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Citation Patterns

U.S. Court System Resources in LexisNexis
- Decisions
- Briefs
- Shepards

Legal & Political Science Journal Indexes

Finding Books (and Journal Titles) Using the Online Catalog

International Court Sources

PS 335: Introduction to International Law

Course Instructor: Dan Figgins
Librarian: Jennifer Garrett

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 #     source     page/section (date)

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.


Librarian Contact Information

  • Jennifer Garrett, Research Librarian for Management, Education and Social Sciences
  • 513-0536