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Guide to legal research materials at HKU Libraries
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Australian and New Zealand legal abbreviations - Fong, Colin.
Call Number: R K112 F67
ISBN: 0959135987
Publication Date: 2nd ed. 1995

Australian Guide to Legal Citation - Melbourne University Law Review Association
Call Number: R K114 A93
ISBN: 0646527398
Publication Date: 3rd ed. 2010
This guide was developed by the Melbourne University Law Review Assoication and was adopted by many law reviews and journals in Australia. Print copy available in Law Library.


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Hong Kong Law Journal Style Guide - HKLJ

This house style guide was developed by HKLJ for contributors and includes referencing formats for Hong Kong and UK legislation, cases, and secondary materials.  It is also commonly adopted by law students in Hong Kong for their legal writing. 
Style guide available for download at



OSCOLA (Oxford Standard for Citations of Legal Authorities) - University of Oxford. Law FacultyEdit/Delete

The Oxford Standard for Citation Of Legal Authorities is the British equivalent of the (US) Bluebook.  It is designed to facilitate accurate citation of authorities, legislation, and other legal materials, and is widely used in law schools and by journal and book publishers in the UK and beyond. Comes with OSCOLA for EndNote styles, a starter kit for formatting cases, legislation, articles and books in footnotes in compliance with OSCOLA. 
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The Bluebook: a uniform system of citation
Call Number: K114 B65
ISBN: 0615361161
Publication Date: 19th ed. 2010
The Bluebook is the standard citation manual for legal publications in the US.

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ALWD citation manual
Call Number: R K114 A47
ISBN: 0735555710
Publication Date: 3rd ed. 2006
ALWD is a legal citation system for the US compiled by the Association of Legal Writing Directors. Citation format is very similar to that of the Bluebook.

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University of Chicago Manual of Legal Citation - University of Chicago Law Review
Publication Date: 20th ed. 2010
Also known as the Maroon Book, this guide is a competitor to the Bluebook. The latest edition is available as a PDF file.

Introduction to Basic Legal Citation - Martin, Peter W.
Publication Date: Online ed. 2010
This work first appeared in 1993 and is a handy citation primer, aimed at introducing the basics through concise rule summaries linked to numerous examples, focussing on US legal materials. The book reflects changes appearing in the third edition of the ALWD Citation Manual, published in 2006 and The Bluebook, published in 2005.



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Guide to Foreign & International Legal Citations - New York University. School of Law
Call Number: R K114 G94
ISBN: 9780735579798
Publication Date: 2nd ed. 2009
Created by the Journal of International Law and Politics at New York University, this reference focuses exclusively on international citations rules. It includes 45 country citation systems and citation rules for international organizations, tribunals, and treaties.



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Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation - McGill Law Journal
Call Number: R K114 C21
ISBN: 0459243942
Publication Date: 6th ed., 2006
This guide, also known as the McGill Guide, is the legal citation standard in Canada. It is published by the McGill Law Journal of McGill University's Faculty of Law and is used by law students and lawyers throughout Canada.


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