I made a Bluebook citation generator - looking for feedback!

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I made a Bluebook citation generator - looking for feedback!

Postby legaleasetech » Tue May 14, 2019 11:58 am

Hi everyone,

I’m a former law student and I wasted too much time with the Bluebook. So I made a Bluebook generator. It’s called LegalEase Citations.
https://legaleasecitations.com/

The way it works is you pick a source type, enter in some information, and the software returns a 100%-accurate Bluebook citation in all academic and non-academic formats.

The software now supports 11 different types of sources and includes examples and explanations throughout.

What features or improvements would you guys want to see in something like this? Really looking forward to hearing your feedback!

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Re: I made a Bluebook citation generator - looking for feedback!

Postby LBJ's Hair » Tue May 14, 2019 7:45 pm

How is this different than the cites that Westlaw generates when you copy text

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Re: I made a Bluebook citation generator - looking for feedback!

Postby cavalier1138 » Tue May 14, 2019 8:03 pm

LBJ's Hair wrote:How is this different than the cites that Westlaw generates when you copy text


I'd assume the big difference is that these citations are correct for Bluebook standards, which is definitely not the case for Westlaw or Lexis auto-citations.

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Re: I made a Bluebook citation generator - looking for feedback!

Postby LBJ's Hair » Tue May 14, 2019 8:20 pm

cavalier1138 wrote:
LBJ's Hair wrote:How is this different than the cites that Westlaw generates when you copy text


I'd assume the big difference is that these citations are correct for Bluebook standards, which is definitely not the case for Westlaw or Lexis auto-citations.


They're pretty close, and the MS Word plug-in(s?) clean up the rest

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Re: I made a Bluebook citation generator - looking for feedback!

Postby Halp » Mon Jun 10, 2019 8:00 pm

Wait, which plugin? I’ve not yet found one that works. That would be a godsend. Or do you mean the integrated Westlaw thingie?

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Re: I made a Bluebook citation generator - looking for feedback!

Postby legaleasetech » Tue Jul 09, 2019 12:17 pm

LBJ's Hair wrote:How is this different than the cites that Westlaw generates when you copy text


My experience with Westlaw, Lexis, and other citation features was they got me in the ballpark for a particular citation but, often, the citation was plainly wrong.

There are simply too many Bluebook rules that rely on particular conditions and context. There’s no way to trigger these rules (and therefore, create an accurate citation) without getting far more input from a user.

This is the problem that I tried to tackle. The software does the obvious things like automatically applying the relevant Bluebook rules to inputted text and appropriately abbreviating names of things like reporters and entities. Where it goes a step further, in order to create a completely accurate citation, is the inclusion of dropdown boxes that cover all conditional and context-dependent scenarios.

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Re: I made a Bluebook citation generator - looking for feedback!

Postby run26.2 » Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:07 pm

Two thoughts. First, nice work. That's impressive and cool. Second, wow that's a lot of work to do for a citation. I can't imagine doing that for all my citations. Why not just figure it out from the Bluebook?



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