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Law research and writing skills: Citing and referencing

Australian Guide to Legal Citation aglc3

Current edition 4th ed, 2018.  
Available to view ONLINE or use in print in the Law Library.

Published by University of Melbourne Law Review.

The previous edition, 3rd ed, is archived online. 

AGLC Citing FAQs

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.

Keep track of your references