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Guide to Resources in Legal Studies

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Citing Legal Sources


Although the guide above may look daunting, there is actually a "quick guide" within it on the left side of the opening page. Pay particular attention to:

HOW TO CITE – Electronic Resources

EXAMPLES - CITATIONS OF - Judicial opinions or Constitutions and Statutes or Agency and Executive material (regulations).


When citing electronic sources, it is usually not necessary to make specific reference to an electronic resource in the legal field.  The guide above states, in part,

"... So long as you are able to furnish all the citation information called for by § 2-200, there is no need to indicate whether you relied on any one of numerous online sources or a CD-ROM instead of one of the several print editions for the text of a U.S. Supreme Court decision. Similarly, your citations to provisions of the U.S. Code or a comparable compilation of state statutes need not indicate whether you accessed them in print or from an electronic source, nor need you indicate that you accessed an article in a widely distributed law journal on LexisNexis, Westlaw or some other Internet site. Citations making specific reference to an electronic source are necessary only when the cited material is not widely available from multiple sources and when identifying the electronic source is likely significantly to aid readers' access to it."