(Heart)Breaking News: 19th ed. of Bluebook Now Available!

Author: Susan Good

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water you’d mastered the 18th ed., a new edition is published to confound you to address and clarify issues raised since the publication of the previous edition in 2005.

At almost 100 pages longer than the 18th ed., the new 19th ed. features a sturdier construction and reinforced spine which increases the odds that it will survive your inevitable decision to hurl it across the room in frustration which make it both practical and attractive. Those 100 new pages (combined with a complete overhaul of the 18th ed.) contain many fun and exciting changes which will make you weep thrill you for hours on end.

Here are some brief highlights from the preface to the 19th ed.1


Parenthetical Paralysis Preempted, Rule 1.5(b): now provides comprehensive guidance on the order of multiple parentheticals in a single citation.

Unambiguous Redundancy Reduced, Rule 10.4(b): now allows omission of jurisdiction and court abbreviation of state courts.

CRS Clearly Cited, Rule 13.4(d): now establishes specific citation formats for Congressional Research Services and Government Accountability Office Reports.

Internet Identifiers Included, Rule 18: has changed considerably, primarily to allow increased citation to Internet sources.

Tabular Templates Turned-over, Tables 1 -16: all of the tables have been revised and updated.

Learn about these (and many many many other) modifications to the Bluebook today! If you subscribe to The Bluebook Online, you can access both the 18th and 19th eds. from your computer. Otherwise, buy your new edition from an online retailer, at Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore, or check out a reserve copy at the circulation desk. What are you waiting for? Hours of revisions await unless you beg your editor not to adopt the new rules until after your article has been published Hours of stimulating reading, reflection, and application await!

-Chris O’Byrne

1. The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation VII-VIII (Columbia Law Review Ass’n et al. eds., 19th ed. 2010).