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Legal Resources: Reading Legal Citations

Legal Citation Resources

Reading Legal Citations

A legal citation is a reference to a specific legal resource such as a statute, legal case, or law journal article.  A citation typically includes the volume number, name of resource, and a page or section number.  See examples below.  (Source)

   Statutory law

     Citation:
Translation:

42 U.S.C. §  2000b
Title (volume) 42 of the United States Code section 2000b


  Case law

    Citation:
Translation:

 

Kriescher v. Fox Hills Golf Resort   384 F.3d 912
Case name 
Kriescher v. Fox Hills Golf Resort, found in volume 384 of the Federal Reporter, 3rd series, starting on page 912


Law Review article

     Citation:
Translation:

12 Marq. Sports L. Rev. 347
 Volume 12 of the Marquette Sports Law Review, starting on page 347.



Common Legal Abbreviations: Case Reporters & Codes

Abbreviation

       Source  (Reporters = Cases; Code = Statutes)

 

F., F.2d, F.3d
F.Supp., F.Supp.2d
N.E., N.E.2d
Ohio Rev. Code Ann.
S.Ct.
U.S.
U.S.C.
U.S.C.A

Federal Reporter (1st, 2nd, 3rd series)
Federal Supplement (1st & 2nd series)
North Eastern Reporter (1st and 2nd series)
Ohio Revised Code Annotated 
Supreme Court Reporter 
United States Reports
United States Code
United States Code Annotated

 

Common Legal Abbreviations for Law Journals

L.
J.
Rev.

 

Law
Journal
Review

      

Ex.

 

Ohio St. L. J.
Harv. L. Rev.
J. Fam. L.

 

Ohio State Law Journal
Harvard Law Review
Journal of Family Law