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Using Legal Citation Checking and Citation Management Software

This guide aids BC law students in cite checking their documents and in managing their research files.

Resources for BC Law students

There are multiple resources for BC Law faculty and students to use in performing citation checks on their papers.  The software programs listed here will allow you to either check your citations as you type them or to upload a document and check whether the citations conform to Bluebook format.  

Please check your course guidelines or speak with your professor to ensure that you are allowed to use these products.  Some classes, such as LRR&W, have course rules restricting the use of citation-formatting aids.

Lexis for Microsoft Office

Lexis offers registered users the option of downloading a Word add-in known as Lexis for Microsoft Office. Once you’ve downloaded Lexis for Microsoft Office, it will appear in your Word ribbon.  You can cite-check a document for conformance to BlueBook style and the software will flag any citations which do not correspond to a citation in the Lexis database.  In addition, you can run a Shepard’s citation check for all citations in your document in addition to the cite check process. After you’ve reviewed the Shepard’s flags, you can remove the flags from the document prior to submission.  In addition, you can create a table of authorities for your document using Lexis for Microsoft Office. Download this add-on by navigating to  Enter your Lexis Advance username and password. From the next screen, select "Productivity Tools" from the list of resources.


Westlaw offers WestCheck as an add-on to Word to allow you to create a list of the citations contained your document and check your citations automatically in KeyCite. You will be required to log in after clicking this link before you can access Westcheck. WestCheck is web-based and requires no downloads.