The Australian Guide to Legal Citation 4th edition (AGLC4) is produced by the Melbourne University Law Review Association and is the standard guide to referencing for legal writing by students, academics and legal practitioners. AGLC outlines rules for citing local and international legal material as well as non-legal material.
AGLC4 is a footnote referencing style.
Authors - Give authors as they appear in the source. Do not include full stops after initials
Andrew J Williams
P R Trent
Titles - are usually written in italics. Capitalise the first letter of all significant words.
This is My Life: Collection of Photos by Andrew Snowden
'Leadership for Change'
Psychology Today and Tomorrow
Kluwer Academic not Kluwer Academic Press
Wiley not Wiley and Sons
Dates - are written in the form Day Month Year.
23 September 2010
You need to provide an in-text reference if you:
AGLC uses Arabic numbers to number references. The numbers are put in superscript e.g.1
22 J W Tester, ‘The Future of Geothermal Energy as a Major Global Energy Supplier’ (Paper presented at Sir Mark Oliphant International Frontiers of Science and Technology Australian Geothermal Energy Conference, Melbourne, 19–22 August 2008) <http://www.ga.gov.au/image_cache/GA11825.pdf>.
- use Ibid pinpoint when a footnote is repeated immediately
- use Author (n footnote number) pinpoint when a footnote is repeated but not immediately below the original footnote
- for cases and legislation, or items without an author, a short title my be used followed by (n footnote number) pinpoint.
22 J W Tester, ‘The Future of Geothermal Energy as a Major Global Energy Supplier’ (Paper presented at Sir Mark Oliphant International Frontiers of Science and Technology Australian Geothermal Energy Conference, Melbourne, 19–22 August 2008) 18 <http://www.ga.gov.au/image_cache/GA11825.pdf>.
23 Ibid, 15.
24 Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Qld) 16.
25 Tester, (n 22) 7.
If a Bibliography is required it should list all sources that were read, not only those referred to in the text.
The Bibliography may be broken down into sections:
A Articles / Books / Reports
Within each section references are sorted alphabetically by author, or title if no author is listed.
Bibliography entries are structured in the same way as Footnotes. However the first author's surname and first name/s are inverted, and there is no full stop at the end of the citation.
Trent, John Andrew and Peter Smith, The Complete Guide to Cat Care (Butterworth, 2001)
Modifying EndNote for use with AGLC 4
To use EndNote with the AGLC4 Legal Referencing style, you need to make modifications to the program, as per the instructions below:
1. Download the EndNote program from the UC Library's EndNote guide.
2. Install the Legal Reference Types Table following the instructions from the University of Technology Endnote Law Guide
3. Download the AGLC4 Legal Reference Type following the instructions from the University of Technology Endnote Law Guide
The University of Canberra acknowledges the following Libraries for their EndNote / AGLC4 resources:
This Guide provides the Legal Reference Type in EndNote and recommends the EndNote Fields that needs to be filled in EndNote to produce the AGLC4 reference.
This is a self-help tool (step by step, guide), titled EndNote for Law: Referencing with EndNote using AGLC 4th edition [9 pages].
When a source is directly quoted in another work enter the reference as:
Full source, quoting Full source
Lorelle Burton, Drew Weston and Robin Kowalski, Psychology (Milton, 2nd ed, 2009), quoting J C Overholser, 'Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Social Phobia' (2002) 32 Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy 125.
When a source is cited (or just mentioned) in another work enter the reference as:
Full source, cited in Full source
G E Schwartz, 'Personality and Health: An Integrative health Science Approach' in VP Makosky (ed), The G. Stanley Hall Lecture Series: Vol 7 (American Psychological Association, 1987), cited in Lorelle Burton, Drew Weston and Robin Kowalski, Psychology (Milton, 2nd ed, 2009) 576.
If no author or editor is present, start your reference with the Title of the item.
14 Macroeconomics, Prices and Quantities: Essays in Memory of Arthur M Okun (Blackwell, 1983) 22.
There are no guidelines for citing works without a Publisher or Date in the Australian Guide to Legal Citation 3rd Edition.
It is common practice in other citation styles to leave out the Publisher and to substitute an approximate date or n.d. (meaning no date) in place of the year.
Please consult your lecturer before citing material without a Publisher or Date.
6 V Smythe, Ant Colonies: How They Communicate (Emu, ca 2007) 7.
9 J D Browne, Forensic Science as a Career (Tower, n.d.) 15.
13 TransACT, Guide to Equipment and Service, (n.d.) 5.
14 Hawaii Map (n.d.) <http://printable-maps.blogspot.com.au/2011/11/map-of-hawaii.html>.
16 Cameron Offices, Belconnen, ACT (1982).