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Accuracy Check Resources: Home

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

COVID-19 Update

Following the university's coronavirus (COVID-19) guidelines, the Moritz Law Library has changed certain protocols. Visit our COVID-19 Library Updates LibGuide to learn more about the library's response. 

NOTE: Students are currently prohibited from browsing the shelves and should instead request to borrow print materials held at the Law Library by using the OSU Libraries Catalog or should request PDF scans of shorter materials by using ILLiad's Article Express

Contact The Reference Desk

    Visit us: 247 Drinko Hall (2nd Floor)
    Hours: Mon-Fri, 10:00a-4:00p
    Call us: 614-292-9463
    Email us: lawlibref@osu.edu
    Chat with us: Ask A Librarian

NOTE: Currently the Reference Desk is remotely staffed.

Contact A Specific Librarian

    Find us: Library Staff Directory

Introduction

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)

Some of these topics reflect recent changes in library resources and policies given the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.