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AGLC referencing guide: Introduction

This guide provides basic information about formatting footnotes and bibliographies with the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (3rd edition).


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The importance of citing legal sources

Referencing or citing your sources is an important part of academic writing. It lets you:

  • acknowledge the ideas or words of others if you use them in your work
  • demonstrate that you've read relevant literature
  • provide authority for your arguments
  • avoid plagiarism

The UWA Faculty of Law requires students to use the Australian Guide to Legal Citation for formatting references.

The Australian Guide to Legal Citation

The Australian Guide to Legal Citation is a referencing style for legal citations that consists of:

  1. Citations in the body of the page, using a superscript (raised) number
  2. A list of footnotes at the bottom (foot) of each page, for all citations on that page
  3. Possibly a bibliography (ask your instructor or publisher). If a bibliography is required it should be provided at the end of the paper and give details of each source mentioned in the text, as well as details of other sources consulted in preparing the paper

 Important! What to do if your source doesn’t match any the available templates:

See page xiii of the guide: “when there is no rule for a particular source in the AGLC, users should attempt to adapt the closest fitting rule”. In other words, find the reference type that most closely matches your source and adapt it according to the general AGLC rules. 

Need to use a different style?

Need to use another style, such as Harvard? Visit our other citation guides.

More info about citing cases

For more information about deciphering case citations, including unreported judgments, visit our Case Law guide

EndNote for Law


EndNote is a powerful software program that helps you organise and format references. UWA students and staff can download it for free.

To learn more:

  1. Visit the UWA EndNote User Guide to download the software and find training materials
  2. Consult our EndNote for Law guide for instructions on using EndNote to cite legal materials
  3. Download UWA's style files for AGLC