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Cutting and pasting when doing legal research using your
browser is simple. But having to construct the citation
for what you pasted is not so simple. This is especially true
with legal citations from sources like Westlaw. You have to stop
and copy the case name separately, determine the pinpoint page
numbers, and adjust the date and court name format.
So I decided to write a browser plugin that would automatically
add a pinpoint citation to the text I copy and paste. Thus
CiteGenie™ was born.
How it works
is installed, it adds a new option to the
browser's right-click menu to "Copy with CiteGenie." To use
CiteGenie, simply highlight the text in the court opinion,
right-click and select the "Copy with CiteGenie" option (or just
press Ctrl-Shift-C). Then you can paste the text into any
other program, such as your word processor, and the text will be
pasted, along with the pinpoint citation for the selected text
from the court opinion. This illustrated
CiteGenie™ does not access the web site
containing the document you are copying from. What many people
don't realize is that when you are vewing a document in your
browser, your computer already has a complete copy of that
document already in its memory. CiteGenie™ does what a human would do -- it starts from
the point where you are copying text, and looks at the
surrounding text (already in your computer's memory) to
determine the citation for that text.
CiteGenie™ will create citations in
Bluebook, MLA, APA, Chicago, and Wikipedia formats.
CiteGenie™ has been tested and works in
Firefox 1.5 through 12.x. For later versions of Firefox, please
try the current beta
version of CiteGenie.