August 28, 2012
A Blue Book Bites The Dust
There are all kinds of “blue books” out there. There are the Uniform System of Citations, the various reports from the Joint Committee on Taxation, and the venerable booklets in which law students write their exams. And, if it matters, there’s the one for car valuation. These are all safe, so far.
I understand that Thomson Reuters is discontinuing the National Reporter Blue Book because of “insufficient market interest.” I mentioned this to another librarian who remarked “What does it do again?” I think that may have been the overriding result of any market research TR may have conducted on the decision to cancel the title. For the record, it converts citations from official state reports to citations in the National Reporter System. I don’t believe I’ve used the set in at least 25 years or more. Parallel cites are easily available in every online legal research system and through just about every search engine out there. The need for the National Reporter Blue Book as a print publication is nil. I’m surprised it lasted this long. [MG]
Funny thing is that everyone that comes into our library is trying to convert FROM the national reporters to something else.
Posted by: Noel | Aug 31, 2012 7:32:07 AM
I wonder if TR just realized that it has still been publishing it. I think the last time I used the Blue Book was during my Law Librarianship course in library school back in 1979.
Posted by: Joe Hodnicki | Aug 29, 2012 2:57:09 AM
Effect of the advancement of our technology knowing references are almost available online and ebooks are just clicks away to discover.
Posted by: Louisa Engebretson | Aug 28, 2012 10:48:20 PM
Gee, I thought that it was cancelled a long time ago. I think that I used it once in the late 1980s and that was just for the experience.
Posted by: John Nann | Aug 28, 2012 2:05:29 PM