Recommended Books

BlueLedge recommends the following books as a solid foundation on which you can build a very successful court reporting and legal transcriptionist career.

Legal References:

The Legal Assistant’s Handbook, available at The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc., Washington, D.C.

Legal Word Book, Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, Massachusetts

The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, 19th Edition, Harvard Law Review Association, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Dictionary of Legal Terms, Steven H. Gifis, Barron’s Educational Series, Inc., Hauppauge, New York

BLACK’S LAW DICTIONARY – FIFTH EDITION, West Publishing Company, St. Paul, Minnesota

Bouviers Law Dictionary and Concise Encyclopedia, West Publishing Company, St. Paul, Minnesota

Canadian Criminal Code (Paperback) (R.S.C. , 1985, c. C-46)


The Random House Dictionary of the English Language, Second Edition, Random House, New York, New York

Funk & Wagnall’s Standard College Dictionary, Funk & Wagnall’s Publishing Company, New York, New York

Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary, Eighth Edition, G. & C. Merriam Company, Springfield, Massachusetts

Third New International Dictionary of the English Language, G. & C. Merriam Company, Springfield, Massachusetts

English Handbooks and Stylebooks:

The Gregg Reference Manual, William A. Sabin, Glencoe Division, Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, Westerville, Ohio

The Gregg Reference Manual, 7th Canadian Edition, Sabin, McGraw-Hill Ryerson Limited

Webster’s New World English Grammar Handbook, by Wiley, Hoboken, NJ

Legal Secretary’s Complete Handbook, 2nd Edition, Bessie Maymiller, Prentice-Hall, Inc., Englewood Cliffs, NJ

U. S. Government Printing Office Style Manual: An Official Guide to the Form and Style of Federal Government Printing, 2008 (Hardcover), Washington, DC


Dorland’s Illustrated Medical Dictionary with CD-ROM (Dorland’s Medical Dictionary), W.B. Saunders Co., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Medical Phrase Index, Fifth Edition, Medical Economics Company, Oradell, New Jersey

Psychiatric Words and Phrases, Mary Ann and Elizabeth D’Onofrio, Health Professions Institute, Modesto, California