bluebook

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

blue +‎ book

Noun[edit]

bluebook (plural bluebooks)

  1. A blank booklet of lined paper used in the administration of examinations, so named because of its pale blue front and back covers.
    • 2000, Ann Lathrop, Kathleen E. Foss, Student Cheating and Plagiarism in the Internet Era: A Wake-up Call, Libraries Unlimited, page 144:
      Bluebooks are designed to prevent cheating but sometimes they provide cover for cheaters when the student brings an extra blue book with notes, equations, dates, etc. (Wein 1).
    • 2003, Tonsing, Dennis J., 1000 Days to the Bar, But the Practice of Law Begins Now, Wm. S. Hein Publishing, page 84:
      The words you will eventually write in your exam bluebook will include the words you have learned by heart, but they will constitute only a portion of the analytical presentation you will develop.
    • 2005, Fred Obrecht, Boak Ferris, How To Prepare For The California State University Writing Proficiency Exams, page 3
      What should I bring to the exam? Are pens or bluebooks required? Is scratch paper supplied?