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The APA guide recommends you use the legal style manual of your country to cite its respective legal source. The Canadian style guide for legal citation is the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation [print], also known as McGill style. The latest edition is the 2018 (9th) edition.
- Print copies at SFU Library: Canadian Guide To Uniform Legal Citation, 9th ed., 2018
The McGill style guide is a quadrennially-released style and citation guide for Canadian legal writing. Updates for the 9th edition include emphasizing permalinks, giving higher "citable" status to online legal sources, citing Indigenous law sources, and providing guiding principles for citing a wide range of legal resources.
Please confirm with your instructor on his or her citation style preferences, as the use of APA and McGill styles will be instructor-specific in most departments.
Legal citation generation
- Use the free CANLII plug-in, Lexbox, to help collect and cite legal cases and legislation easily.
- The legal database, HeinOnline, will also generate legal citations in McGill Style.
Online quick guides to legal citation
- Legal Citation with the 9th edition of the McGill Guide (from Queen's University Library)
- Law: Legal Citation Guide (from UBC Law Library)
- Guide to Foreign and International Legal Citations