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Law: Citing and referencing

Resources for legal research and writing, including guides to broad areas of law.

Why cite?

Why do you need to cite?  

When submitting a piece of academic work, you need to properly acknowledge the material that you have consulted. This allows others who read your work to verify facts or research the same information more easily. Acknowledgment may be in the form of footnotes and/or a bibliography.

You must reference your sources whenever you quote, paraphrase, or use someone else's ideas or words.

To find out more about why citing and referencing appropriately is crucial, and how you can avoid unintentional plagiarism, take a look at:

The Law Faculty views plagiarism and undisclosed collusion seriously, partly on academic grounds and partly because of the possible impact of academic misdemeanors on legal practice. You may like to look up recent cases in Victoria (Re OG: a Lawyer) and in other States.

  • Read the journal article, Matthew Groves, 'Your Cheating Art Will Tell On You', (2009) 89(8) Law Institute Journal 43.

Quick AGLC resources

Tools to keep track of your references

What style does the Faculty of Law use?

Australian Guide to Legal Citation aglc3

Current edition - Melbourne University Law Review Association, 3rd ed, 2010.   

Available online (pdf view only) or there are print copies available in the Law Library.

Take a look at our Citing FAQs page for answers to frequently asked questions.

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Citation tracking for authors

Track your own citations

Do you want to check whether an author (or you, as an author) has been cited in other publications - journals, e-books, cases, reports?
Use this guide for tips on where and how to search:  Finding Yourself: Citation tracking for Monash Law Authors