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How to Read Legal Citations Found in Case Law and Court Opinions

For More Information on Citations (MLA, APA, Chicago)

This page will get you started, but for more information, you can click here to see the Library's comprehensive guide to Citing Sources.

Citations in OneSearch

Citations in OneSearch

NOTE: for a more detailed guide to citations, please visit LAVC Library's Cite Sources Guide.

One advantage of doing your research through the Library website is access to built-in citation tools. OneSearch has the ability to create full citations with the click of a button! To generate a citation for your article, simply click on the blue quotation mark symbol (") located to the right of the article's title (see picture below). OneSearch can generate citations in MLA, APA, and Chicago/Turabian styles.


You can also generate a citation after clicking on an article's title by clicking on the "CITATION" button under "Send to" (see below):

Heads up: almost every database, even those not included in a OneSearch search, will give you the option to click on a "cite" button and generate an automatic citation.

Warning: Be careful! On rare occasions, OneSearch (and other online citation generators) will make a mistake with their citations. Before you copy/paste any of these citations into your work, make sure to take the time to check them for accuracy. Common citation mistakes include: no hanging indent, incorrect use of italics, incorrect use of capital letters, improper inclusion of a URL.

Use the LAVC Library's Cite Sources Guide to make sure your MLA/APA citations are accurate!

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