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Cite Checking Resources: Checking Sources

This guide is designed to help law students start their first cite checking assignment, and is also intended to be a reference that students can return to at anytime for assistance with typical cite checking questions.

Checking Sources

  • Check the accuracy of the author, title, publication year, and page numbers.
  • Check that all claims are supported by the sources that are cited.
  • Check that pinpoint citations and id., supra, and infra cross-references are provided and correct.
  • Confirm that the source is current. 
    • Shepardize or Keycite, and check the supplement when applicable.