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Guide to APA 6th referencing style used at ECU

Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC)

Law students are required to use the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC) 4th edition referencing style, available online via the University of Melbourne (Melbourne University Law Review). 

Many legal materials are covered by the AGLC, including cases, legislation, journal articles, books, parliamentary debates (Hansard), legal encyclopaedias, loose leaf services, working papers, treaties, United Nations material and more. Hard copy and online sources are covered.

AGLC 4th ed. print copies are also available in ECU's Joondalup, Mount Lawley and Bunbury Libraries.

For more information, see the Citation & Legal Writing page in the Library Law guide and Criminology and Justice guide.

Note: AGLC 4th edition is now available:

To obtain the AGLC from the publisher, either:

  1. Order a copy;
  2. Download the view-only PDF version

Documents outlining;

  • authoritative corrections as at 15 April 2019 can be found here;
  • the major substantive changes between AGLC3 and AGLC4 can be found here.

Note that the current view-only PDF version of AGLC4 does not contain bookmark (or ‘table of contents’) functionality, as was included in the PDF version of AGLC3. The publisher is aware of this and bookmark functionality will soon be added.

How to use AGLC4 effectively:

  1. Read the general rules (Part 1) which outline the conventions used across all legal sources - then go to the specific source type.
  2. The most specific rule for a source should be used.
  3.  Where a source is not included in AGLC4, adapt the closest fitting rule; common sense applies here. 

New AGLC 4th edition

AGLC3 Overview

The Australian Guide to Legal Citation, 3rd edition (AGLC3) has been superseded by the 4th edition. Students should now use AGLC4.

AGLC3 was a footnote citation style specifically designed to identify legal sources, and consisted 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. A Bibliography provided at the end of the paper, giving details of each source mentioned in the text, as well as details of other sources consulted in preparing the paper.  A bibliography is optional and required at the discretion of individual academics.

As with AGLC4, AGLC3 was medium neutral, meaning there was no need to include the online reference to a case, act, article, book or other source of legal information unless it was not available in print and solely published online.

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