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A research guide for those majoring in Economics or taking an Econ course.

Citing Legal Resources & Dictionaries

Basic Case Citation

The precise format of a case citation depends on a number of factors, including the jurisdiction, court, and type of case. You should review the rest of this section on citing cases (and the relevant rules in The Bluebook) before trying to format a case citation for the first time. However, the basic format of a case citation is as follows:

Diagram of citation for a specific case. The order is case name, volume number, reporter abbreviation, first page of case, "pinpoint," (court, decision year)

Note: In court documents (briefs, motions) and legal memoranda, a full case name is usually italicized or underlined. In academic legal writing (i.e., a law review article), full case names are generally not underlined or italicized.