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2021-22 LLM Bluebook Training

Bluebook Training Checklist

The library's Bluebook training for LLM students consists of these seven steps. 

Bluebook Training Tasks: Watch Intro to the Bluebook Video, Read Bluebook Overview and FAQs, Watch Id and Supra Video, Attend Class 1, Watch Rule 18 Video, Read Citing an Online Newspaper, Attend Class 2

Access the videos and documents below.

To sign up for Bluebook training classes, visit https://libcal.law.harvard.edu/calendar/researchtraining.

Step 1: Watch Library Training Course Video #5

To begin your Bluebook training, please watch (or re-watch, if you have already seen it) the Introduction to the Bluebook video from the library training course.  The video is six minutes long. 

You will need the information in this video to complete the exercises during the upcoming Bluebook classes.

Step 2: Read "Bluebook Overview and FAQs"

Next, review our Bluebook Overview and FAQs.  Click the link below to access the document.

Step 3: Watch "Bluebook Quick Tip Video: Id and Supra"

Id and supra are used to refer users to sources that were cited earlier in your paper.  Mastering them is one of the most important aspects of Bluebook citation.  Please watch the quick video below before you attend any of the Bluebook classes, in order to get an idea of how they are used.

Step 4: Attend Bluebook Training Class #1

Class 1 will be taught in November 2021 and January 2022.  The PowerPoints and answer keys for the exercises will be provided to class participants after they attend, and posted here in late January 2022.

Step 5: Watch "Bluebook Quick Tip Video: Rule 18 (Online Sources)"

The Bluebook's Rule 18 has special instructions for citing online sources, including websites, blog posts, and other materials that are only available electronically and not in print.  Watch the short video below to see an example of how to cite an online source.

Step 6: Read "Citing an Online Newspaper Article"

It is rare that an LLM paper does not cite at least one online newspaper article. The MS word document below provides quick, illustrated instructions for citing this kind of source according to Bluebook rules.  It also provides another example of how id and supra work.

Step 7: Attend Bluebook Training Class #2

This class will focus on citing foreign and international law sources, including non-U.S. cases and statutes, as well as treaties and cases from international courts and tribunals.  Multiple sessions of this class will be offered in February and March 2022.  Attendees will receive the PowerPoint slides and exercise answer keys after they complete the class.  They will also be posted here in late March 2022.