For legal abbreviations that were not found online, look for one of the following printed sources. These publications can be found regularly in legal and other libraries. See also “Display” above. “vs.” is used in most scientific writings in other fields, but “v.” only in legal writing. It is common in legal documents to cite other publications using standard abbreviations for the title of each source. Abbreviations can also be found for common words or legal phrases. These citations and abbreviations can be found in court decisions, laws, ordinances, journal articles, books, and other documents. Below is a basic list of very common abbreviations. Because publishers use different practices when it comes to printing abbreviations, it may happen that abbreviations with or without a period are given for each letter. For example, the Code of Federal Regulations may appear abbreviated as “C.F.R.” or simply “CFR.” This definition appears frequently and can be found in the following acronym search categories: For abbreviations that are not in this list, you can find other websites for searching here:.