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Law subject guide: Write & Cite

Writing and citing with style

This page is about style - writing with style, citing with the New Zealand Law Style Guide.

You'll also find information about EndNote for law, and legal abbreviations, and a special thesis-writing section for postgrads.

Citations and abbreviations

Citations are short-hand references to cases or statutes (or books, or articles).

There are two key elements to a citation: style and abbreviation

For style, use:

For abbreviations, use:

Legal writing

Other reference management tools

New Zealand Law Style Guide

The New Zealand Law Style Guide is a set of rules for citing legal literature. It has been adopted by our Law Faculty and the wider legal community. And now there is a second edition.

If you are looking for an NZLSG-compatible bibliographic management tool, we are currently supporting EndNote (see below); we have hopes for RefWorks - watch this space; and if you want to go it alone, there is also an NZLSG style for Zotero.

Find The New Zealand Law Style Guide in print: Law K100 NH3347. Or buy your own copy. The print version has the added advantage of a quick reference guide on the inside covers. 

Find the New Zealand Law Style Guide online:

Zotero - Juris-M

While this guide, written by John Prebble and Julia Caldwell from Victoria University of Wellington in 2013, is now superseded by Juris-M, it will provide trouble-shooting assistance, and includes good general advice about data entry in relation to NZLSG.

EndNote for the New Zealand Law Style Guide

Here you will find the add-ons you need to make EndNote work for the New Zealand Law Style Guide: the Endnote style itself (that's the .enl file), plus a reftype table (that's the .xml document) and some documentation to help you put it all together.

It's a work in progress, but see how you get on!

We also recommend that you take the ITS EndNote overview course. You can also look at the ITS EndNote tutorial movies, or use this Little EndNote How-To Book (download options and the PDF on the right).  You'll need a good background in EndNote before you get started with the NZLSG style.

Thesis writing

If you are writing a law-related thesis, you will need to know a lot about law-related things - like where and how to do research, how to use the New Zealand Law Style guide, maybe something about EndNote. You'll find most of that information right here, in the Law Subject Guide. And hopefully, you'll let us know how you are doing, and how we can help.

You will also need to know a lot about thesis-related things - from the big picture stuff down to the last-minute production details. You'll find most of that information in the generic Thesis Information libguide. Take some time to find out what's there, and keep using it throughout your thesis creation. And have a look at the Scholarly communication guide too.

We also recommend taking the ITS Word - Thesis Writing course.