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EndNote: Legal Sources in EndNote

Guide to using EndNote, software that helps organise your reference sources. Also allows you to create in text citations and a list of references as you type in Microsoft Word.

General points about legal sources in EndNote

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Click on the headings below for tips and examples of how to create EndNote records that will produce accurate references in the APA 6th style.

  • APA 6th is not primarily designed for referencing legal materials. Law students at AUT should not use APA 6th but must use the New Zealand Law Style Guide – for more information click here
  • AUT students studying other disciplines can use APA 6th to cite the occasional act (statute) or case but must be aware of its limitations. If in doubt, please refer to your lecturer for instructions on how they wish you to cite New Zealand legal material.
  • The APA 6th guidelines relate to American legislation and are inappropriate for New Zealand but we have adapted the style for use with EndNote
  • EndNote can produce reference list entries in the correct format but cannot produce correct in text citations. To get around this, we advise you to create a plain text version of your final document (click here to find out how to do this) and edit the in text citations as necessary

Tips for Legal Sources


EndNote reference type


Example of reference list entry
Note: the in text citation is identical but is enclosed in round brackets

New Zealand legal statute



Immigration Act 2009.


Section in a New Zealand legal statute



Employment Relations Act 2000, s 63.


Case reported in the New Zealand Law Reports


In the Year Decided field, enter the year

• In the Reporter field, enter the Report Series e.g. NZLR

Where a court is required, enter the court abbreviation within brackets in the Court field e.g. (CA)

Use the Label field when entering a neutral citation

Hunt v Muollo [2003] 2 NZLR 322.


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