As a legal referencing system, AGLC has specific rules for citing cases and legislation. But what about other sources, like textbooks? These are known as secondary sources. And while you can cite them, the rules are a little different. Here, we look at how to cite a book with AGLC.\nFootnote References for a Book in AGLC\nAGLC indicates references using superscript numbers (e.g. 1, 2, 3) in the main text of your essay. These numbers point to a footnote, where you will need to provide full source information. To cite a book, for instance, you would need to include the following information in the first footnote:\nn. Author\u2019s Name, Title of Book (Publisher, Edition, Year) Pinpoint.\nIn the above, edition only applies if the book has more than one published version, while \u2018pinpoint\u2019 refers to the specific page(s) cited. For instance:\n1. Rory McJudge, Knowing the Law (NexusLexus, 2nd ed, 2014) 534.\nHere, we\u2019ve included \u20182nd ed\u2019 to show that we\u2019re citing the second edition. And the \u2018534\u2019 at the end shows we\u2019re citing page 534 of the source.\n\nIf a source has four or more authors, meanwhile, simply name the first author followed by \u2018et al\u2019 to indicate that other names have been excluded.\nRepeat Citations in AGLC\nTo save duplicating information if you cite a source more than once, AGLC uses a shortened footnote format for repeat citations. The rules for this depend on whether you\u2019re citing the same source twice in a row or returning to something after citing a different source:\n\n \tFor consecutive citations of the same source (i.e. two or more citations in a row), use the Latin term \u2018ibid\u2019, which means \u2018in the same place\u2019.\n \tFor non-consecutive citations, give the author\u2019s surname and a bracketed cross reference to the first citation (e.g. \u2018n 1\u2019 = first footnote).\n\nIf you\u2019re referring to a different part of the same text in either case, you should also give a new pinpoint reference. In practice, then, repeat citations of a source would look something like the following:\n1. Rory McJudge, Knowing the Law (NexusLexus, 2nd ed, 2014) 534.\n2. Ibid.\n3. Navigation Act 2012 (Cth) s 14.\n4. McJudge (n 1) 454.\n5. Ibid, 243-244.\nHere, citations 2 and 5 are consecutive citations (i.e. they refer to the previously cited book). Citation 4, meanwhile, is a non-consecutive repeat citation of the book from footnote 1. If citing more than one source by the same author, moreover, you can use a shortened version of the title in non-consecutive citations to show which source you are citing.\nBooks in an AGLC Bibliography\nAs well as citing books in footnotes, AGLC requires you to add all sources to a bibliography at the end of your document. Books go in the first section (i.e. Articles, Books and Reports), listed alphabetically by author surname.\n\nThe information you need to include here is similar to the first footnote, but with the author\u2019s names inverted, no pinpoint reference, and no full stop:\nSurname, First Name\/Initial, Title of Book (Publisher, Edition, Year)\nThus, the bibliography entry for the book cited above would be:\nMcJudge, Rory, Knowing the Law (NexusLexus, 2nd ed, 2014)\nIf a source has more than one author, you should only reverse the names of the first person listed. And as with footnote references, sources with four or more authors should use \u2018et al\u2019 after naming the first listed author to show that other contributors have been excluded.\n\nHopefully, this post has cleared up the basics of citing a book in AGLC. If you need any help checking the referencing in a document, though, we can help.