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Journal Cite Checking Guide: Getting Started

GUIDE OUTLINE

Getting Started
     Tips for Success
     Ask a Librarian
     InterLibrary Loan (ILL)
     What do I do if I have a bad citation?

Locating Resources
     Books
     Journal Articles
     Newspaper Articles
     Federal Statutes and Session Laws
     Federal Legislative Materials
     Federal Regulations
     Federal Cases and Court Documents
     Arizona Statutes and Regulations
     Arizona Cases and Court Documents

Legal Citation (Bluebook)
     What is the Bluebook?
     Understanding Bluebook Citations
     Books
     Journal Articles

ASK A LIBRARIAN

In Person
The Law Library's reference librarians are here to help you find or navigate research resources. The Reference Desk is located on the 3rd floor of the Beus Center for Law and Society.

Reference Hours
Monday – Friday          9:00 am - 4:00 pm

By Email
Use our email reference service to ask any question you might ask at the Law Library. Replies are usually sent within 24 hours.

By Phone
Please call us at (480) 965-7161

Law Students
You can Make an Appointment with a Librarian for one-on-one research assistance. Include a description of your topic and times you are available to meet.  A librarian will contact you to set up an appointment. 

TIPS FOR SUCCESS

  • Ask for assistance early and often from the Reference Librarians via email, phone, 480-965-7161, or in person at the Reference Desk. You can also Make an Appointment with a librarian.
     
  • Lexis Advance and Westlaw are not the best sources for cite-checking because they rarely provide documents in PDF format.
     
  • Use this librarian’s trick if you think there is something wrong with the citation: using the citation information that you have, run a search in the Westlaw or Lexis Advance law reviews database to find another article that has already cited to your source. 
     
  • Bieber's Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations and Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations can be used to decipher uncommon or difficult citations. 
     
  • If you can't find a website, blog or other online source cited by the author, try using the Wayback Machine. The Wayback Machine is a digital archive of publicly available web pages.

INTERLIBRARY LOAN

If a resource you need is not available through the Law or ASU libraries, we can request it from another library via interlibrary loan (ILL).

When placing ILL requests for a cite check, please be aware of the following:

  • Scans are usually received much faster than loans.  If only specific pages are needed, or you just need to verify the author and publication date, place a scan request instead.
  • We make every effort to obtain requested material as quickly as we can, but we do not place rush requests except in extraordinary circumstances.
  • Please coordinate with your editor to avoid multiple requests for the same material.
  • Books requested through ILL cannot be transferred to another student’s library account and must be picked up and checked out by the person who placed the request.

To place an ILL request, use the Request External Copy link through the library catalog or fill out the ILL Request Form.

Please see our Interlibrary Loan page for more details.  For questions, please contact Carrie Henteleff, 480-965-7114.

WHAT DO I DO IF I HAVE A BAD CITATION?

If you have an article citation that is missing certain pieces of information (e.g., an article citation without a volume number and the year of publication) or if it appears your citation has incorrect information, you can try to do some detective work to obtain a better citation. Both Google Books and Google Scholar. and law journal databases/sources on LexisNexis and Westlaw can be useful tools in these situations. Use as your search terms the keywords from the citation that you believe to be accurate to see if you can either pull up the article directly or find a source that has accurately cited that article.

You can also try using one or more of ASU Library's Research Databases to see if you can obtain a better citation. Some of the periodical databases accessible from these sites provide full-text coverage in PDF for all articles included in the databases, while others only provide citations or a mix of citations and full text (in PDF and/or non-PDF).

Remember to Ask a Librarian. We love to find hard to find sources.