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esmagalhaes
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Bluebook Online

Postby esmagalhaes » Sun May 08, 2011 11:15 am

Anyone have any thoughts on getting a subscription to the Bluebook online? 1 year costs 35 dollars or so. I have the print edition but I wonder if the search function online would make things easier to find.

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Re: Bluebook Online

Postby Renzo » Sun May 08, 2011 1:45 pm

I have both. I think it's actually easier to learn to Bluebook with the book, as it's easier to flip pages and find what you need. But once you get into any serious writing (a student note, a long assignment over the summer, etc.), it's nice not to need to leave the keyboard to look something up.

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Re: Bluebook Online

Postby spondee » Sun May 08, 2011 1:59 pm

esmagalhaes wrote:I wonder if the search function online would make things easier to find.


Yeah, I think the search function makes the online version far more useful. Haven't used the print version in over a year.

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ahduth
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Re: Bluebook Online

Postby ahduth » Thu Sep 08, 2011 1:14 pm

I'm necroing this thread in the hopes of getting some more opinions about the online version. It's 50 bucks for 3 years, and I'm considering getting it so I don't have to haul another book around with me.

Are there any disadvantages to starting with the online version and just forgoing the book entirely?

Also, a dumb 1L question, how often is the Bluebook updated generally?

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Re: Bluebook Online

Postby morris248 » Thu Sep 08, 2011 8:09 pm


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Re: Bluebook Online

Postby kapital98 » Thu Sep 08, 2011 10:13 pm

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Re: Bluebook Online

Postby MTC87 » Thu Sep 08, 2011 11:36 pm

The online bluebook is goddamn amazing, but probably not worth it if all you're going to use it for is LPW. But if you're doing journal work and the journal isn't paying, it's probably worth the money.

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Re: Bluebook Online

Postby sundance95 » Thu Sep 08, 2011 11:55 pm

I got the online and like it. But, I got the book too and also like it for different reasons-mainly the index.

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Re: Bluebook Online

Postby wiseowl » Fri Sep 09, 2011 8:01 am

yea I use them both. The search function online is nice but it ain't Google. It can still sometimes be easier to just flip through the book.

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leobowski
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Re: Bluebook Online

Postby leobowski » Sat Sep 10, 2011 12:48 am

Meh just use the index. It's pretty damn good.

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Re: Bluebook Online

Postby kalvano » Sat Sep 10, 2011 5:58 pm

Also, just to add, if you get the online version, you will end up having to get the print version anyway if you do a Law Review write-on.

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Re: Bluebook Online

Postby ahduth » Sun Sep 11, 2011 7:34 pm

kalvano wrote:Also, just to add, if you get the online version, you will end up having to get the print version anyway if you do a Law Review write-on.


Fuuuuk. Maybe I'll grade on (unlikely). Maybe the rules are different here, I'll have to ask. I suppose I can always borrow someone's.

The online version is pretty sweet though.

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Re: Bluebook Online

Postby buggirl72 » Thu Sep 15, 2011 10:24 pm

I got the online version after I got on law review. Love it! I haven't had any problems with the search function and the table of contents is easy to use. Plus, it is one less book to haul around.

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Re: Bluebook Online

Postby shepdawg » Fri Sep 16, 2011 6:00 pm

I got the online version, and hate it.

UML
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Re: Bluebook Online

Postby UML » Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:53 pm

1. Download 15th edition here: http://www.legalbluebook.com/Public/Introduction.aspx
2. Run Adobe OCI to make text searchable
3. ???
4. Profit

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Re: Bluebook Online

Postby run26.2 » Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:57 pm

UML wrote:1. Download 15th edition here: http://www.legalbluebook.com/Public/Introduction.aspx
2. Run Adobe OCI to make text searchable
3. ???
4. Profit

Bad idea. At the very least, abbreviations have changed.

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Re: Bluebook Online

Postby run26.2 » Sat Sep 17, 2011 9:59 pm

ahduth wrote:
kalvano wrote:Also, just to add, if you get the online version, you will end up having to get the print version anyway if you do a Law Review write-on.


Fuuuuk. Maybe I'll grade on (unlikely). Maybe the rules are different here, I'll have to ask. I suppose I can always borrow someone's.

The online version is pretty sweet though.

If you find out that the online version will not be available to you, you should gain familiarity with the paper version before your competition. If the competition is timed and you are not used to using the paper copy, you will be at a significant disadvantage.

UML
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Re: Bluebook Online

Postby UML » Sat Sep 17, 2011 11:02 pm

run26.2 wrote:
UML wrote:1. Download 15th edition here: http://www.legalbluebook.com/Public/Introduction.aspx
2. Run Adobe OCI to make text searchable
3. ???
4. Profit

Bad idea. At the very least, abbreviations have changed.


Sure. But the point of having an electronic version is that it's searchable. If I can't find something in the current edition hard copy, I search the electronic version and find the section, say, section 10.1. Then I turn to section 10.1 in my current edition and I have what I need. I wouldn't base anything off the 15th edition, but it's okay for searching.




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