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Accuracy Check Resources: Home

This guide features information and resources to help law journal staff with cite-checking article drafts.

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Congratulations! You have been accepted as an editor on one of our esteemed law journals. This LibGuide provides information on which library services, legal databases, and relevant resources are available to journal staff. During your journal's orientation, we provide a library training session, which lasts approximately 30 minutes and covers a wide range of topics, including:

  • Basics (e.g., borrowing materials, interlibrary loans)
  • Library catalogs (Ohio State University Libraries Catalog, OhioLINK, WorldCat)
  • Access to legal databases (Bloomberg Law, Lexis+, Westlaw Edge)
  • Interdisciplinary databases (e.g., Academic Search Complete, JSTOR)

Legal Citation

The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation is the style manual for citing to legal documents within the United States. Now in its 21st edition, The Bluebook contains over 500 pages of guidance on legal citation, organized into 21 rules and 16 tables.

Because the content is so dense, The Bluebook can be difficult to use. For introductory guides on how to create law review citations using The Bluebook, see:

Note: Some of these materials may be based on earlier editions of The Bluebook. Make sure to double-check your citations using the 21st edition.

Additionally, the Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations is a useful database of legal citation abbreviations. Use it to understand an unfamiliar legal citation in order to more easily find a publication in the OSU Libraries Catalog or an online database.