To use EndNote with the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC) you need to have EndNote installed on your computer and be familiar with the AGLC referencing style.

This page will show you how to set-up EndNote to use the AGLC style, create references and format your bibliography.

Set-up the AGLC style in EndNote

Download and install the output styles


Install the output styles in EndNote.

Create a legal reference type

A legal reference type allows you to manually add references for legislation, cases, treaties and other non-standard content types.

  1. Right-click to download the Legal custom reference type (XML, 89KB) and Save Link As
  2. In EndNote, Open Preferences
  3. Select Reference Types
  4. Select Import, and then locate the custom reference type file you saved earlier
  5. Select Open, then Save
  6. Close and reopen EndNote

Now when you create a new reference in EndNote, you will see the option for a Legal reference type.

Create references in EndNote

Import references from databases

Only a small number of legal databases allow you to export references directly to EndNote:

  • AGIS Plus Text
  • HeinOnline

UQ Library Search and Google Scholar contain some law-related materials and allow direct export to EndNote. Here's how to export from UQ Library Search.

You should always check imported references to ensure they comply with the AGLC.

Cases, legislation and treaties

Manually enter cases, legislation and treaties under the 'Legal' reference type. You should fill the following fields in EndNote:

  • AGLC Citation — Enter the entire case, legislation or treaty reference in this field according to the correct AGLC rule. Apply italics to party names in EndNote.
  • Year — this is optional but may be helpful when searching your EndNote Library
  • Publication — this is optional but may be helpful when searching your EndNote Library


Reports of law reform bodies, parliamentary committees and Royal Commissions may be added to EndNote under the 'Book' reference type. 

  • Author — for governmental or corporate authors add a comma to the end of the name (e.g. Victorian Law Reform Commission,). If a comma already exists within the name, add an additional comma (e.g. Law Reform Committee,, Parliament of Victoria)
  • Series Title — enter the report number (e.g Parl Paper No 12)

Working papers

Working papers may be added to EndNote under the 'Report' reference type. In addition to the author and title field, use:

  • Author — for governmental or corporate authors add a comma to the end of the name (e.g. Victorian Law Reform Commission,)
  • Year — enter the full date if available
  • Report — enter the organisation which issued the working paper
  • Report Number — enter the series title and number of the working paper (e.g. Working Paper No 12)

Insert and format citations in your document

Abbreviated, popular or short titles

Use the Short Title field in addition to the AGLC Citation field to create popular or short titles. Capitals, italics and superscript must be added. The full details of the item will need to be included in the Short Title.

Pinpoint citations

Pinpoint citations direct readers to a particular page, paragraph or section of the document. In EndNote:

  1. Right-click on the reference and select More
  2. Go to the Suffix field and enter the pinpoint (putting a comma and space before the number as necessary).

For some overseas material, the pinpoint is inserted within the reference. To do this, open the reference in your EndNote library and cut and paste the contents of the AGLC field into the footnote. Then add the pinpoint.

Omit part of a citation

When citing cases and legislation you may wish to cite part of the reference in-text and the remainder in the footnotes. It is recommended you simply type the required details into the footnote, rather than using EndNote to insert the reference. 

Repeated citations — "Ibid" and "Above n"

When a reference is repeated consecutively, EndNote will automatically insert the text "Ibid". You will need to add the pinpoint yourself.

When references are repeated non-consecutively, EndNote will automatically insert "Surname, Above n". You will need to insert the number of the corresponding footnote. You can do this in Microsoft Word:

  1. Select Insert from the toolbar, select Cross-reference.
  2. Select Footnotes from the drop-down options
  3. Find and highlight the appropriate footnote
  4. Select Insert

Create a bibliography using EndNote

Bibliographies in AGLC style

When using the AGLC style to create a bibliography, you must structure your references in order of:

A Articles/Books/Reports
B Cases
C Legislation
D Treaties
E Other

Create a terms list

In EndNote, the easiest way to structure your bibliography is to use the Label fields. First, though, you need to create an AGLC term list in EndNote:

  1. Select Tools
  2. Select Define Term List
  3. Ensure the List tab is selected, and select Create List
  4. Call this list AGLC3
  5. Select the Terms tab
  6. Add each AGLC bibliography heading by selecting New Term (e.g. A Articles/Books/Reports etc)

Label your references

You now need to assign your references one of the five categories. To do this:

  1. Open up the relevant reference
  2. Place your cursor in the Label field
  3. Right-click and select Open Terms List
  4. Select AGLC3
  5. Select correct category

Ensure you have the AGLC Footnotes and Bibliography output style selected. The bibliography and references will appear in a single block. After removing the Endnote field codes, insert some blank lines between each category and add an appropriate heading to each group.