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Bluebook Citations: Regulations

Guide to basic legal citations to the 20th ed. of The Bluebook.

Regulations

Citations are to the 20th edition of The Bluebook, A Uniform System of Citation

Rule 14 (page 143), T1.2 (unique citation formats)

Administrative Compilation (Federal) - arranged topically

Code of Federal Regulations (1938-date):  x C.F.R. § x (year).  Notice here that there is only a year in the parenthetical.

BOOK VERSION: 31 C.F.R. § 100.5 (2012).  The most recent volume of the C.F.R. with this section in it is from 2012.

WESTLAW:  31 C.F.R. § 100.5 (Westlaw 2014).

LEXIS ADVANCE: 31 C.F.R. § 100.5 (LEXIS 2014). 

The complete archive of the C.F.R. is found on Heinonline in the Federal Register Library.

Administrative Register (Federal) - arranged chronologically

Federal Register (1936-date): vol. no. Fed. Reg. page number (month, day, year).

EXAMPLE:  37 Fed. Reg. 23,603 (Nov. 4, 1972).

EXAMPLE of Four-digit page number: 79 Fed. Reg. 3481 (Jan. 22, 2014). 

Page number is subject to R6.2(a)(vii):  In numbers containing five or more digits, use commas to separate groups of three digits in the page number for the Federal Register.

The complete archive of the Federal Register is found on Heinonline in the Federal Register Library.

Citing State (Hawaii) Regulations

Citations are to the 20th edition of The Bluebook, A Uniform System of Citation

Rule 14.4 Commercial and Electronic Databases

First consult the HawaiĘ»i Administrative Rules, from Table 1, 

  • The resource is abbreviated Haw. Code R.
  • Followed by the section symbol § Title number – Chapter number – section number
  • Parenthetical (LexisNexis <year>) – NOTE: this is a reference to the print Code signaled by the word LexisNexis.
  • Rule 14.4 specifies using the database and any identifying codes or numbers after the date parenthetical.
  • E.g. Haw. Code R. § 11-81-1 (2017) WL HI ADC § 11-81-1.
  • E.g. Haw. Code R. § 11-81-1 (2017) LEXIS HAR 11-81. NOTE: LEXIS (ALL CAPS) means the online product.