Google Scholar Changes Rankings for Case Citations

Once you’ve found a case using Google Scholar, clicking on the how cited link has always brought you to a list of cases that cite to your original case. Now, Scholar has changed the algorithm so that cases with a greater depth of treatment appear higher in the citation list. Look for the three little bars to the left of the case name to indicate the extent of the discussion.


The history of the Bluebook

Generations of law students, lawyers, judges, and other legal professionals have relied on the Bluebook’s system of citation in their writing. The law library’s newest exhibit features the history of the Bluebook. The Bluebook exhibit is located in the flat cases on the 2nd floor of the library. This exhibit was designed by former library intern Tilman Larson (class of 2007) and updated by Library Circulation Assistant Supervisor Charity Braceros, Administrative Assistant Aimee Nguyen and Librarian Kelly Kunsch.


9th Circuit Internet Citations

Courts, like all of society, have become more reliant on the Internet for information. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has created a website to monitor its use of websites in its judicial opinion. Both the case name and the websites cited are listed. Websites run the gamut from government sites to SSRN to Go Daddy.


Suggested Practices for Citing the Internet in Federal Court Opinions

The Third Branch, the newsletter of the Federal Courts, has published an article on citing and hyperlinking to the Internet to help the courts in determining what to cite and how to cite it.  Acknowledging the increasing use of such citations, guidelines suggest downloading a copy of a website’s page and filing it as an attachment to the judicial opinion.  The article can be found on the U.S. Courts website.