How to Cite Black's Law Dictionary

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First published in 1891, Black's Law Dictionary is considered by many to be the premier reference for legal terms and quotations. The dictionary follows its own form of citation. It is form commonly recognised and used by legal professionals throughout the United States.

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  1. 1

    List the title being sure to underline it.

  2. 2

    List the number of the page you are referencing.

  3. 3

    List the edition you are referencing and the year it was published. This information should appear in parentheses, and should be followed by a period that falls outside of the parenthetical mark. The word "edition" should be abbreviated. For example: (9th ed. 2009).

  4. 4

    Ensure your completed citation appears as follows, and the title of the dictionary is underlined as in: Black's Law Dictionary 435 (9th ed. 2009).

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