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Legal Research Methods

This guide provides access to major Australian legal resources. It also provides tips on searching for different types of legal resources.

Referencing and the RMIT Juris Doctor

The required referencing style for the RMIT Juris Doctor is the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (3rd ed, 2010), published by Melbourne University Law Review Association Inc.


Easy Cite Referencing Tool

The Easy Cite Referencing Tool shows you how to quote and paraphrase the words of other authors, and write citations in AGLC3 and other styles.

Example references

These examples use the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (3rd ed, 2010) style.

Primary Source

Case: Mabo v Queensland (No. 2) (1992) 175 CLR 1, 37-38.                                                                                                                     

Legislative Material:  Australian Constitution s 51(xxvi).  Constitution Act 1975 (Vic) s 16.  Native Title Act 1993 (Cth).

Secondary Source  

Book: Tony Blackshield and George Williams, Australian Constitutional Law and Theory: Commentary and Materials (Federation Press, 4th ed, 2006).                   

Journal Article:  Megan Davis and Dylan Lino, 'Constitutional Reform and Indigenous Peoples' (2010) 7 (19) Indigenous Law Bulletin 3. 

Government Document (second reading speech): Commonwealth, Parliamentary Debates, Senate, 29 November 1985, 2551 (Donald Grimes).

Endnote - manage your references

EndNote helps you create, store and manage your references.

The Library holds classes in using EndNote. Book yourself into a class using the Library's online booking system. For more information see also the Library's EndNote guide.


Law reports and journal titles appear in legal citations as abbreviations. Use an index to legal abbreviations to get the full title: 

Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations