Bluebook Goes Online

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The Editors of the Columbia Law Review announce the launch of an online version of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation. As the standard system of American legal citation, The Bluebook is the best selling law-related book in the world.

“It has been fantastic to contribute to the development of this new project throughout the past year,” said Karin Portlock, the outgoing Editor-in-Chief of the Columbia Law Review. “In particular, we hope that the new online version of The Bluebook becomes a widely used resource for the legal community.”

Now in its eighteenth edition, The Bluebook was first compiled in 1926 by Erwin Griswold, then an editor of the Harvard Law Review, and later Dean of Harvard Law School. The Bluebook is published by the Columbia Law Review as a wholly student-run joint project of the Columbia Law Review, Harvard Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review and The Yale Law Journal.

The new online format, launched February 15, responds to longstanding requests for a fully-featured electronic edition of The Bluebook that is easier to search, use and teach. It allows practitioners and students with jurisdiction-specific or publication-specific citation rules to integrate these into their group, and makes an essential tool of legal writing fully accessible to the visually impaired. In addition, the online version is designed to respond to the developing needs of the legal community by addressing a wide array of evolving foreign, international, administrative, and electronic materials much more fully than is possible in the print version.

For more information about The Bluebook, please visit the newly launched website at

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