Legal Citations – Introduction

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Description: Learn more about the citation formats required in Canadian Common Law, and figure out, once and for all, where those pesky commas should go.
Approximate duration: 45 minutes


What Do You know?

Before starting this module, test your baseline knowledge with the following questions. You will receive basic feedback on your answers that will be further explained by the content in the module. Good luck! These questions are just for practice: your results will not be recorded by the system.

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Learning Objectives

At the end of this module you will be able to:

  • Describe the importance and function of uniform legal citation;
  • Identify the form and content of legal citation and use it to locate source material;
  • Explain and apply the various models of legal citation, including case law and legislation;
  • Explain when material and references should be cited.