Establishing a uniform system of legal citation allows for the efficient and reliable recognition of legal sources, an important requirement for the advancement of legal scholarship. In an effort to achieve reliability in referencing, the editors of the McGill Law Journal released the first edition of the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation – the Cite Guide – in 1986.

Today, the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation, 9th Edition is published by Thomson/Carswell. Over the years the McGill Law Journal has worked with jurists, scholars, and a variety of advisors to compile the Cite Guide. A new edition is released every four years in order to remain abreast with the dynamic and ever evolving legal profession. In June 2018, the 9th Edition was released under Nicolas Labbé-Corbin, Citations Editor, Volume 63.

The Cite Guide provides instructions on how to cite a variety of sources including:

  • Indigenous Constitutions
  • PDF Documents
  • Online Video and Video Aggregators
  • Arbitration Cases
  • Various International Materials

The Cite Guide is an indispensable tool for legal writing and is widely used by practitioners, judges, academics and law students across Canada. It is the standard reference guide for most Canadian law journals as well as for many courts (see list below). A large number of Canadian law faculties also use it as a primary tool in teaching legal methodology. The Guide can be purchased by clicking here.

For McGill Students – Office Hours:

Winter 2018

Do you feel overwhelmed when using the Cite Guide? Are you having difficulty citing a particular source? For these situations and other general questions related to citations, please feel free to come by during our office hours!

Hours of Operation: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1:15 pm to 2:15 pm

Location: Room 309, New Chancellor Day Hall, 3644 Peel St, Montreal, QC

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