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Resources for Law Journal Staff: Deciphering Abbreviations

The Bluebook

The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed. 2015), RESERVE KF245 .B58 2015
The new 21st ed. just came out over the summer of 2020.

Several copies are on reserve.
Also available in an online subscription at and as an app for your iPhone or iPad at


How can I figure out what an abbreviation or acronym stands for?


Mary Miles Prince, Prince’s Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations (7th ed. 2017), KF246 .B46 2017 The front of the book alphabetically lists abbreviations and acronyms found in legal citations and provides the full name of the source, while the back of the book starts with the source and provides the abbreviation.

Igor I Kavass & Mary Miles Prince, World Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations (1991-), K89 .K38 1991 (Looseleaf-latest update in our library is 2006) Deciphers legal abbreviations from dozens of countries around the world.

All That JAS  Look up a journal by its abbreviation.  Covers all disciplines.

Acronym Finder Free online guide to the meaning of over one million abbreviations and acronyms.

GovSpeak: A Guide to U.S. Government Acronyms & Abbreviations Free online guide to the meaning of U.S. federal government acronyms and abbreviations.