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Using CiteStack for Legal Research and 'Bluebook-Quality' Citations

Back in May 2010, in this post about the possibility of abolishing The Bluebook from the legal world, I wondered if there could at least be a 21st century alternative. For instance, couldn't Microsoft bake the 400 pages of The Bluebook into a lawyer-focused version of its Word software, which you could then use to automatically correct citations in your work?

I still have not seen such an alternative (confession: I have not been looking all that hard), but today I did discover via the Futurelawyer blog an interesting citation and research tool called CiteStack. CiteStack allows users to capture, cite, and organize legal research using Google Scholar. Using CiteStack, you can:

  • save selections from cases, and organize the selections according to case and issue;
  • annotate your research;
  • automatically create "Bluebook-quality" citations and pincites for the portions of cases you select.

The video below provides a useful demonstration of how CiteStack may be quite useful to lawyers. Note that it is only available as a plug-in for the Google Chrome browser at this time, and is not free ($69 after your free trial expires).

Posted by Bruce Carton on August 17, 2010 at 12:43 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

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