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ALWD Citation Manual: A Professional System of Citation, Fourth Edition [Spiral-bound]

Association of Legal Writing Directors , Darby Dickerson
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)


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April 16, 2010 0735589305 978-0735589308 4
ALWD Citation Manual: A Professional System of Citation, now in its Fourth Edition, upholds a single and consistent system of citation for all forms of legal writing. Clearly and attractively presented in an easy-to-use format, edited by Darby Dickerson, a leading authority on American legal citation, the ALWD Citation Manual is simply an outstanding teaching tool.

Endorsed by the Association of Legal Writing Directors, (ALWD), a nationwide society of legal writing program directors, the ALWD Citation Manual: A Professional System of Citation, features:

  • a single, consistent, logical system of citation that can be used for any type of legal document
  • complete coverage of the citation rules that includes:
    - basic citation
    - citation for primary and secondary sources
    - citation of electronic sources
    - how to incorporate citations into documents
    - how to quote material and edit quotes properly
    - court-specific citation formats, commonly used abbreviations, and a sample legal memorandum with proper citation in the
    Appendices
  • two-color page design that flags key points and highlights examples
  • Fast Formatsquick guides for double-checking citations and Sidebars with facts and tips for avoiding common problems
  • diagrams and charts that illustrate citation style at a glance

The Fourth Edition provides:

  • facsimiles of research sources that a first-year law student would use, annotated with the elements in each citation and a sample citation for each
  • flexible citation options for (1) the United States as a party to a suit and (2) using contractions in abbreviations
  • new rules addressing citation of interdisciplinary sources (e.g., plays, concerts, operas) and new technology (e.g., Twitter, e-readers, YouTube video)
  • updated examples throughout the text
  • expanded list of law reviews in Appendix 5

A new Wire-O binding in the Fourth Edition offers greater durability and makes the pages open perfectly flat for ease of use. Self-stick tabs now included in the book encourage students to flag frequently referenced pages for added convenience. Indispensable by design, the ALWD Citation Manual: A Professional System of Citation, Fourth Edition, keeps on getting better



Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Aspen Publishers; 4 edition (April 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735589305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735589308
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 7.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I am going to keep it after school July 2, 2010
Format:Spiral-bound|Verified Purchase
I purchased this book for a class and it has been very helpful. It is a great reference book for court abbreviations and different (proper) ways to cite cases. I really like the spiral binding that lets me keep a page open while I am typing. It has been easy to find exactly what I am looking for as well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Bluebook September 11, 2012
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As a 1L, I remember finding the Bluebook initially difficult to use for a bunch of reasons, but especially because Bluebook has two sets of rules depending on whether you are writing for law review or for work. The ALWD manual has just one set of rules for everybody. Simple. If you need to cite a case, then flip to the sub-chapter titled "case citations" and find everything you need on the subject right there. Unlike the Bluebook, this is divided into normal chapters (like most other textbooks), so you don't have to waste time flipping back and forth looking for stuff. Again, simple and easy. Unlike the Bluebook, you don't waste a bunch of time "learning" how to use this because it is intuitive.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT July 24, 2012
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Great . This book is so much better then the blue book. It is easier to read and understand than the blue book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Useful for Legal Writing September 18, 2010
By Toni N
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I am a 1L, and I will need this book for future writing assignments. I will also keep this handy as a desktop reference. It is a very useful resource and learning tool for looking up Citations as well as showing you how to cite cases. It has a great big spring type binding which allows you to open to a page, fold it over, and it'll lie flat. Very happy with this purchase!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Citation Manual March 5, 2013
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Wonderful presentation of examples for writing citations. This was one of my trouble areas in my class. Now aceing my case briefs because of it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I needed this book for an advanced legal research class. This book is much more user-friendly than the Blue and Green books. I can look up information quickly and have a clearer understanding of the sources.
ALWD Citation Manual: A Professional System of Citation, Fourth Edition
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5.0 out of 5 stars ALWD Citation Manual February 15, 2011
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Excellent manual for the newby as well as the seasoned legal researcher. Also, can't beat the pricing and quality of the product.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great ship time user friendly October 13, 2010
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Great ship time. Many prefer blue book but this
is what our school requires because it is more student friendly
especially for 1L's.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful book
This book is super helpful if you are in the legal field/law classes. It had lots of info on correct citations etc.
Published 4 months ago by Jennifer N.
5.0 out of 5 stars basic research and writing tool book, essential
I like the digital version over the hard copy version. while I wish pricing was more advantageous, this is a critical digital toolbook for my legal research and writing portfolio. Read more
Published 4 months ago by David Czernik
5.0 out of 5 stars I am...
I am quite pleased with the order! And I plan to wear the pages out as I study. I am content and happy.
Published 5 months ago by Monica
4.0 out of 5 stars Needed for work
I needed the manual for work. It is a good manual and provides the information needed as expected. Works as expected.
Published 6 months ago by G. Henrich
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
This is the citation manual. Never let anybody tell you it's Blue Book. That's a joke. ALWD is readable and clear. Easy to follow. Tabs are included for easy reference. Read more
Published 6 months ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Reference!
ALWD is something that anyone who would like to improve their writing abilities should have as a ready desk reference.
Published 6 months ago by Tracker5usmc
5.0 out of 5 stars So much better than Bluebook
Legal citations are never fun, but ALWD will make you hate your life, your professional choices, and the process of legal writing in general less than Bluebook. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ryan Bach
1.0 out of 5 stars I wish it had been organized differently.
I don't mind reading most text books. I do mind this one.

First, the coil binding is problematic. The terminal coil ends with the end bent at 90 degrees toward the book. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ashley M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I needed for school.
Exactly what I needed for school, very glad to find it in an online format. Thanks so very much Amazon.
Published 10 months ago by Virginia
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't Use Much
I was required to have this book for a legal research and writing class. We hardly used the book, in fact I think the only time that we used the book was when our teacher was... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Courtney
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