Citing Court Decisions (Bluebook Rule 10)
Reference form for cases:
Name v. Name, Volume Source Page (Court Date).
1. Sample reference list entry to a case:
Lessard v. Schmidt, 349 F. Supp. 1078 (E.D. Wis. 1972)
Lessard v. Schmidt (1972) OR (Lessard v. Schmidt, 1972)
2. Sample reference list entry to an appealed case:
Durflinger v. Artiles, 563 F. Supp. 322 (D. Kah. 1981), aff'd, 727 F.2d 888 (10th Circ. 1984).
Durflinger v. Artiles (1981/1984)
3. Sample reference to an unreported decision:
Gilliard v. Oswald, No. 76-2109 (2d Cir. Mar. 16, 1977).
4. Sample reference to a state trial court opinion:
Casey v. Pennsylvania-American Water Co., 12 Pa. D. & C.4th 168 (C.P. Washington County 1991).
5. Sample reference to a federal district court opinion:
Davis v. Monsanto Co., 627 F. Supp. 418 (S.D. W. Va. 1986).
6. Sample reference to a case appealed to a state supreme court:
Compton v. Commonwealth, 239 Va. 312, 389 S.E.2d 460 (1990).
7. Sample reference to a case appealed ato a state court of appeals:
Texas v. Morales, 826 S.W.2d 201 (Tex. Ct. App. 1992).
8. Sample references to cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court:
Brown v. Board of Educ., 347 U.S. 483 (1954).
Maryland v. Craig, 110 S. Ct. 3160 (1990).
From Publication Manual of the American Psychology
Use Google Scholar to search for your case and find the citation. First, type your case in the Google Scholar box below. Then, click on "Case Law" on the left hand side, once you are taken to Google Scholar. Your case should be one of the first links. Click on "Cite," underneath the case. Your Blueblook citation should then show up.