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Students and instructors alike are buzzing with excitement over this new legal citation guide which offers everything that everyone has always wanted: consistency, flexibility, easy to understand, and filled with examples. The ALWD Manual contains ONE system for ALL documents-making no distinction between law review articles a ...show morend other types of writing
Endorsed by the Association of Legal Writing Directors this soon-to-be-standard citation manual-written, designed, and edited by professionals-carefully guides students through the rules for citation in everyday and scholarly legal writing.
At a glance
more accurate bibliographic information
easier to read
expanded coverage of state sources
Of Special Interest:
An introduction explains the importance and purposes of legal citation.
An introductory section explains how your word processor might affect citations.
An introductory section explains when and how local court citation rules should be used.
An appendix contains the actual local court citation rules.
Sidebars are used throughout the book to provide additional background information, to help users avoid common problems, and to give additional advice about how to locate and cite various sources.
For the most commonly-cited sources, including cases, statutes, treatises, legal and periodicals, each section will start with a ''Fast Formats'' page that can be used as a quick guide to double-check citations.
Each rule concerning a particular source contains a diagramed example reflecting the different components of the citation.
The ''tabulated style'' is easier on the eye, and thus easier to read.
Readers will find detailed rules on sources used by many first-year students, such as legal encyclopedias and A.L.R. annotations.
There is expanded coverage on electronic sources, legislative and administrative materials, practice rules, court documents (appellate records, pleadings, transcripts), and local ordinances.
Icons are used to better reflect how citation should be spaced.
There is a detailed index.
An accompanying Web site posts updates, any necessary clarifications, and a FAQ.
Two-color interior helps emphasize points and make other distinctions a one-color book cannot.
Other features include a strong cover, laminated initial pages, and section tabs.
A Logical Organization
Part One covers general terms and procedures, including information on local citation formats and on how word processors can affect citations.
Part Two, Citation Basics, addresses those key concepts used when citing most types of legal sources. The author encourages students should read Part Two before attempting to cite any particular source.
Part Three provides citation formats for print versions of various primary and secondary sources. These rules are used to determine how to cite a specific source, such as a case or legal periodical.
Part Four describes the citation of electronic materials, including sources available on LEXIS, Westlaw, and the Internet. This part also contains information about the relatively new concept of neutral citation formats.
Part Five, Incorporating Citations into Documents, explains how to insert citations into various kinds of documents such as memos, or law-review articles. It also addresses other important concepts used when writing documents that contains legal citations, such as when and how to use introductory signals and how to use parenthetical explanations.
Part Six discusses how to quote material and how to properly reflect alterations to and omissions from quoted material.
Part Seven consists of various appendices, including one on court-specific formats and another that lists commonly used abbreviations. In addition, a full-text sample of a legal memorandum demonstrates how to insert citations into such a document.