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Finding Foreign Law at the Gould Law Library: Citations & Abbreviations


Last, but not least, citations and abbreviations. You will probably have to deal with them at some point in your research. Fear not.

Regarding how to cite to foreign law, consult:

 The Bluebook (19th ed., 2010), pages 179-184 (Rule 20) & 277-425 (Table 2).  (reserves KF245.U55) 

Guide to Foreign & International Legal Citations (2d ed., 2009) (reserves K89.G85 ), published by NYU, also has country and organization profiles as well as selected references 

Australian Guide to Legal Citation (3d ed., 2010), published by Melbourne University, also has information on Canada, New Zealand, and the UK

 Oxford Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (4th ed., 2010), published by Oxford University


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And for help in creating or deciphering unfamiliar abbreviations and acronyms, consult:

Bieber's Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations (6th ed., 2009) (reference and reserves KF246. B46) Has many abbreviations for agencies, organizations, periodicals, reporters, and other publications cited in US legal literature 

Bieber’s Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations (5th ed., 2001), available on LexisNexis. From the “Legal” tab, click on “Reference,” “Law,” and “Bieber’s Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations.” Also, click on the information box next to the book’s title for examples on how to format searches

Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations, freely available web-based resource, has publications from over 295 jurisdictions, mainly covers law reports and law periodicals but includes some legislative publications and major textbooks

World Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations (1991 - present) (reference K85 .W67) Four volume loose-leaf set, organized alphabetically by 18 languages, also covers some abbreviations by topic