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Borrowing Services Desk: (650) 723-2477
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This guide is intended to assist journal members with source pulling and cite checking. These tasks help ensure the cited sources actually support the author's assertions, and ensure citations properly conform to The Bluebook.
Whether you just joined a journal or serving your third year, you should find useful information in this guide. From definitions and processes, to specific tips and tricks, links to regularly updated procedures, and training materials, we've tried to cover many of the most commonly asked questions and vital resources.
This guide and the linked training materials are intended to help you succeed. If you aren't finding what you need - please ask. Reach out to the library's journal liaison Heather Joy at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact any reference librarian at email@example.com.
Above the line. The article text (as opposed to the footnote text)
Bluebook. A citation style manual available at the library and for purchase online
Bluebooking. Conforming a document, especially the citations, to the rules of the Bluebook
Cite checking. Confirming the cited source supports the author's claim
ILL. Interlibrary loan, the process by which the law library borrows books from other institutions
Reporter. A publication aggregating court opinions for a certain jurisdiction, geographic region, or subject
Source pulling. Gathering all the sources cited in the article footnotes
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