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Please keep in mind:
Double check with your professor, outside guides, and the Bluebook rules themselves.
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Copy the subject and section shown at the top of the screen on Lexis or Westlaw. (See Screencap tabs.)
Note that Lexis and Westlaw almost always abbreviate the subject differently than the Bluebook does. The PDF below provides the Bluebook abbreviations:
Students often struggle to find the year of the California statutes on Lexis or Westlaw. This is because R18.2 requires you to cite to the print or an exact copy of the print. Neither Lexis or Westlaw provide an exact copy of their print statutes online, so you will need to access the print statutes on the second floor, across from the double doors. (See Location of California Print Statutes tab.)
To find the year, locate the volume that includes your statute and then use (in order of preference) the year on the spine, then the year on the title page, then the copyright year (R12.3.2.) Print California statutes are kept up-to-date by supplements- softcover pamphlets inserted in the back of each volume ("pocket parts") or placed next to the volume identifying any changes to a statute after the volume was printed. (See Photos of Checking the Date in Print tab.) Always check for any amendments to your statute in the supplement. Format the year as shown in R12.3.2, B12.1.2, and R3.1(c):
If you are citing more than one statute, you must check the date for each statute. The date will vary depend on which volume the statute is in and when it was last amended.
Check the Date of the Main Volume Where the Statute Is Found
Locate the main volume where the statute is found and check for the text of your statute. If you can't find the text of your statute in the main volume, it's likely in the supplement only (see next step.)
If you do find the text of your statute, check for (in order), a date on the spine, then a date on the title page, and then a copyright date. Here, there is no year on the spine or title page, so use the copyright year- 2013.
Check For A Supplement in the Back of the Book or Next to the Book
Here, the supplement is inserted in the back of the book and is dated 2017.
Check If Your Statute Is Amended or Added In the Supplement
Here, the supplement jumps directly from § 2128 to § 2301, indicating that § 2250 has not been amended. Accordingly, the date for this section is the date of the main volume, 2013:
Cal. Fish & Game Code § 2250 (West 2013)
For § 2120, West has added annotations (notes suggesting related cases, secondary sources, and other materials) about the statute but the text of the statute itself has not been amended. Accordingly, the date for this section is also 2013:
Cal. Fish & Game Code § 2120 (West 2013)
In contrast, the text of § 2301 has been amended, so it is cited as:
Cal. Fish & Game Code § 2301 (West 2013 & Supp. 2017)
Finally, the text of § 2128 is completely new and is not found in the main volume, so it is cited as:
Cal. Fish & Game Code § 2128 (Supp. 2017)
Some professors allow students to cite to Lexis or Westlaw. If your professor allows this, for the year use the currency of the database as provided by the database itself. (See Screencap tabs.) Format as shown in R12.5(a):
If you are citing more than one statute, you can use the same date for all statutes. The date does not refer to the last time the statute was amended but, rather, to the most recent statutes included in the database. For example, if Westlaw says it is current through Ch. 9 of the 2017 Reg. Sess., that means Westlaw has been updated to include all statutes passed by the California legislature up to and including the 9th statute passed during the 2017 regular session.