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General AGLC 3 style notes 

Please note the following notes for the AGLC 3 style are brief and general. For detailed citation work, please see the full AGLC 3 citation guide.

The AGLC is a reference/footnote system.

This style is based on the most recent version of AGLC – the third edition – Melbourne University Law Review Association Australian Guide to Legal Citation (online) or you can borrow a copy from the library (Melbourne University Law Review Association, 3rd ed, 2010) .

References cited in text must be listed in the bibliography and all references listed in the bibliography must be cited in the text. It should list all references relied upon, not just the references in text and footnotes. Fullstops must be used at the end of footnotes, but are not used for bibliographies.

Because referencing enables readers to locate the sources, reference data must be accurate.

Bibliography/ Reference List Layout.

Bibliography list order is done alphabetically by author surname.

Where an item has no author, the first word of the title is used.

Entries by the same single or multiple authors are arranged chronologically, by year of publication.

The bibliography may be divided into the section below. However a section may be omitted and other categories or subdivisions may be included as needed (with appropriate renumbering).
A  Articles/Books/Reports
B  Cases
C  Legislation
D  Treaties
E  Other.

Journal, book, report, case, legislation and treaty titles are italicized. Eg Harvard Law Review .

Journal titles in the Bibliography must be spelled out fully – no abbreviated titles.

Starting page numbers for all articles and chapters in books should be included only not the page range.

Acceptable abbreviations in the bibliography for aspects of the citation and other publications include:

Chap = Chapter
ed = Edition
eds = Editors
ed = Editor
2nd ed = Second edition
No = Number
Vol = Volume
Cth = Commonwealth
pt = part
Rep = Report
art = Article

Note: Official UN documents have their own specific  abbreviations  – see page 130 of the AGLC 3rd ed.

AGLC 3 uses smart quotes, single inverted commas.

For detailed information on reference types not covered here, please consult the online version of AGLC 3 at




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