Why we need Uniform Citation

Why we need Uniform Citation


This video briefly explains why uniform citation
rules are a necessary part of the legal research process. We will be using the Canadian Guide
to Uniform Legal Citation, also referred to as the “McGill Guide”. The McGill Guide
includes rules for citing various sources including Statutes and regulations, court
cases and Secondary sources. Proper citation allows you to establish that what you have
drafted is supported by authoritative sources, and to communicate to the reader where to
find your sources if needed. Consider a mailing address as an analogy to a legal citation.
A legal citation provides the information to find a source. A mailing address provides
the information to find a location for delivery. When completing a mailing address form, you
complete each field in the required order. Then that information is formatted in a way
that makes sense to the postal services and delivery person. You can imagine how if address
information is missing, out of order, incorrect or improperly formatted, this would make it
more difficult or perhaps impossible to deliver something to that address. So too, a legal
citation must be correct, complete and properly formatted. It must contain information in
the correct order. This allows the reader of a legal document to understand information
about the source relied on and to find it if necessary.

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