Answered By: Bethany Marston, Learning Services Coordinator
Last Updated: Apr 19, 2019     Views: 564

Paralegal course assignments require legal resources to be cited using Bluebook guidelines.  The Indigo Book is what students should use for help using The Bluebook's Uniform System of Citation.

Students have access to the free Indigo Book on the School of Justice Studies Guide. 


Need help?

1. Refer to the Bluebook tab in the School of Justice Studies Guide.

2. Make an appointment with a tutor using Tutor Match. Select Paralegal in the School drop down and then pick Bluebook

3. Consult Cornell Law School's LII website for guidance in creating legal citations for a variety of legal resources (see below).


Cornell University Law School's Legal Information Institute (LII)

"Introduction to Basic Legal Citation" by Peter W. Martin provides examples and explanations of citations for a variety of legal resources.

Follow these instructions to find examples of legal citations for state statutes and Constitutions:

1. Link to the LII Basic Legal Citation page at

2. Click on the link "Examples--Citations of" on the left side of the page.

Examples of citations tab

3. Next, click on the link "Constitutions & Statutes" on the left side of the page.

Constitutions and statutes tab

4. Scroll down to the section "State Statute Citation" and click on the state of interest.

State statute citations selection

5. View examples of legal citations for state statutes and Constitutions.

  • If you are trying to cite a state statute in APA style, please consult the Legal Materials page in the APA Guide. If you are unsure if you should use APA style or Bluebook, please consult your assignment instructions or ask your instructor.


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