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LAW Legal Citation (McGill Guide) Quick Reference

Intended to be a quick reference for footnoting some common types of citations for Canadian legal publications.


The Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation, 8th ed (Toronto: Thomson Carswell, 2014) or the "McGill Guide" was developed to standardize Canadian legal citation. The information contained in this guide is intended to be a quick reference for footnoting some common types of citations based on the McGill Guide

For complete information or for information on other aspects of citation, please consult the McGill Guide which is available in Reference and Reserve (KF 245 .C28 2014) at the Bennett Jones Law Library. The book is also available for purchase; check at the University Bookstore.

The UBC Law Library has created a more detailed "Legal Citation Guide" you may also wish to consult. It is based on citation rules from a variety of  legal citation styles.

Changes from the 7th ed.

  • Use the Update Release Information for loose-leafs (instead of date consulted)
  • Use stable URL for pinpoint citation wherever possible
  • Electronic services are now called online resources and covered in 1.6.
  • Title information for Bills is now required
  • Parallel citation for International Legal Materials (ILM) is now required, when available
  • Common abbreviations for journal titles now available in 6.1.6
  • Do NOT abbreviate Appendix
  • Strong preference for using CanLII over subscription databases
  • Switched order of print versus online for legislation
  • Alberta Reports are no longer semi-official

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