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How To Reference Acts Harvard Style Bibliography

                                Referencing in your UTAS assignments

Step 1. Before you use this library guide check: Does your School have its own referencing guide? To find out ask your lecturer or tutor.

Step 2. If you are using this guide or another guide and you are still unsure about a particular citation, it is always best to check with your tutor or lecturer - they will be marking your work after all.

Step 3. Refer to the Style Manual. UTAS Library holds print Style Manuals (complete guides) for the following referencing styles: Harvard, APA, MLA, Chicago, Vancouver & Turabian. You can find these manuals on the shelves in UTAS Library branches. To locate these books please refer to the other pages in this guide.

Step 4. If you have followed steps 1 - 3 and you still need referencing help contact staff in Student Learning, or ask at a library enquiries desk, or fill in this web form:  Ask a Librarian

For Acts of Parliament, details to include are:

  • Short title in italics, or use the long title if there is one, year in italics, jurisdiction abbreviation (in round brackets) and section/s if applicable, e.g. Crimes Act 1958 (Vic) s.28 
  • Italics are not used for Acts of Parliament of other nations, e.g. Youth Work Act 2010 (Estonia)

For Bills, details to include are:

  • The name of the Bill and the Legislative Body- there are no italics, and the jurisdiction abbreviation (in round brackets), e.g. Carbon Tax Plebiscite Bill 2011 (Cth)

For Cases, details to include are:

  • Popular title of Case (in italics).
  • Year (in round brackets).
  • Volume number.
  • Reporter abbreviation.
  • First page number.
    e.g. 
    James Hardie Industries NV v Australian Securities and Investments Commission (2010) 274 ALR 85

Please note
Students studying Law units at VU use the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC) - check with your lecturer

AGLC Guide