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Blue Book

A publication that establishes the correct form of case citations or of references to a legal authority showing where information can be found. A volume that explains the organization of a state government and provides the names of state officials. The proper title is "The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation." In a generic sense, this term also refers to a report issued by the Joint Committee on Taxation regarding recent tax legislation.

The Blue Book is published by the Harvard Law Review Association in conjunction with law review journals in Yale University, Columbia University, and the University of Pennsylvania. It has been the preeminent authority on proper citation form for more than 70 years.



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What's great about The Bluebook? The detail, for one.
Bluebook rule 1.2 on introductory signals explains what each signal means and should be tabbed for easy access.
(17) The idea to develop the Florida Style Manual came with the realization that The Bluebook did not specifically address Florida authorities and that citation of many state authorities, particularly those generated by the Florida Legislature, would be rendered almost meaningless if the conventional Bluebook citations forms were followed.
It supplements Rule 9.800 and The Bluebook. (19) The manual applies to all types of legal writing, from legal documents to scholarly works, and it notes where there are differing citation forms for each, with examples provided side by side.
There has been a lot of criticism of The Bluebook over the years, primarily that it constantly changes, is not user-friendly, and its rules are overly complex and difficult to apply.