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Paralegal: Legal Writing and Citing

Legal Writing

See library materials, handbooks, and guides on legal writing.



Online Legal Citation Guide

Cornell University's Law School provides an excellent free, online guide to all aspects of legal citation, from common legal abbreviations to the most recent changes to the BlueBook. 

Overview of Legal Citations

Citing primary legal sources and authorities such as court opinions, statutes, regulations, constitutions, and contracts are central for anyone doing legal writing. Law in the U.S. is based on the concept of precedent, and so special systems of citing sources on which precedent has been based are very important and strictly followed in the legal profession. The most common citation system is known as the BlueBook.

Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation




APA Citation Format

You may be required to write a research paper in your paralegal coursework. APA format is most often used in legal studies. Here are some helpful resources on following APA guidelines.

Online Guide

APA Guide from OWL at Purdue University


Find even more information in the

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association 
Call Number: BF76.7 .P83 2010
ISBN: 9781433805615
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