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Secondary Sources in Law : Referencing Secondary Sources

This guide contains resources and guidance to help students find secondary legal materials.

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As Law students, you will be using the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (4th edition)

What is referencing and why is it important? 


At university you are expected to reference information sources used in your assignments. Referencing is important as it:

  • gives credit to authors
  • shows that you’ve done your research  
  • means that others can find the resources you have used.

Australian Guide to Legal Citation (4th edition)


For help on how to reference legal resources, have a look at the AGLC Guide (4th edition).

You can open it in a new page and download it by clicking the link below.

Useful Sections

Part III (page 83 onwards) of the AGLC guide contains instructions on how to cite secondary materials.

Referencing Videos

Referencing software: EndNote


EndNote is a software package that will assist you to collect, store, organise and use your references. It supports the AGLC style.

To learn more about EndNote, visit the page linked below, have a look at our EndNote videos and sign up for our EndNote workshops.