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Business Law: Referencing

Resources for legal research, writing and referencing.

CBS referencing support

If you are a CBS student, you can find help from the Academic Communication Development team. They provide free workshops and resources to help with academic writing, referencing, communication and study skills.

You can find more help and advice below.

Copyright and digital rights management

Copyright protects an author's work from unauthorised copying. All Curtin staff and students must comply with copyright legislation.

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:

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):

What is referencing?

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

Quotes, facts and figures, ideas and theories must be referenced. If you include parts of someone else's work without referencing them, you could be accused of plagiarism.

Please explore this page for referencing information. You can also view the Referencing LibGuide for more help.

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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: 

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

The DOI (Digital Object Identifier) pinpoints one specific article among all those published electronically, by all publishers. A live DOI link can lead you to the full text of the article, if your library has a subscription to the electronic journal it is published in. To create a link using a DOI, you can use the DOI itself preceded by the text

For example:

Referencing styles

There are different styles of referencing assignments. Check your unit outline or ask your tutor to find the correct style to use.

You can download guides to some commonly used styles at Curtin.

You can also find out about copyright information and restrictions below.


Using EndNote can help you to organise your references. Click on the EndNote LibGuide to learn more.

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.