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Legal Citation

About this Guide

This is a guide to legal citation using the McGill Guide, the most commonly used format for legal citation in Canada.

In includes access points to the McGill Guide online and in print.

It also includes links to resources to help you better understand the McGill citation format.

Law students and legal scholars encounter a high volume of information. The citation manager Zotero can be useful for keeping track of this information and generating citations in the McGill Guide format, saving time and energy. This guide includes useful resources for getting started with Zotero.

If you need more help with legal citation, check out the Library research help and writing help supports available.

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This guide has been created by the Toronto Metropolitan University Library and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution International 4.0 License unless otherwise marked.

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Guide Last Updated

Date updated: August 22, 2023