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Introduction to "The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation": Edition, Publisher & Date

Quick References

Edition, Publisher & Date
General Rules.........................R15.4
Publishing Abbreviations.............T14

Typeface Conventions

Footnotes: title in small caps typeface

Textual Sentence: title in italics


This guide is currently being updated to reflect the recent changes made in The Bluebook (20th edition). Please be aware that pages containing this notice may contain out-of-date information.

General Rules for Nonperiodic Edition, Publisher & Date

The edition, publisher, and date of the work are indicated parenthetically at the end of the citation. Some general rules are given below:

Generally - Cite to the latest edition of a work unless an earlier edition is more relevant or authoratative.

Single Edition - Indicate the year of publication within the parenthetical.

Multiple Editions Indicate the year of publication and the edition within the parenthetical.

Edition, Publisher & Date Abbreviations

Abbreviate editions according to the publisher's terminology, referring to Table 14, for a list of common publishing abbreviations.


The publication date refers to the year an edition was published. This is not the same as the date of printing.