February 20, 2007
Bluebook vs. Technology
Posted by Victor Fleischer

Blogging about Bluebooking is Christine's bailiwick (also see her papers here and here), but I couldn't resist a link to Citrus, an auto-blue-booking software program created by a Colorado law alum.  I haven't tried it out, and so I can't vouch for it.  I don't think it would work for law review articles (yet), as it only fixes case cites and statutes/regs ... but it's a pretty neat idea.

As I recall from my law review cite-checking days, Bluebooking is an art as well as a science:  often the rules didn't cover exactly what you needed to figure out, or you'd run into interpretive issues.  No software program will be perfect.  And so programs like Citrus won't make blue-booking obsolete, but rather might ease an otherwise painful exercise, much like TurboTax has done for tax form preparation.

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1. Posted by Mike Boucher on February 8, 2008 @ 23:01 | Permalink

Disclaimer: I am one of the developers of the Citrus automatic Bluebook software to which you refer. My comments and answers are authoritative, but not guaranteed to be unbiased.

Citrus now works for law review articles, nonperiodicals, periodicals, AmJur, CJS, Black's, Ballentine's, CFR, Federal Register, and various other things. It will automatically generate cites in Bluebook format, but it uses practitioner's style rather than academic and so it does not do smallcaps and other things that are not in the practitioner's (blue pages) format.

http://cit-r-us.com/tour_demo.html has a short and informative demo.

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