What Is This Citation?

Students, as you start your summer jobs, you likely will be faced with conducting research in unfamiliar areas of law, which means dealing with unfamiliar citations.  Luckily, there are a number of specialized resources that will help you determine the source affiliated with a particular legal abbreviation.

Often the best resource, particularly for U.S. legal materials, is Bieber’s Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations.  Most law libraries will have a copy, and Bieber’s is also available on Lexis.  For citations to foreign and international sources, a great resource is the Index to Legal Citations and Abbreviations by Donald Raistrick.

For more resources and tips for discerning unfamiliar citations, see our Abbreviations and Acronyms Research Guide.  Additionally, Georgetown Law students can always contact a librarian at the reference desk – even over the summer!

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