CiteRight allows you to insert citations, embed hyperlinks, generate your table of authorities, and create your books of authorities in seconds! Using CiteRight in your drafting process also has important considerations for document assembly and if last-minute changes are required. In this article, you'll learn about how to cite your cases like a pro in a range of formats and styles.
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Citing your cases using CiteRight
Now that your cases are all added to CiteRight, you can easily view those by opening up CiteRight in Microsoft Word and clicking on a case that you want to cite. See below for how that would work.
Open CiteRight and select a case
Presto! Case cited!
Learn more! How to cite a case
Sometimes you'll be required to email references to your colleagues with web hyperlinks. A helpful tip! Citing a case in Word, applying hyperlinks from the preferences menu, and copying the entire reference to an email retains the web hyperlinks!
Citing custom references
In many instances, you'll need to cite things other than Canadian caselaw. In those situations, you can always create a custom citation. There are many advantages to creating a custom reference:
- It remains consistent across your documents
- Ibids and supras are formatted automatically
- They will be automatically included in your CiteRight-generated table of authorities
- A placeholder will be created in your book of authorities
Learn more! How to create a custom reference
If you cite a lot of custom references, try to create one document where they're all stored. That way you can easily copy those from one document to another without creating them a second time!
Understanding the Citation and Pinpoints Preferences
In order to format your citations, you'll need to go to the Preferences section. It can be found in the ribbon of the CiteRight Microsoft Word Add-In as shown below.
By default, the system sets these as shown below.
The preferences section is divided into 4 tabs: Citations, Book of Authorities, Pinpoints, and Other. In this section, you'll learn about each one.
There are three main categories of preferences, style, formats, and hyperlinks (source links)
The style option allows you to choose how you want your references displayed, either as a footnote or in line with your text.
When you choose the footnote option, a footnote marker is placed in the document and it automatically creates the footnote itself once the reference is cited as shown below.
This option inputs the reference cited in the body of your document as shown below.
These options determine how CiteRight inserts your references into your document. If short form, ibid and supra selected, the reference(s) that you cite with CiteRight will look like this:
These options can independently be turned off or on depending on your preference.
Learn more: Working with ibids, supras, and short forms
When the case is saved, CiteRight automatically stores the hyperlink and allows you to embed it in your reference as shown below. This makes it simple to add hyperlinks by just indicating to CiteRight where that hyperlink should appear.
Alternatively, you can include it at the end of the reference like below.
Learn more: How to change a source hyperlink
By default, CiteRight prints the pinpoints of a cited reference as at para so your reference looks like the below.
However, you may want to change how that's represented. CiteRight allows you to customize the pinpoint indications across your document.
Learn more: How to change pinpoint expressions
Making edits to citations
One of the many advantages to using CiteRight is that edits to your citations or pinpoints are really easy to make! All you need to do is click on the reference you'd like to edit and the case text will appear in the side panel.
Note: When you click on a case, the Cite button now changes to Update. This lets you know that CiteRight is ready to swap out or update your existing reference.
Learn more: How to replace a reference you've already cited
Learn more: How to change pinpoint expressions
Learn more: How to modify a reference
Learn more: How to modify short form appearances
If you are going to be working on a long document, turn off instant rendering. This will stop the system from live updating the CiteRight references as you cite them with ibids, supras, and short forms.
Learn more: How to use the Instant Render feature
I'm receiving the "Please insert reference outside of content control" error, what do I do?
Generating a table of authorities
Now that you've cited all your references, a table of authorities is just a click away!
Learn more: How to add a Table of Authorities