Answered By: Kate Britt
Last Updated: Jan 05, 2018     Views: 132

The Bluebook rule on when and how to use parallel citations is 10.3.1. (pg. 102 in 20th ed.)

A complete list of parallel citations for a particular case may be found in several locations.

  • Digest tables of cases. Each set of case digests in the Library contains a volume or volumes of case tables at or near the end of the set. The list is alphabetical by case name and includes all known citations to each case.
  • The National Reporter Blue Book (Smith KF152 .N38) provides the unofficial West reporter citation when only the official state citation is known. The tables do not convert from unofficial to official reports. 
  • Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg provide the relevant citations with cases.
    • Shepard's Citations, available to patrons on campus through Lexis Nexis Academic, is a good source of citation material.

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