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.
For non-Law assignments citing legal sources, here are some examples in APA 6th ed style.
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:
Bluebook Abbreviations of Law Reviews & Legal Periodicals (it's free). It's a list.
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:
Endnote for Law is a very manual exercise: most legal databases do not have citation data that is compatible with Endnote. The benefit of using Endnote is mainly in managing your footnotes and bibliography at the end, but you have to put it a good amount of work at the start! It might take 10-20 hours of your time to become comfortable with the whole process. Do you have that time?
We recommend you attend an Endnote tutorial, 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.
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!
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.