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The work serves as a valuable supplement to, and free implementation of, The Bluebook. The freely adaptable resource implements the same Uniform System of Citation that is implemented in The Bluebook. The work’s scope parallels that of The... read more
The work serves as a valuable supplement to, and free implementation of, The Bluebook. The freely adaptable resource implements the same Uniform System of Citation that is implemented in The Bluebook. The work’s scope parallels that of The Bluebook’s “Bluepages”. Beyond the Bluepages, the resource includes additional citation guidance for bills and legislative history. The resource’s coverage does not extend to loose-leaf reporters, foreign legal materials, or international publications.
The resource includes a collection of other readily available and linked citation guides as well as both Forward and Reverse Lookups with links to The Indigo Book and analogous provisions in The Bluebook.
The resource is stated to be in beta release. The work was created under the direction of Professor Christopher Jon Sprigman, research assistant Daryl Steiger, and a team of students at the New York University School of Law. The last documented update was on May 2, 2016. The web-based resource includes an email address to report errors. Bluebook references are to the 20th Edition, not the 21st.
This document is in beta release and was last modified on May 2, 2016. Bluebook references are to the 20th edition, not the 21st. The resource will help users draft briefs, memoranda, law review articles, and other legal documents that use citations compatible with the Uniform System of Citations.
The resource includes a hyperlinked Table of Contents. Section headers are in a larger and bolded font. The resource also includes a number of “Indigo Inklings” that provide additional guidance and insights regarding The Bluebook as compared with The Indigo Book as well as citation tips and recommended best practices. “Indigo Inklings” are set off in boxed text and provide useful commentary and context for many of the shared citation rules.
The resource maintains a consistent terminology.
The resource is not modular. A linked Table of Contents is included. The work is distributed as a single document developed using HTML 5.
The resource's organization is logical and clear. Section headings provide additional clarity.
A hyperlinked Table of Contents supports navigation.
The resource is clearly presented and well written.
The text is a citation manual and, as such, examples are restricted to citation format. The authors clarify that they have opted for the color Indigo (rather than Royal Blue commonly associated with The Bluebook) to express solidarity with the ryots of Bengal.
Table of Contents
- A. Background Rules
- B. Cases
- C. Statues Rules, Regulations, and Other Legislative & Administrative Materials
- D. Court & Litigation Documents
- E. Books & Non-Periodicals
- F. Journals, Magazines & Newspaper Articles
- G. Internet Sources
- J. Tables
- K. CODICIL
- L. Acknowledgements
About the Book
Welcome to The Indigo Book 2.0—a free, Creative Commons-dedicated implementation of the uniform system of citation commonly used in United States legal documents.
The Indigo Book (2d ed. 2021) isn’t the same as The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (21st ed. 2020), but it does implement the same system of citation that The Bluebook does. The scope of The Indigo Book’s coverage is roughly equivalent to The Bluebook’s “Bluepages”—that is, The Indigo Book covers legal citation for U.S. legal materials, as well as books, periodicals, and Internet and other electronic resources. For the materials that it covers, anyone using The Indigo Book will produce briefs, memoranda, law review articles, and other legal documents with citations that are compatible with the Uniform System of Citation. Although law students, scholars, and legal professionals sometimes talk about legal citation as if it is truly uniform, the fact is that legal citation has never actually been a uniform national system. Accordingly, The Indigo Book also provides insight into some of the discretionary preferences and jurisdiction specific variations found in legal citation throughout the United States.
About the Contributors
Christopher Jon Sprigman