Blue Book

Blue Book in United States

Practical Information

When someone says “The Blue Book,” they can mean:

  • The N.A.D.A. Official Used Car Guide, which lists the price of used cars. Could also mean one of the other N.A.D.A. guides. See “Automobile Valuation Information”; or
  • The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, traditionally the leading legal citation manual. See “Citations” in this legal Encyclopedia; or
  • (c) The California Blue Book, which presents pictures and biographies of California state government officials and legislators, plus descriptions of California government agencies; or
  • The explanation of a tax law written by the staffers on the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation. See “Internal Revenue Code and Regulations.” See also “Congressional Reports;”
  • The Blue Book of questions asked to and answered by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation at the annual Enrolled Actuaries Meeting and posted here by the PBGC. See also the Actuarial Information entry;
  • A book produced by the Federal Reserve staff for the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) officially titled, Monetary Policy Alternatives. See “Federal Reserve System”.
  • A desk book officially titled New York Real Property Law (LexisNexis).
  • The Wisconsin Blue Book describes the organization of Wisconsin state government.

What is Blue Book?

For a meaning of it, read Blue Book in the Legal Dictionary here.


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Further Reading

Blue Book: Open and Free Legal Research of US Law

Federal Primary Materials

The U.S. federal government system consists of executive, legislative, and judicial branches, each of which creates information that can be the subject of legal research about Blue Book. This part provides references, in relation to Blue Book, to the legislative process, the federal judiciary, and the primary sources of federal law (cases, statutes, and regulations).

Federal primary materials about Blue Book by content types:

Laws and Regulations

US Constitution
Federal Statutory Codes and Legislation

Federal Case Law and Court Materials

U.S. Courts of Appeals
United States courts of appeals, inclouding bankruptcy courts and bankcruptcy appellate panels:

Federal Administrative Materials and Resources

Presidential Materials

Materials that emanate from the President’s lawmaking function include executive orders for officers in departments and agencies and proclamations for announcing ceremonial or commemorative policies. Presidential materials available include:

Executive Materials

Federal Legislative History Materials

Legislative history traces the legislative process of a particular bill (about Blue Book and other subjects) for the main purpose of determining the legislators’ intent behind the enactment of a law to explain or clarify ambiguities in the language or the perceived meaning of that law (about Blue Book or other topics), or locating the current status of a bill and monitoring its progress.

State Administrative Materials and Resources

State regulations are rules and procedures promulgated by state agencies (which may apply to Blue Book and other topics); they are a binding source of law. In addition to promulgating regulations, state administrative boards and agencies often have judicial or quasi-judicial authority and may issue administrative decisions affecting Blue Book. Finding these decisions can be challenging. In many cases, researchers about Blue Book should check state agency web sites for their regulations, decisions, forms, and other information of interest.

State rules and regulations are found in codes of regulations and administrative codes (official compilation of all rules and regulations, organized by subject matter). Search here:

State opinions of the Attorney General (official written advisory opinions on issues of state law related to Blue Book when formerly requested by a designated government officer):

Tools and Forms

Law in Other Regions

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