Thursday, April 29, 2010
I was an early fan of the ALWD manual as a substitute for the Bluebook. But I've just received the fourth edition of the ALWD Manual and my first impression is that it has almost become a monster. It is now spiral-bound (at least the version I received about an hour ago) and weighs more than two pounds (two pounds and four ounces if you want to know the exact weight).
How will students react to the new edition? The ones who I've showed it to are almost frightened by it. It simply is BIG.
The new version does contain many useful features that we featured in a post last month. And I will certainly use it for my own citation needs. But I'm concerned about how big the book is growing. The third edition (shown in the picture to the left) was 572 pages. The fourth edition (not yet shown) is 661 pages.
If you teach legal research and writing, you'll likely be receiving a review copy soon. You can also request a review copy from the publisher directly.
Please use the comment feature on this blog to share your thoughts with us -- not just about the look and feel but also about the substance. And if you use something like the electronic version of the Bluebook, please share your thoughts with us on that as well.
As for substance, the ALWD manual is easier to teach and to use. Is this new size a price of that ease?
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