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Historical Foundations of the Common Law - Law 361

Citation styles

This page explains what citation styles are.

It identifies the Canadian legal citation standard and notes other common styles.

Other citation styles

There are many citation styles and the library has many citation style guides both online and in print.

About citation styles

Citation styles outline standard ways of recording references in research papers, memos and legal documents. There are standards for abbreviation, punctuation, italicization and capitalization.

There are many citation styles, each one considered standard in different fields.

Canadian legal citation

A commonly accepted citation standard for Canadian legal writing is The Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation. It is often known as the McGill Guide. The McGill Guide is in its 8th edition and is available in the library.

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