Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Harvard Publishes Online Bluebook

For my fellow law students:
The Harvard Law Review has launched an online version of The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation. From the press release:

The citation guide for American law, The Bluebook is a tool of the daily practice of law, and it is used by everyone involved in legal practice, including paralegals and attorneys, professors, and students. ...

The Bluebook Online will enable faster and easier access to citation material for everyone – no matter where they are located or what citation questions they may have.” The new online format responds to longstanding requests for a fully-featured electronic edition of The Bluebook that is easier to search, use, and teach. It allows practitioners and students with jurisdiction-specific or publication-specific citation rules to integrate those rules with those of the bluebook, and it makes an essential tool of legal writing fully accessible to the visually impaired. The online version is also designed to address a wide array of foreign, international, and administrative material much more fully than is possible in a portable printed reference text.

The cost is $25 for a 1-year subscription ($40 for two years and $55 for three years).

The pricing seems a little steep for a book you can buy for $29.95. I'd be curious to see how well the search features are implemented and whether or not the ability to look things up more quickly makes it worth the cost. It would be nice to have one less thing to carry to school.

What I'd really like to see is an ebook version of this and my casebooks.

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