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Use T10 (Geographical Terms) and T13 to create a Bluebook abbreviation.
For example, the fictional "Philadelphia Journal of Law and Order" would be abbreviated:
Philadelphia → Phila. (T10.1 U.S. states, cities and territories)
Journal → J.
of → (omitted, see explanation at beginning of T13 on p. 510)
Law → L.
and → &
Order → Ord.
(Spacing follows R6.1. No space between L. and J.)
Phila. J.L. & Ord.
Not all periodical citations are citations to articles written by professors and published in consecutively paginated law journals.
Here's a cheat sheet for the Bluepages and Whitepages rules for citations to different periodicals:
The periodical citation rules, the rules for journals, magazines, and newspaper articles, start at B16 on page 23 of your Bluebook. You will find that the bluepages rules for these sources are fairly skeletal and mostly refer to the applicable whitepages rules.
Remember, if you are citing sources for non-academic legal writing, you should follow the typeface conventions in the bluepages, even if you are applying a whitepages rule. For more, see B1 or the "Bluepages" page of this guide.
First, let's assume that you are citing a law journal. The first thing to note is that most law journals are what the Bluebook calls "consecutively paginated journals." Hence, you will follow B16.1.1 to create a full citation to an article in such a journal. (As noted above, B16.1.1 provides very little guidance and points you to R16.)
created from this:
39 JLEGST 469
A full citation to a consecutively paginated journal has seven elements:
When can you use a short form? Once you've given a full citation to a work from a periodical, you can use a short form in subsequent citations.
Two basic short forms for periodicals:
Remember: The above example are for short form citations in court documents and legal memoranda. For those in law review text and footnotes, see R16.9. For Id. and Supra in footnotes, see R 4.1 and R 4.2, respectively.