to scholarly legal articles:

After you retrieve a specific article in HeinOnline's Law Journal Library, click: Cite (to view a sample Bluebook citation to the article)

If The Bluebook does not contain an entry for a source, try searching:

Guide to Foreign and International Legal Citations (1 Ref., K 89 .G85 2009)

International Citator and Research Guide: The Greenbook (Reserve, K 89 .S54 2018)

UCIA: Universal Citation in International Arbitration (2018), published by Global Arbitration Review, is available to purchase.

Foreign law research guides that highlight key sources of law also are useful:

GlobaLex foreign law research guides published by Hauser Global Law School Program, New York University School of Law

Foreign Law Guide (General Editor: Marci Hoffman)

In this BLS subscription database, country entries will provide titles of (and sometimes links to) key sources of law.

(Access subscription Foreign Law Guide on campus, in BLS housing, and elsewhere off campus if one has implemented the proxy server instructions.  This database supports a limited number of simultaneous users.)