The next major step in a cite check is to locate the sources cited in your footnotes. The Bluebook requires citation to print sources "unless there is a digital copy of the source available that is authenticated, official, or an exact copy of the printed source" (this often means a PDF, though it can be a website if the governing authority has designated it as such). See Rule 18 for more information.
Working from home: Be sure to read the Access to Databases Guide carefully for information on accessing licensed database resources.
Knowing where to look: Each of the tabs in the box below provides tips on locating a common type of source found in cite checks.
Please see the "Using the Library Catalogs" box at the bottom of this column for more information about using UC Library Search.
Bluebook Rule 21.4.5 requires determining whether the United States is a party to the treaty and whether the treaty is bilateral or multilateral.
Searching the UCLA Catalog
Whether you are looking for a physical volume in the library or an electronic version of a source through a subscription database, begin with the UCLA Catalog via UC Library Search.
In the catalog record, look for:
When using UC Library Search, it is important to realize that the catalog includes titles of books, names of journals, and titles of government documents, but it does not reliably contain the titles of individual articles published in a journal.
As an example, let's say you are looking for the following article:
Eugene Volokh, Medical Self-Defense, Prohibited Experimental Therapies, and Payment for Organs, 120 Harv. L. Rev. 1813 (2006).
To locate the article, search the catalog for the journal title (Harvard Law Review) and NOT the title of Prof. Volokh’s article (Medical Self-Defense . . .).
Locating Materials Outside UCLA
The WorldCat database collects data on the holdings of libraries throughout the United States and the world. WorldCat can help you with your cite check in two ways.