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AGLC Referencing Style

A guide to applying AGLC

Australian Guide to Legal Citation Style

The referencing style used by the ANU College of Law is the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC3). This guide is collaboratively produced by the Melbourne University Law Review and the Melbourne Journal of International Law. AGLC3 is the guideline used by all legal practitioners, academics and students for legal writing in Australia. This guide will help you apply the AGLC3 rules by providing examples and a basic statement of the rules. You should refer to the full version of AGLC if anything is unclear.

You can download the full pdf version of AGLC below.

 Australian guide to legal citation (AGLC) (Melbourne University law Review Association, 3rd ed, 2010) 

Copies of this guide are also available in the Law Library from the 2 hour Reserve and Reference collections.

  • Australian Guide to Legal Citation (Melbourne University Law Review Association, 3rd ed, 2010) [K114.A97 2010]

See also the University of Melbourne's Quick AGLC and check the Twitter feed in the left hand column of this guide.

What if I can't find a rule to suit my reference?

Sources not included in the AGLC

"Where there is no rule for a particular source in the AGLC, users should attempt to adapt the closest fitting rule. Such citation should be guided by common sense and the following principles (roughly in order of importance):

  • clarity and accuracy - sufficient information to unambiguously identify the source and any pinpoint reference should be included; 
  • consistency with AGLC style and other rules - general rules should always be observed, as should common practice in identifying a certain type of source; 
  • pinpoint references should appear at the end of citations (and anything qualifying a pinpoint should appear immediately after the pinpoint) and
  • aesthetic appeal - convoluted citations should be avoided where possible."

Melbourne University Law Review Association Inc, Australian Guide to Legal Citation (Melbourne University Law Review Association Inc, 3rd ed, 2010) xiii.

General Guidelines

Authors - Give authors as they appear in the source.  Do not include full stops after initials

R A Hughes

Christine Gray

Book titles - are written in italics.  Capitalise the first letter of all significant words.

International Law and the Use of Force

Titles - of chapters, articles, submissions or segments are entered in single quotation marks and are not italized..

'Claimed property right does not hold water'

Journal titles - are written in full, in italics.  Capitalise the first letter of all significant words.

Australian Law Journal

Publishers - are written in the briefest form to identify the publisher.  If the author and publisher are the same then the publisher is omitted.

Kluwer Academic not Kluwer Academic Press

Thomson Reuters not Thomson Reuters (Professional) Australia Ltd

Dates - are written in the form Day Month Year.

23 September 2013

Pinpoints - are the specific sections of the source that you are quoting.  These can be pages, paragraphs, sections, etc.  Pages are written as the page numbers e.g. 42–3, 88–94. Paragraphs and sections are entered in square brackets e.g. [3] [21]–[24].

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