Rule 18.3 of The Bluebook states that commercial databases such as Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law should be cited in preference to other Internet citations. For citation format, see the following rules:
Codes should be cited according to R. 12.3, but if citing to an electronic database, additional information is required per R. 12.5.
Cal. Bus. & Prof. § 1670.2 (West, WestlawNext with urgency legislation through Ch. 264 of 2015 Reg. Sess.).
Cal. Bus. & Prof. § 1670.2 (Deering, Lexis Advance for urgency legislation through Ch. 240 of the 2015 Legis. Sess., approved Sept. 2, 2015).
Secondary sources should be cited according to the rules for that source, but add a parallel cite to an electronic database. Include the database identifer if it is available.
Pamela Wood, Freddie Gray Case Becomes a Legal Lesson, Wash. Post, Sept. 9, 2015, at B5, 2015 WLNR 26684354.
According to Rules 10.8.1 and 18.3.1, an "unreported" case may be cited to an electronic database.
Beaven v. U.S. Dep't of Justice, No. 03-84-JBC, 2007 WL 1032301, at *3 (E.D. Ky. Mar. 30, 2007).
Beaven v. U.S. Dep't of Justice, No. 03-84-JBC, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 24459, at *3 (E.D. Ky. Mar. 30, 2007).
Beaven v. Ridley-Turner, No. 3:04-CV-160 RM (N.D. Ind. Apr. 18. 2005) (CaseMaker, U.S. District Court Case Law).
Use the database identifier in the short form.
Beaven, 2007 WL 1032301, at *3.
Beaven, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 24459, at *3.
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