In conjunction with the Macquarie University Law School, the Library has created the Legal Referencing Module, which is housed in StudyWISE. This great tool lets you see how various types of materials are footnoted, how your bibliographies should look, and generally helps you understand what the AGLC style is all about. There is even a quiz at the end for testing your knowledge.
To get to the Legal Referencing Module simply access StudyWISE through your iLearn Unit as shown in the steps below.
1. Search for the StudyWISE unit and self-enrol
2. On your iLearn Home page you will find the StudyWISE link under Student Support
3. In StudyWISE look for the 'Writing in your discipline' block and choose AGLC4 referencing under What's inside?:
The AGLC style was developed from a collaboration between the Melbourne University Law Review and the Melbourne Journal of International Law. The AGLC provides Australia with a uniform system of legal citation. It is designed for academics, legal practitioners, law students and the judiciary for legal writing and research.
AGLC uses the footnoting system.
It consists of two parts: a number in the text and a note at the bottom of the page (footnote). Notes are numbered sequentially, beginning with 1., throughout each article, chapter, or paper. The numbers in the text must be in superscript and should follow the punctuation.
Ibid. is used to indicate that the previous reference has been used again.
The list of references appears at the end of the paper.
AGLC recommends dividing your bibliography into the following sections:
Sources should be listed in alphabetical order under each heading according to the surname of the first listed author.
Here is an example that cites a book with one author using AGLC style.
footnote: 1 Colin Neville, The Complete Guide to Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism (Open University Press, 2nd ed, 2010) 25.
Neville, Colin, The Complete Guide to Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism (Open University Press, 2nd ed, 2010)
The interactive tool below, created by University of Melbourne library, is designed to provide you with examples of referencing for a range of resources. You will access these references by selecting from the menu until you get to the detailed information.
If you require further information consult the Australian guide to legal citation. A printed copy of this guide is available at the Library. A pdf version of the style guide is available in the link below.
The following quick guides, created by other institutions, provide an overview of the AGLC (4th ed) referencing style. In these documents you will find examples for different types of materials and details on specific variations of citations.
Macquarie University has licences for two bibliographic management software packages:
You can use these Bibliographic referencing tools to maintain your references. They can also create bibliographies automatically in Word.
EndNote and Mendeley training is available for current postgraduates, higher degree researchers and staff.
You can contact your Research Librarian for a session.
Watch these videos to give youself an idea on how to get started: