The Citation Format Assistant makes it easier than ever to find and use the correct format when you Shepardize ® a case.
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 Shepard's ® Check a Citation form. To find a citation format using the Assistant, select 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 Shepardize a case from the Harris & Gill reporter, but are uncertain of the correct citation format. Select the "H" link to jump to publications beginning with "H".
When the "H" list displays, scroll down to "Harris & Gill" and select its "H. & G." link. The research system takes you to a form tailored for the citation you requested. Note that "H. & G." is already a part of the search request. Just supply the title (for example, 2) and section numbers (for example, 100) and select the "Check" button to display the Shepard's report.
Let's try another example by returning to the Shepard's Check a Citation 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 Washington & Lee Law Review, but you're unsure of the correct citation format. First select the "Citation Formats" link. Then enter "washington lee" in the "Find" field and select the "Check" button.
The research system finds 2 publications; the Washington & Lee Law Review is first in the list. Select the citation format link to display the search template page for that law review. Notice that the research system provides one or more examples of how to cite this publication.
That concludes the Shepard's Citation Format Assistant tutorial. Now you can:
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