Legal Citations – Content + Form = Function

IMPORTANT: This module is meant to be completed in conjunction with the McGill Guide (see below for more information). A few versions of the McGill Guide are on Reserve at the circulation desk in the Brian Dickson Law Library, and in the Reference section. However, purchasing your own personal copy is highly recommended.

Without proper content and form, a legal citation is next to useless. In order to direct a researcher to the source cited, some basic information is required.

Various other nuances between citation forms let you easily identify the nature of the document being cited. So, begin to familiarize yourself with the different types of legal material and their respective citation forms.

While the form of a citation indicates what kind of source is being cited, the content indicates where that source can be located.

As you become more familiar with legal citation, you will be able to adduce more information from the citations themselves.