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Legal Citation

This guide provides an introduction to the citation of cases, statutes and regulations, books and journal articles, and electronic sources.

Finding Abbreviations to Law Reports and Journals

Sometimes you need to find what a particular abbreviation stands for in order to track down the reporter or journal, and other times, you might need to find the abbreviation for a journal or reporter in order to cite it. There are a number of places to check:

Canadian:

Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation, 8th ed (Toronto: Carswell, 2014).
Call number: KE259 .C35 2014 (copies are shelved in the Reserve area).

Canadian Abridgment - note that there is a list of abbreviations at the front of each volume.
(shelved in the Reference section along the north wall of the law library)

British:

Donald Raistrick, Index to Legal Citations and Abbreviations, 4th ed (London: Sweet & Maxwell, 2013).
Call number: Ref. K89 I45 2013 (copies are shelved in the Reference area).

American:

Mary Miles Prince, Prince's Bieber Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations, 6th ed (Buffalo: W.S. Hein, 2009).
Call number: Ref. KF246 .P79 2009 (shelved in the Reference section of the law library).

Online:

Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations