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Bluebook Citations: Bluebook Patterns

Guide to basic legal citations to the 20th ed. of The Bluebook.

Patterns in Table 1

Citations are to the 20th edition of The Bluebook, A Uniform System of Citation.

Table 1, Jurisdictions, Parentheticals for Codes

In Bluebook parentheticals the term LexisNexis is different from LEXIS or Lexis Advance.  LexisNexis always refers to a print publication while the other two are electronic.  LEXIS means lexis.com or traditional LEXIS.  Lexis Advance is the current incarnation of lexis.com. 

Similarly, when you see West in a parenthetical it always means a print publication.  Westlaw means traditional Westlaw.com and Westlaw is the current product.  (Westlaw will disappear in July of this year.)

Example from T1, Hawaii:

Table 1 shows you how to format a citation to the administrative compilation.  But the citation shown, like many of the formats shown in Table 1, is to the print publication.  Therefore, it is a pattern to follow.  You have to change the parenthetical to reflect the resource you actually used just in case there is a difference.  So the possible parentheticals are

Haw. Code R. § 12-46-306 (LexisNexis <year in print pub.>);
Haw. Code R. § 12-46-306 (Lexis Advance <year at the top of the document on Lexis Advance>).
Haw. Code R. § 12-46-306 (Westlaw <year from currentness statement linked at the top of the document on Westlaw>).