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1-L Survival Guide

This guide provides vital information on library services for first year law students.


Legal dictionaries provide short definitions or explanations of terms and phrases. The sources for the definitions will vary by dictionary.  Legal dictionaries are great places to get an understanding of legal terminology but they are not particularly authoritative sources. 

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Search UCLID for additional legal dictionaries by clicking the link below:

Law -- United States -- Dictionaries

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Citation Format for Dictionaries


Rule 15.8 and B15.1 of The Bluebook (21st ed. 2020) governs the citation of dictionaries.


The citation should include the following:

  • Word (italicized)
  • Dictionary (underlined)
  • Edition
  • Year


Replevin, Black's Law Dictionary (10th ed. 2014).


Rule 22.1(a) of the ALWD Citation Manual (7th ed.) covers the citation of dictionaries.


The citation should include the following:

  • Title of the Dictionary (italicized of underlined)
  • Page number
  • Editor
  • Edition
  • Year


Black's Law Dictionary 14291 (Bryan A. Garner ed., 10th ed. 2014).


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