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How do you Cite to a CFR Appendix?

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Librarians, like mathematicians, find humor in the oddest places, so unless you’re one of us, don’t expect to find this as funny as I did:

While catching up on the back-issue research tip wonders to be found in the excellent LLSDC Law Library Lights newsletters, I came upon this article:

“Beyond the Pale: Finding Your Way Back From a Citation Netherworld,” by John Cannan, in Law Library Lights, Summer 2010, pp. 14-15.

Not only did John soldier on to find these and more CFR Appendix citation possibilities, but he got to consult with a Bluebook Diva – wowsers:

  • 34 C.F.R. pt. 300, app. A.II (2004) [I think the comma is not right]
  • 29 C.F.R. § 1630.2(l) app. (2007)
  • 29 C.F.R. § 1630 app. at 368 (2007) [I think the page is a little weird, but should have comma before it if it has to be there]
  • 45 C.F.R. pt. 84, App. A, at 358 (1997) [no caps for the app.]
  • 12 C.F.R. pt. 30, app. B (2006) [again with the comma]
  • 29 C.F.R. app. § 1630.9 (2008) [I don’t know if the app. is divided into subparts, but I have a feeling this is just backwards].
  • 7 C.F.R. § 277 app. A (2007)
  • 29 C.F.R. pt. 1630 app. § 1630.2(o) (2006)
  • 31 C.F.R. Ch. V, App. A (2005) [a chapter? seriously?]

AND MORE! [Link to the article.]

As someone who used to teach The Bluebook (to Yale Law students, bless their hearts – I hope they’ve forgiven me), I learned that a human-citator (citationist?) has to be bold – and librarians who have to find the darn documents that people cite to so badly can be both bold and clever when it comes to crafting citations. (Librarians-rock on! Peace out, dawg!)