2. How do I correctly reference my work?
2.6. OSCOLA (Oxford University Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities)
The OSCOLA style is a set of rules specially designed to reference legal sources such as:
- UK statutes (Acts of Parliament)
- Statutory Instruments (SIs)
- Command Papers
- Law reports (cases)
- Legislation from the UK's devolved Assemblies
- Law Commission reports and consultation papers
- EU legislation
- EU directives, decisions and regulations
OSCOLA uses numeric references in the text linked to full citations in footnotes, and is characterised by light punctuation and heavy use of abbreviations (the Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations can help in respect to the latter).
Getting to grips with OSCOLA is essential for both Law students and legal professionals in the UK. The Oxford University Faculty of Law website contains all the help you need to master this complex referencing style.
Click here to access a quick guide:
A free complete guide to the OSCOLA style 4th edition 2012 can be found here
Remember - OSCOLA assumes that you are referencing UK legal sources. For guidance on how to cite international legal sources please see the Oscola 2006 "Citing International Law Section".
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