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AGLC Style: AGLC Style

A guide to the Australian Guide to Legal Citation referencing style for Murdoch University students and staff

About Australian Guide To Legal Citation Style

Proper citation serves important rule of law purposes.

Citations should contain the information needed to locate sources quickly and easily.

Footnotes should be used to:

  • provide authority for a proposition
  • acknowledge a source relevant to an argument
  • provide information that enables the retrieval of relevant sources and quotations that appear in the text
  • provide other information that is not appropriate to include in the text

The Legal Citation Lesson explains AGLC in more detail. 


There may be times when another citation style is required

Criminology students typically use APA citation.
APA takes into account the material used in that discipline, such as psychological tests, statistics and case studies.

Business students typically use Chicago citation.

For information about these and other citation styles see the Library's referencing guides.

It is the responsibility of each student to confirm the citation style required before work is submitted.
If you are unsure, check your unit guide or speak to your tutors and lecturers.

About Footnotes

Footnotes use a notational method of referencing when referring to a source of information within the text of a document.

In its simplest form, a number in superscript format placed in the text of the essay, indicates the relevant footnote:


Citations are numbered consecutively in the order in which they appear in the text and each citation corresponds to a numbered footnote at the bottom of the page containing publication information about the source:



A footnote lists the author, title and publication details of a work and subsequent citations are given in a shortened form.

A full reference list of all works cited must be provided at the end of the paper.

Reference list entries contain all the information needed to source the referenced material.

 See Bibliography Entries or All Examples for details on how to construct references for specific resources such as books, journals and web pages.

Learn how to Insert Footnotes in Word.

Important Information

Created December 2018

Check with your unit co-ordinator or tutor before submitting your assignments, as their style preference may vary from the guidelines presented here.

When using EndNote referencing software, use the AGLC (UTS) output style.
You will need to download this output style template.
For information about EndNote and downloading output style templates, please see the EndNote Guide.


This LibGuide follows the principles and examples given in the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (4th ed, 2018).