OSCOLA Referencing: A very quick guide

By May.17, 2016

What is OSCOLA?

OSCOLA is used by law students studying for a law degree with Salford Law, Salford Business School. All other subjects use Harvard Referencing APA 6th.

 

Adding a footnote to your Word document

 

How to Reference Common Resources using OSCOLA

Books

  • Titles of books should be italicized
  • In footnotes, the author’s first name or initial(s) precedes their surname.
  • In bibliographies, the surname comes first, followed by the initial(s), then a comma.

To write a reference for a book you will need the following information:

  • Author of the book
  • Book title
  • Book edition
  • Publisher
  • Year of publication (often found on the reverse of the title page)

Book references will need to be written in the following way:

Author, title of book (edition publisher year)

 Timothy Endicott, Administrative Law (OUP 2009)

Gareth Jones, Goff and Jones: The Law of Restitution (7th ed Sweet & Maxwell 2009)

For a footnote if you are quoting or paraphrasing from a specific page, the page number must be inserted at the end. You do not need to write p, pp or page.

Timothy Endicott, Administrative Law (OUP 2009) 42


Journal articles (found on Westlaw) 

To reference a journal article you will need the following information:

  •  Author of article
  • Title of the article
  • Name of the journal the article comes from
  • Year the article was published
  • Volume or issue details for the article
  • First page of the issue the article starts on

Journal articles reference will need to be written in the following way:

Author, ‘title of article’ (year) volume/issue journal name or abbreviation first page of article

Alison Young, ‘In defense of Due Deference’ (2009) 72 MLR 554

For a footnote if you are quoting or paraphrasing from a specific page, the page number must be inserted at the end. You do not need to write p, pp or page.

Alison Young, ‘In defense of Due Deference’ (2009) 72 MLR 554, 560

Cases

To reference a case you will need the following information:

  • Case name
  • Year of case report
  • Abbreviation of law report series published in
  • Volume number if applicable
  • Starting page of the report
  • Neutral citation if available

Case references will need to be written in the following way:

Case name [year] OR (year) volume report abbreviation first page

 Callery v Gray [2001] 1 WLR 2112

If the case has a neutral citation you will need to include the reference to the case judgement as well as the law report that you have been reading. If you have only consulted the case judgement (usually found free on the internet) then you only need include the neutral citation.

Callery v Gray [2001] EWCA Civ 1117, [2001] 1 WLR 2112

If you are citing or quoting information from a page which is not the first page of the report you will need to include this in your reference. This is called a pinpoint.

Callery v Gray [2001] EWCA Civ 1117, [2001] 1 WLR 2112, 2114

If the case is written using paragraph numbers instead or page numbers the pinpoint will appear as follows:

Callery v Gray [2001] EWCA Civ 1117, [2001] 1 WLR 2112, [12]

 

Websites

Author, ‘title of web article<web address> accessed date

Campaign for Freedom of Information, ‘Whistle-blowing’ <http://www.cfoi.org.uk/whistle.html> accessed 8 February 2011

  • If there is no author for the webpage information use the corporate author for the website such as the BBC, Company name or Organisation name.
  • You must include the date you accessed the website in your reference.
  • If there is no obvious title to the information you are using, reference the webpage heading.

 

Is your information resource not listed above?

Check out the University of Salford’s guide to referencing different resource types:

http://www.salford.ac.uk/skills-for-learning/home/using-and-referencing-information/oscola

 

Example Bibliography

Example of Table of Cases, Table of Legislation and Bibliography to go at the end of your essay

Sample bibliography for OSCOLA style

Remember to ensure the author surname is listed first in the Bibliography.

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