1. Citing sources provides credibility to your argument(s)
2. McGill citation “rules” = uniform standardized format
Provides consistent information for the reader
Allows reader to quickly locate your sources
3. Adopted by legal publishers, journal publishers, law schools, and Canadian courts and tribunals
4. Case citations include date, jurisdiction, and court level; this information helps your reader assess the case.
Citation Tips and Strategies
Cite your sources as you write your paper - don't leave it to the end of your project. This strategy will help you stay organized and keep track of your sources (and save you time in the long run).
Use post-it notes to mark commonly used citation examples in your copy of the McGill Guide.
Use an online guide for McGill Style. Many law library websites have short guides that demonstrate common citation examples.
COPY, PASTE, and EDIT McGill Style citations generated from law databases such as CanLII and LexisAdvance Quicklaw.
Create your own citation bank! You will cite leading cases and treatises again for other law courses. Create a new WORD document and save it. Whenever you create citations for an assignment, copy and paste citations into your master list document. Keep this list organized -- file your examples under bibliography categories: Legislation, Jurisprudence, Secondary Material: Monographs, Secondary Material: Articles (see McGill Style rule 1.1).
From the NU Court of Justice website:
"The method of citing Nunavut legislation has been set out in Nunavut legislation, therefore for the sake of consistency, it is our recommendation that when you cite Nunavut legislation you follow the examples [set out by the Courts] rather than the style advocated by the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation (McGill Guide)."
Copy Citations from Lexis Advance Quicklaw
Lexbox is a free software tool that allows you to create an account, save and keep your online research organized. When you visit legal research websites such as CanLII and Justice Laws, you can use Lexbox to:
Save search queries;
Set up alerts for new content matching a search;
Create folders with saved results;
See a trail of your research.
If you use Google Chrome as your browser, you can download the free Lexbox plug-in for your toolbar.
Managing References with Zotero
Zotero is a free, open source reference management software that you can use to collect, organize, share and cite your research resources.
Caution: Zotero has a citation output style for McGill Style - 7th edition. You will need to edit any citations to be compliant with McGill Style 8th edition rules.