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Legal Research 101: Skills for my first week of law school: 1. Citations

Guide for first year law students to navigate the Library's resources and to retrieve course readings

What information does the citation give me?

Given a journal citation, example:

Chan Wing Cheong, “Requirement of Fault in Strict Liability” [1999] 11 SAcLJ 98 

This tells you that the author’s name is Chan Wing Cheong, and the article title is “Requirement of Fault in Strict Liability” 

The citation [1999] 11 SAcLJ 98 tells you that it was published in the year 1999 in volume 11 of the journal SAcLJ and the article starts on page 98. 

 

How do you identify the full journal title from the abbreviation?  Move to the next tab in this guide on Understanding Abbreviations for a simple trick.

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