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University of Wollongong Australia

Referencing: AGLC


This information is based on the following style manual. Please consult this manual directly for more detailed information: Australian Guide to Legal Citation (Melbourne University Law Review Association, 3rd ed, 2010).


Legal citation is the method lawyers use to refer to the various materials used in their writing.

The kinds of materials that lawyers use varies greatly, but they can be grouped into two basic types: primary sources and secondary sources. Primary sources are those which constitute "the law" - cases decided by the courts and legislation made by parliament.

Secondary sources are all the other materials lawyers might use - ranging from books and journal articles to newspaper reports, parliamentary debates and government reports.

Good legal citation will identify for the reader just what material is being discussed or used by the writer. It is essential for lawyers and law students to do this properly. Fortunately, it is a simple and easy-to-learn skill.

This guide is a supplementary resource to be used in consultation with the Australian Guide to Legal Citation 3rd ed. This guide will provide you with detailed style notes and examples of how to cite the law.

Using Endnote with AGLC

1. download the output style from the "Downloads" box-  

  • click on the style to download, click Save File, OK
  • double click on the downloaded file to open the style window in EndNote (WIN), or Ctrl click (MAC)
  • click File, Save As
  • rename to UOW AGLC. Save and Close. This will add the UOW AGLC style to your EndNote Style folder on your hard drive

2. download the Reference Type table from the "Downloads" box-  

  • right click and select Save Link As... to download the Reference Type table (WIN), or Ctrl click (MAC) to save file into your Endnote Style Folder on your hard drive
  • in EndNote go to Edit - Preferences (WIN), or click on EndNote X7 - Preferences (MAC)
  • click Reference Types
  • click Import
  • click on the ref type table .xml file (uow223308)
  • click Open
  • click Apply, OK. (WIN), or click Save (MAC)

3. label the references - to divide your bibliography into sections. Add the section title in the Label field for each reference:

A   Articles/Books/Reports
B   Cases
C   Legislation
D   Treaties
E   Other

  • Note: labelling the references will produce a bibliography divided into A-Z citations you have labeled as Article/Books/Reports, followed by A-Z citations you have labelled as Cases, etc. Add the Category Title (e.g. A   Articles/Books/Reports)  to the Word document.

4. now, create your Library !