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How to Cite Sources in Your Research Paper: Citing Electronic Resources/Legal & Government Citations

A guide on how to cite your sources and avoid plagiarism

Citing Electronic Resources:Purdue Own

Citing Elecronic Resources


How to Cite Electronic Resources

Rules for Citing Websites

  • Important Reminder: Use caution when referencing the internet. Many websites are not appropriate/credible sources. Use only the highest quality sites.
    • When in doubt, CRAAP test it! CRAAP stands for currency, relevance, accuracy, authority, and purpose. Use these metrics to determine whether or not a website is a good resource for you.
  • Authors don't have to be people. If you can't find an individual responsible for the content, look for an organization or corporate author.

Legal and Government Citing


Legal and Government Citations

Citing legal sources is often a little more difficult than other types of sources. The resources listed on this page should assist you in citing legal sources.

Bluebooking Guide -- Gives examples of Bluebook citations for various types of legal materials. Maintained by the New England School of Law.

Introduction to Basic Legal Citation -- Part of Cornell's Legal Information Institute, this site is maintained by Peter W. Martin. Revised to reflect changes in the most recent editions of the Bluebook and the ALWD Citation Manual.