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blue +‎ book


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?


bluebook (third-person singular simple present bluebooks, present participle bluebooking, simple past and past participle bluebooked)

  1. (law) To format a document, particularly a legal document including citations, according to the rules of the Bluebook, a US style guide.
    • 1988, The Hastings Law Journal, Vol. 39, Part 2, page 914.
      After all, the nonmember author who has never participated in the endless chores of bluebooking and typing is more successful than most law review members in writing a piece of publishable quality.