The Citation Format Assistant makes it easier than ever to find and use the correct format for particular cases or statutes.
You can easily navigate through an alphabetical list of citation formats, or search for a format.
When you find the correct citation format, add it to your search with a single mouse click.
This tutorial begins at the Get a Document form. To find a citation format using the Assistant, click the Citation Formats link.
Use Option 1 to search for a citation format or Option 2 to drill down through an alphabetical list of formats. Let's start with the alphabetical list by scrolling down the page to display the list.
Working from the bottom up, the lower portion of the alphabetical list includes publication names in the left column and the correct citation format on the right. Note that the format is a live link. We'll return to these links in a moment.
Let's focus next on the Available Ranges part of the page. For most letters of the alphabet, publication names and format links are divided into multiple pages. Available Ranges links let you jump to any of these pages. Notice also that:
Use the letter links to jump to a list of publications that begin with that letter of the alphabet.
Let's try an example. Suppose you want to find a section of the annotated Vermont Statutes. You know the title and section numbers, but not the citation format. Select the "V" link to jump to publications beginning with "V."
When the "V" list displays, select the "Vermont Session Laws [VT]..." link to jump to the page with Vermont statutes. When that page displays, scroll down to "Vermont Statutes Annotated [VT]" and select the "Vt. Stat. Ann." link.
The research system takes you to a form tailored for the citation you requested. Note that "VT. Stat. Ann." is already a part of your search request. Just supply the title (for example, 10) and section numbers (for example, 4001), then select the "Get" button to display the full text of the statute section.
Let's try another example by returning to the Citation Formats form.
When you know all or part of a publication name, you may prefer to use the Find feature to get the correct format.
Suppose you need an article from the Virginia Journal of International Law, but you're unsure of the correct citation format. You could type "virginia journal" in the "Find" field and select the "Find" button.
The research system finds 6 publications, and the Virginia Journal of International Law is in the list. Click the "Va. J. Int'l L." link to display the "Get" page for that that journal. Notice that the research system provides one or more examples of how to cite this publication. When appropriate, information about coverage is also provided.
This concludes the Citation Format Assistant tutorial. Now you can:
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