PS 335: Introduction to International Law
Course Instructor: Dan Figgins
Standard Citation Pattern
Courts render decisions in cases brought before them. These decisions are compiled into books (called "Reporters") and designated with a standard method of citation:
Volume and page are straight-forward. You'll learn what the frequently encountered abbreviations stand for pretty quickly. Some are obvious, like "U.S." for the U.S. Reports, the official reporter for the U.S. Supreme Court. But others aren't always immediately obvious.
This Abbreviation Archives source lets you type in an abbreviation and see a list of courts and journal titles that contain the letters you've found and need to decipher.
The same citation shorthand is used to identify legal journal references.
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