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Legal Referencing



Many popular legal databases such as LexisNexis and Westlaw do not automatically import references to either of these programs.

You will need to manually add these references, or else locate them in a compatible database.

Referencing software

Some students find it helpful to use a reference management software for their assignments. These softwares can be most useful when you have large numbers of references in a research project.


Note that it is not a requirement to do well in your assignments, and there are some limitations to using this software, especially for law students. Many legal resources will need to be manually added to the programs.

Once installed on your computer, you need to add references into the software, and then link to Microsoft Word to create your citations. Remember, these programs are not perfect and you will need to double check citations for accuracy.

  • Endnote is one such software offered by Deakin University, and supported by the Library.
    Check out this Endnote resource guide for detailed instructions on downloading and using this software.

  • Zotero is another popular option. This is a free software which is easy to use, however Deakin does not provide any technical support. Zotero offers a 'web scraping' function which means you can use the software right in your browser to save webpages and references directly.
    Check out the website to download (desktop program + browser connector) and learn more.

Adding the AGLC style

The Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC) does not come standard in Endnote or Zotero. You will need to add this style manually. 

After you've downloaded Endnote from the Deakin Software Library, visit the UTS guide for instructions on adding the AGLC4 style.  

To add the AGLC style to Zotero (as shown in image):

  1. Open the 'Preferences' screen under 'Edit' in the menu.
  2. Select 'Cite' and click 'Get additional styles'.
  3. Search for and select the AGLC.

NOTE: For both programs, make sure that you select your output style in Word to be the AGLC.

Adding the OSCOLA style

Some researchers or academics publishing in OUP publications, may be required to use the OSCOLA (Oxford University Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities) referencing style. Instructions for installing the OSCOLA_2_4th_edn style file and the associated RefTypeTable.xml are available on the University of Oxford, Faculty of Law,  OSCOLA styles for EndNote, Latek, Refworks and Zotero webpage.

Video: Tips for Mac users

Using Endnote on a Mac can be a little bit different to Windows. Watch the video below for a quick overview.