20th Edition of the Bluebook

BluebookThe Brooklyn Law School Library is adding ten copies of the newly released 20th edition of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (Call #KF245 .B58) to the Reserve Collection at the Circulation Desk as well as a copy to the Reference Collection at the Reference Desk.

There are changes in content but now the numbering of the rules in the Bluepages (non-academic citation) parallels the numbering in the Whitepages (academic citation). Typeface rules were relaxed to permit use of large and small caps in court documents for stylistic purposes. Rule 14 includes more examples of citations for a wide variety of administrative materials. Rule 15 adds a citation format for e-books. Rule 18 was revised and is much clearer. It no longer distinguishes between direct and parallel citations to Internet sources, and no longer requires that the URL be preceded by “available at.”

The new edition of the Bluebook recognizes Perma.cc as a reliable tool for preserving internet sources.Rule 18.1 provides the Basic Citation Forms for Internet Sources table on page 178 and gives the following example for citing to archived sources:

Rule 18.1 Basic Citation Forms for Internet Sources table on page 178:

  • Rocio Gonzalez, Puerto Rico’s Status Debate Continues as Island Marks 61 Years as a Commonwealth, HUFFINGTON POST (July 25, 2013, 9:00 AM), http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/25/puerto-rico-status-debate_n_3651755.html [http://perma.cc/C6UP-96HN].

The Bluebook includes a new rule: 18.2.1(d), which states:

Archiving of Internet sources is encouraged, but only when a reliable archival tool is available. For citations to Internet sources, append the archive URL to the full citation in brackets.

  • Letter from Rose M. Oswald Poels, President/CEO, Wis. Bankers Ass’n, to Elizabeth M. Murphy, Sec’y, SEC (Sept. 17, 2013), http://www.sec.gov/comments/s7-03-13/s70313-178.pdf [http://perma.cc/B7Z7D9DJ].