CiteGenie
Automagically copy text with correct citations from Westlaw, Lexis, and other websites.*

"We cannot impress too strongly upon counsel in all cases the importance to us of correct citations." Hughes v. Wyatt, 125 N.W. 334, 336 (Iowa 1910).
NOTICE: As of Firefox 52 Firefox has decided to kill the NAPI plugin API.  See this article.  Later this year (estimated November) Firefox will also kill XUL / XPCOM / legacy add-ons.  At that point CiteGenie will not work any longer.  There is nothing we can do about it. 

The Chrome APIs do not have support for the critical clipboard functions that CiteGenie needs, so rewriting CiteGenie for Chrome is not a solution.

We will be monitoring developments.  Hopefully, Google will open up the necessary clipboard functions in Chrome one day.  But unless that happens the only solution is to keep a version of Firefox prior to version 57 and not upgrade it.

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

Menu image When CiteGenie 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 example shows CiteGenie in operation.

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 44.x. For later versions of Firefox, please try the current alpha version of CiteGenie.


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* Westlaw, Lexis, and other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.  They are used here only to denote the identity of services with which CiteGenie is designed to operate and do not indicate any endorsement or approval by those services.