OSCOLA referencing style is used when submitting work for a module for the School of Law. Due to the complexity of particular sources, some entries are very detailed. Make sure to fully read each page.
Author names in footnotes are given with initials or first names, followed by the surname. For example:
For up to three authors, separate the names with commas, and add the word and before the last author’s name. For example:
TA Baker, John Hart and AFK Davis
4 and more authors
For four or more authors, give the first author’s name followed by and others. For example:
TA Baker and others
If no personal author is given, check to see if any corporate body has acted as publisher or claimed editorial responsibility, and use that as an author, e.g. Ministry of Justice, Department for Constitutional Affairs, etc. If you can find no person or body acting as author, and you are convinced your source is an authoritative one for your purposes, begin the footnote with the title.
In the bibliography, only initials should be used, no forenames/given names. The author's surname/family name should precede the initial(s), with no comma separating them, but a comma after the initial(s).
8 Doreen J McBarnet, Conviction: Law, the State and the Construction of Justice (Oxford socio-legal studies, Macmillan 1981) 67.
McBarnet DJ, Conviction: Law, the State and the Construction of Justice (Oxford socio-legal studies, Macmillan 1981)
If you are citing several works by the same author in your bibliography, list the author's works in chronological order (starting with the oldest), and if from the same year alphabetise on the first major word of the title. After the citation of the first work, replace the author's name with two joined em dashes --.