Re-Evaluating Legal Citation in a Digital Landscape
Legal Information Management, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp. 190-205, September 2017
Posted: 16 Feb 2018
Date Written: September 30, 2017
Increasing access to digital works and the proliferation of digital genres has changed the way in which we conceive of information, and particularly legal information, including how it is represented within legal citation practice. This article contributes to the discourse around legal citation in two ways. It first provides a theoretical justification for citation practice as an element of legal information management crucial to effective scholarship, including knowledge creation and dissemination. Secondly, and based on this theoretical foundation, it identifies the challenges facing existing legal citation practice in the face of new media, new representations of legal scholarship, and new objectives for citation practice. Finally, in this article we distil foundation principles for citation to integrate these diverse elements. To illustrate the application of these principles, the article closes with suggested citation practices designed to enhance the existing framework in this digital landscape.
Keywords: Digital Citations, Legal Education, Digital Scholarship, Legal Citations
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