"The central function of a legal citation is to allow the reader to efficiently locate the cited source."
Source: The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (Columbia Law Review Ass'n et al. eds., 19th ed. 2010).
1. Helps the reader to find more information or to locate the work cited.
2. Gives the writer credibility. Is the work well researched? Did you cite the critical authorities relevant to your issue?
3. Helps the writer avoid plagiarism. You must give credit to the creator of the information. Conversely, you cannot claim credit for something you did not create.
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