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The New Bluebook is Here!

The Twentieth edition of the The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed. 2015) has arrived!


The Charlotte School of Law Library has two copies available in Course Reserves located behind the Library User Experience Desk (LUX). These copies can be checked out for three hours.

There are also two copies located in the REFERENCE collection. These copies are for Library Use Only. The call number is REF KF245 .B58 2015.

More copies have been ordered.

So What’s New about the Twentieth Edition?

That’s the question everyone wants to know, including me. A detailed answer is in the Preface to the Twentieth Edition on page VII. Cynthia Pittson of Pace Law Library has created a really helpful chart of the changes at The twentieth edition is 50 pages longer than the last edition. Some of the more notable changes follow:

  • The Bluepages in the front part of the book now parallel the order of the Whitepages. The Bluepages are the basic legal citation how-to’s created for everyday use by first year law students and practitioners. The Whitepages are detailed for law journal publication.
  • Bluepages table BT2 has been expanded to cover more local court rules. For example, there are changes in citing the rules for the United States District Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts of North Carolina on page 39.
  • Rule 12.9.4 combines the previous edition’s section on Uniform Acts with Model Codes, Principles, Restatements, Standards, and Sentencing Guidelines. The citation format for these sources has changed.
  • Rules 14(b) and (d) give more details on citing comments to agencies, more examples of other agency publications, and specifics on citing opinion letters.
  • Rule 15 adds a citation format for e-books.
  • Rule 18 has a number of important changes. This is the section that deals with the Internet, Electronic media, and Other non-print resources. All internet citations are now treated as direct so “available at” before the URL is no longer required. Rule 18.2.1(d) encourages using reliable archival sources like and Rule 18.2.2(a) spells out citing authors in social media feeds. Other sections of this rule detail citations for titles of blogs and other social media. Rule 18.3 now has a chart with guidance on citing different types of sources from commercial electronic databases other than the main legal databases.
  • Rule 21 includes more direction on international sources and includes a new section Rule 21.12 on the International Monetary Fund.
  • Table T13 used to list the abbreviations for most individual law reviews. Now 1 lists common institutional names and T13.2 has common words. To cite a journal correctly, one needs to consult these two tables and T10 which has geographical terms.

The changes are not limited to the ones listed here. There are a lot more. These are just some of the highlights.

So Who Creates These Rules?

In case you ever wondered…. The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation is compiled by the editors of the Columbia Law Review, the Harvard Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal. The Harvard Law Review Association publishes and distributes the Bluebook.

~Betty Thomas~

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A Little More Conversation About Elvis: Another look at his life through two very different books

It’s been thirty eight years this August, since Elvis Presley passed away.  That may seem like yesterday to the baby boom generation, who were acquainted with the man as well as the artist known as the “King of Rock and Roll.” Subsequent generations, however, are more familiar with the fables and legends surrounding Elvis than they are with Elvis himself.

Elvis is iconic.  His music synthesized the pop, country, gospel and blues elements which also served as his inspiration and which significantly transformed music for his and future generations. His story has been dramatized many times.  Cirque du Soleil has choreographed a production based on his life and music (“Viva Elvis”).  He has appeared as “walk on” characters in books and movies (for example, “Walk the Line”). He is the frequent object of impersonators (a/k/a “tribute artists”) and parody (such as the king in “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”). One can’t walk the streets of Memphis or Las Vegas without spotting an Elvis.  The intellectual property rights attached to his music, image, brand, etc., are so extensive that I once heard a CLE presenter paraphrase that Elvis has not left the building.  All of above perpetuate the myths but do little to reveal the man behind them. In honor of his legacy, I recommend two books, in very different styles.


“Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley” is the first of a two volume biography by Peter Guralnick.  It is well-researched and sensitively-written and narrates the journey of a shy, awkward young man with a raw talent.  It follows his rise from poverty to national acclaim.  Guralnick concludes the first volume of Elvis’ life with several life-altering events: Elvis has been drafted, sent to Germany, is worried that his career won’t survive and has lost his mother, with whom he had been very close. Yes, all life-changers, but somehow there is an element of optimism.  (Volume two, “Careless Love: The Unmaking of Elvis Presley” is just as well-researched and sensitively-written, but the title sums it all up and we know how the story ends.)

If you’re in the mood for something lighter, try “Blue Suede Clues: A Murder Mystery Featuring Elvis Presley” by Daniel Klein.  Klein wrote several detective novels which portrayed Elvis as rock star by night and amateur detective by day.  The titles of the books were based on the titles of Presley’s hit songs: “Kill Me Tender”, “Viva Las Vengeance” and “Such Vicious Minds.”  In “Blue Suede Clues”, Elvis has just completed filming a movie and finds himself coming to the aid of one of his Army buddies.  The book features fictional characters and references some of the real individuals who played integral roles in Elvis’s life. Klein knows his Elvis facts and weaves them into the mysteries. He also foreshadows some of the darker elements in the performer’s life.

Add these books to your end-of-the-summer reading list and reflect on the man who continues to inspire so many.

~Susan Catterall~

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Know Your Law Library: Fiction Collection

Heading to the beach for a weekend this summer or just relaxing on the porch… maybe you would like a good read. The Charlotte School of Law Library has a collection of fiction.


The collection includes many of John Grisham and Scott Turow’s legal thrillers as well as a number of books that have been banned by various communities.

The Fiction Collection is located in the Reference area of the 5th floor behind the attorney member carrels.

These books can be checked out for 28 days (note the yellow dots).

We also welcome donations.

Come browse the collection.

If you need help, ask a librarian!

~Betty Thomas~

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Know Your Law Library: DVD Collection

Hooray it is summer!  Maybe you need a break from your classes… you might be interested in one of our lesser known collections. The Charlotte School of Law Library has an extensive collection of DVDs both fiction and non-fiction.

The collection of over 400 titles is located in the Reference area on the 5th floor behind the attorney member carrels.

There are classic movies like 10 Angry Men and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid to television series such as Law and Order. There are recent documentaries: Civil Remedy (human trafficking) and The Loving Story (miscegenation). Of course, there are more entertaining titles like Legally Blonde and Lord of the Rings. There is something for everyone.


In searching the catalog for these DVDs, use the keyword videorecording in the search box and select DVD format from the facets on the left side of the screen to see the long list of DVDs.

DVDs can be checked out for 7 days.

If you need help, just ask a librarian!

~Betty Thomas~

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April Sidebar and Coffee Event in the Law Library – From Matewan to the Upper Big Branch Disaster: The historical context, and current ramifications, of Caperton v. Massey

The history of coal mining in the United States is rife with drama – mining accidents, labor disputes, environmental issues, family feuds, not to mention greed and corruption.  Please join Professor Jason Huber on April 22nd, between 11-Noon in the East Reading Room of the CSL library as he discusses Caperton v. A.T.  Massey Coal Co., the U.S. Supreme Court decision which set the current judicial recusal standards.  Professor Huber will discuss the due process violations of that case and will also trace some of the history of coal mining in the U.S. and specifically in West Virginia.

If you can’t make it to the coffee talk, take a moment to check out our latest book display in the library!



April 22nd is Earth Day. In recognition of the event, we have created a new book display in the hallway near the Library User Experience (LUX) desk. Below the “I Love You Planet Earth” poster are three shelves of books dealing with environmental law. The first highlights management of and advocacy for our natural resources. The second shelf includes books on the topic of sustainable development. The third shelf has resources concerning climate change. These materials are available for check-out.

~Susan Catterall & Betty Thomas~

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