Legal citations are very precise and will take you directly to the law, regulation, or opinion that you need.
Examples of citations to different types of legal documents are given throughout this guide, where the publications are discussed, and citation examples to some common legal references are given in the box on the right.
Before you can follow the citation, however, you need to know what the abbreviations in the citations mean. The Law Library has extensive guides to legal abbreviations, but there are also good sources online:
In addition, some legal databases allow you to input citations directly, so that the information can be retrieved without needing to know precisely what the citation refers to.
Generally speaking, legal citations follow this formula:
[chapter/title/volume] [source] [page/law/section/issue]
For more information on the publications that contain these legal materials, consult the appropriate tabs in the guide. But here are some specific examples of different types of citations:
Texas Legislation: (NOTE: since the organization of Texas laws is in flux between an older and a newer system of codes, it's difficult to give other than general guidance in deciphering these citations. Consult a Law Librarian for further assistance.)
Note that law review articles and other sources often use the same three-part system to refer to journal articles: [volume] [source abbreviation] [page]