Good writing and, in particular, good legal writing is not an easy endeavor. To most legal writers, proper citation format is Public Enemy #1. I started out my career with absolutely no idea of how to create a proper legal citation. In fact, in my first year of law school, every writing assignment that I submitted was returned with a note, “Please see the TA.” Ouch!
With the help of legal-writing guru, John Paschetto, I did manage to conquer the citation monster. Today, I even teach a class on Bluebooking skills at our firm. Go figure! But there will always be occasions when I just don’t know how a specific source should be cited.
For example, how do you properly cite rest-stop restroom graffiti? Or what about the future as predicted by a magic 8-ball? I can’t say I’ve ever actually had the need to cite to any of these “alternative sources” but, just in case someday I do, I’ll have the proper resource at hand. And so can you, just visit the website of the PostModern Language Association to learn about its latest rulings on alternative source citations.