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LS 5370: Advanced Legal Research & Writing: Citations

Writing & Citation Style Guides

Texas State University librarians have created a guide compiling guides regarding different citation styles.


Citation Management

The University Libraries provide access to the EndNote citation management tool. 

Find more about citation management tools on this guide:


Understanding a Journal Citation

You'll see something like this:

It's important to know the parts of a citation so you can interpret it correctly. You must have at least the Journal name, volume, issue, and page number to be able to locate the article.

Legal Citations and Abbreviations



The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, currently in its 20th edition, is the primary citation manual for American legal documents and publications. Utilized by both law students and practitioners, The Bluebook outlines a uniform system of citation that allows readers to easily locate cited authorities.

Link below is to print holdings in our libraries.  This book is not available for sale to libraries in electronic format. 


Print Style Manuals in the Library

Print copies of the APA, MLA, and Turabian style manuals are kept at the 2nd floor Ask Us Desk

You can also search the Library Catalog for available copies to check out.

Getting more help...

If you have specific questions about citing your sources, writing tips, or help with editing, you can go to the following places on campus for more assistance.

Student Learning Assistance Center (SLAC)

Get in-person tutoring at the Student Learning Assistance Center, or SLAC, located on the 4th floor of Alkek Library. Check the website for hours and availability.

SLAC also maintains good handout page for quick reference.

Texas State University Writing Center

The Writing Center is located on the first floor of ASB North. You can get help with all types of writing, including papers, essays, and resumes.

The Writing Center offers in-person and online tutoring (check their website for more information). 

Round Rock patrons can seek assistance from the Round Rock Writing Center.