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Don't let the Bluebook drive you crazy!
The following tips will prevent most (but certainly not all) Bluebook frustration:
1. Use the index to find what you need!
2. Do you find the Bluebook rules confusing? Look for and copy citation examples.
3. Use the Bluebook Tables 1 & 2 to find citation examples for specific jurisdictions (both U.S. and foreign jurisdictions).
Characteristics of a Good Article or Note Topic
Original: your article/note should offer original research, ideas, and/or conclusions; it should bring something new to the world of legal scholarship.
Topical: an article/note usually should concern itself with issues of current interest.
Unlikely to be Rendered Moot in the Near Future: It could be pointless to writie on a circuit split if the Supreme Court has granted review and will render a decision before your note will be published. Also, avoid basing your article on volatile world situations that could change substantially at any time.
Narrow: you cannot take on the world. It is better chose a narrow topic and examine it thoroughly, than to be overwhelmed by a broader topic.
By Beatrice Tice, University of Michigan Law Library.