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Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation Spiral-bound – May 20 2010

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  • Spiral-bound: 511 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Law Review Assn; 19th edition (May 20 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615361161
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615361161
  • Product Dimensions: 20.5 x 15.9 x 3.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #44,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation

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I am taking an online law program and this is an extremely helpful book to just read through to get a sense of legal citation style for examinations.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
The horror, the horror... Aug. 8 2014
By Vick - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
What can you really say about the bluebook? It's a travesty, a curse upon all mankind. As if tuition for law school isn't egregious enough, the entire field seems to believe that students are in further need of punishment. MLA? Too easy. Chicago? Too clean. these students need to really hate themselves. Enter, the Bluebook, an absurdly archaic and unwieldy citation system. Worst of all, it continues to grow like a malignant tumor on the minds of poor law students.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Hard to navigate and does not answer ALL citation Qs Dec 2 2012
By sirtoil - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound Verified Purchase
This book is hard to navigate and does not answer ALL citation questions that a new 1L may have. I do not get how this became the guiding authority on citation; it is awful!! I must assume that this book is a way for 3Ls to "haze" 1Ls by making them learn it and try to figure out where to go to get the necessary information. I get that law school is hard, but this book could be better organized by a blind chimpanzee.
67 of 89 people found the following review helpful
Worthless except as a Cash Cow Aug. 24 2010
By K. - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound
Words cannot describe how much I hate this book. It is a necessary evil that really exists only to raise money for Harvard Law.
246 of 340 people found the following review helpful
Blatant False Advertising! July 14 2010
By Evan612 - Published on
Format: Spiral-bound
While those hoitee-toitee Harvard kids claim to be selling you a bluebook, most of the pages are white! And last time I checked, a "book" has a spine, not this spiral-bound mess they try to pass off as "literature." I suppose actually that this is to the reader's advantage, as no doubt in fits of rage it is much easier to rip pages out of a flimsy spiral-bound book than your typical hardcover. But...enough about aesthetics. Let's get to the details!

The plot is quite contrived and character development is stagnant at best, regressive at worst. Apparently, the authors think we'll automatically care for the protagonist, "Statute." Well, newsflash, Harvard Law Review, we don't! What kind of home does he come from? What are his hobbies? Does he have a girlfriend? All of these answers are conspicuously absent. Personally (and I don't pretend to be an author of any kind), I would have made "Periodicals" the main character, instead of just a on-again off-again third wheel. And he'd have an drinking problem. Also, it doesn't take a genius to realize that for something to be successful nowadays, it needs vampires! What, are law students too busy to enjoy a movie once in a while? There could even be "Team Periodicals" versus "Team Statutes." Think outside the box, Harvard Law Review. Seriously.

Finally, you would think a book centered on law would know a thing or two about copyright infringement! Like many of you here, I bet you surprised to see a book centering on law rather than on how much your automobile is worth, right? Me too! Apparently, that's a different Bluebook! What, Harvard, was "Magentabook" already taken? What's your newspaper called? The Times of London?! I wanted to know the value of my '96 Honda Accord, not whether to italicize or small-caps the title to a treatise on income tax! So again, if you're looking for the REAL Bluebook, ask your mechanic!

So, you ask, why after all the harsh criticisms above do I still give it two stars? Great question. First (and for one star), I believe any book that goes through 19 freakin' editions must have gotten something right by now. For that second star, those devilish Harvard Law Review kids managed to sneak in "Harvard is for hotties; Yale is for eunichs" on pg. 213 without the publishers noticing. I guess the Harvard Lampoon is rubbing off on those law school stiffs.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
What can you do? Sept. 15 2011
By ES - Published on
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It's arcane and it's not easy to work with. It doesn't have all of the little conveniences that the ALWD Citation Manual has but it's the only (somewhat) comprehensive citation manual that is (almost) universally deferred to.

If I had a choice, I would still be using ALWD, but to my knowledge, all Law Review publications in the U.S. require BB form citations.

That said, you probably don't have a choice either. Enjoy.