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Citation Style Guide

This guide was created to provide basic instruction on commonly-used citation styles across the faculties of Dalhousie University.

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Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation (aka The McGill Guide) was created in 1986 to establish a uniform bilingual standard for legal citation in Canada. It has been published by the McGill Law Journal and is now in its eighth edition. Most Canadian law journals, law schools, and practitioners, as well as many courts have adopted this standard.

It is intended to serve as a reference and a guide to citing legislation, jurisprudence, government documents, and secondary sources such as books and journals. Although designed specifically for Canadian legal materials, the Guide also includes short sections on foreign (e.g. U.S. and U.K.) and international law sources. The McGill Guide rules apply only to footnote citations, in-text citations, and bibliographies. 

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For more information on how to create footnotes in Microsoft word, please see the footnotes section of the Chicago page of the Citation Style Guide!

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The following examples are real examples of bibliographic entries from the 8th Edition of the McGill Guidebook.  While the fictional narrative of Frogs and Toads is amusing elsewhere, it ran the risk of being overly confusing amongst all the legal terminology. 

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Acknowledgements

Thanks to David Michels for help creating the content for this page!