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Law: Referencing

Resources for legal research, writing and referencing.

What is AGLC?

The Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC) is produced by the Melbourne University Law Review Association in collaboration with the Melbourne Journal of International Law. Currently the 3rd edition is the most recent.

You can access this manual either online or in hard copy:

It is a good idea to familiarise yourself with 'Part 1: General Rules' as it outlines the essence of the referencing style and will give you a good foundation.

Legal Abbreviations

Legal citations abbreviate case law series and legal journals. Here are some sources you can use to find the full series title (or vice versa):

Referencing guide to AGLC3

The guides below have been prepared by Curtin University Library. Scroll down to see the new interactive referencing guide.

Zotero for Law

Zotero is a free reference management software designed to store and manage your references. It works particularly well with AGLC referencing. The Library has prepared the following workbooks to guide you in the use of Zotero: 

Using AGLC with EndNote

EndNote is referencing software which enables you to create your own database of references and display them in a preferred referencing style. To learn more about EndNote and download the software, go to the Library's EndNote LibGuide.

To help you get started the Library has put together a step by step guide to using EndNote with AGLC:

What is referencing?

Referencing acknowledges the ideas and information sources you have used in assignments.

Primary materials, such as legislation and case reports, and secondary materials such as journal articles, books, legal encylopaedias and commentaries must be referenced.

You must reference direct quotations, facts and figures, and any ideas and theories that you use. The reader can then find the original source of information you have used.

If you do not reference correctly, you may be accused of plagiarism.

Please check your unit outline for the referencing style you must use.

This page provides information about the Australian Guide to Legal Citation, 3rd edition (AGLC). If you are studying non-law units, you may be required to use another style. Curtin Library has referencing guides for Chicago, APA and Vancouver styles.

AGLC

Interactive Referencing Guide