Answered By: Vicki Sciuk
Last Updated: Oct 15, 2022     Views: 15765

Westlaw can create legal citations for you, although they are not easy to find. For Legal Studies courses, your professor will instruct you that all cases, laws and articles should be legal citations formatted according to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (the main guide for legal citation, especially for law review articles), or the ALWD Guide to Legal Citation (which covers the same information, but is clearer and aimed at students and practicing attorneys). This is the legal reference citation style you will use for your all legal studies classes and be able to generate from Westlaw.

Our Legal Research guide has more information about the Bluebook and a Bluebook Quick Style Guide on the Citation Formats page: 

The Bluebook and ALWD Guide are also available in print at most of Berkeley's libraries. 

[If you are looking for how to do APA or MLA citations of legal cases or laws for other classes, check out this FAQ instead: How do I cite court cases in an APA or MLA-formatted paper?].

Here's an example of how to get a Bluebook/ALWD legal reference to a court case from Westlaw:
First you should select/highlight the very brief legal cite at the top of the court decision, highlight the text as if you are about to copy it. ("93 S.Ct. 705" in the screenshot below). Then a box will open up with several types of legal citations you can get, such as ALWD, standard, Westlaw, and ones for every state. Pick ALWD, then click on "Copy with Reference (ALWD)" and when you go to paste, you will see it listed in ALWD/Bluebook legal style, with all the info necessary for a lawyer to find the case: 

Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), holding modified by Planned Parenthood of S.E. Pennsylvania v. Casey, 505 U.S. 833 (1992)

Here's a law review journal article about Roe v Wade in Westlaw (a secondary source). 
Again, select the brief cite on top ("49 Seton Hall L. Rev. 307" in the screenshot below) and choose ALWD from the dropdown to get a Bluebook-style reference:

Once you click on "Copy with Reference (ALWD)" you will get a legal citation for that article:

Catherine Martin Christopher, Nevertheless She Persisted: Comparing Roe v. Wade's Two Oral Arguments, 49 Seton Hall L. Rev. 307 (2019).

If your instructor wants you to use italics for titles, like in the Bluebook 21st edition Quick Style Guide, just change the underlining to italics.

Catherine Martin Christopher, Nevertheless She Persisted: Comparing Roe V. Wade's Two Oral Arguments, 49 Seton Hall L. Rev. 307 (2019).

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