Reference Materials on Footnotes and Bibliography

1. Remember to cite your legal authorities and cases correctly - click here

2. How to put a "book citation" together - click here

3. Look at Columbia Citation guide - click here

a little about footnotes in legal writing:

legal scholarly writing is thick with footnotes -- few textual sentences stand without them

three functions of footnotes -
1. to document the text -- providing both authority and bibliography
2. to attribute borrowed ideas to their sources -- avoiding plagiarism, and
3. to embellish the main text -- permitting the author to engage in creative digressions and to offer personal, even humorous asides to the reader

good luck.
Prof. J.
4/29/07