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Nunavut Law Program Research Guide: Citation Help

Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation

Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation

  • Informally called “McGill Style”
  • The guide is updated every four years
  • McGill Guide 9th edition was published in 2018


Why should law students use this citation style?

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).

Ask for help! Contact your professor or the NLP Librarian.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Online Citation Guides

Resources on the web: 

Citing Nunavut Legislation

Nunavut Court of Justice

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. 

Getting started with Zotero

Download the free Zotero software for your own computer


Reference / Citation Managers

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Reference management software allows you to record, organize and use bibliographic references for your research and assignments.

It will also allow you to create and format bibliographies in many different citation styles - saving you lots of time!

The University Library offers help and instruction for the following reference managers:

Legal Abbreviations

Legal Abbreviations

Consult the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation book for comprehensive lists of legal abbreviations: 

Appendix A: Jurisdiction Abbreviations
Appendix B: Courts and Tribunals
Appendix C: Case Law Reporters
Appendix D: Periodicals and Yearbooks
Appendix E: Online Databases