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Bluebooking and Legal Citation

Rules for U.S. Regulations

  • B14- basic format for regulations in court documents.
  • R14.2- detailed format for regulations in academic writing.
  • T1.2 Department of the Treasury- special rules for tax regulations.



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  1. Your professor or court system may have special rules.
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Basic Bluebook Format for U.S. Regulations

Basic Format

1 C.F.R. § 1 (2016)

Formatting Tips

  • C.F.R. is in all capitals. Everything else is in normal type.
  • To make the § symbol in Word, select Insert > Symbol, then select §. Click Insert to add the symbol or Shortcut Key to create an easy to remember keyboard shortcut, like Alt S. (See Screencap tab.)
  • T1.2 of the Bluebook provides a special format for tax regulations. Rather than citing these regulations as 26 C.F.R. § 1.1-1 (2018), cite these regulations as Treas. Reg. § 1.1-1 (2018).

Finding the Title and Section for the C.F.R.

The title and section of the C.F.R. are shown at the top of the page on Lexis and Westlaw and at the top of the page and the beginning of the regulation in print and exact copies of the print, as found on HeinOnline and GovInfo. (See Screencap tabs.)

Finding the Year for the C.F.R.

The C.F.R. is published yearly, with different titles published throughout the year. For example, Titles 1-17 are published in January, while Titles 42-50 are not published until October.

The year will always be the current year or the year before. To confirm the correct year, you will need to check your regulation in the print C.F.R. or an exact copy of the print C.F.R.

The U.S. Government Publishing Office (which publishes the C.F.R.) provides authenticated exact copies of the C.F.R. on its website, govinfo:

Additionally, HeinOnline provides scans of the print C.F.R. and the library maintains a copy of the print C.F.R.: