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The Oxford University Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA) is designed to help the author to achieve consistency and to make life easier for the reader.


Referencing Tips & OSCOLA (video)
This video will cover referencing tips for students at any level. It will also show students where to go to find more help with referencing.


Includes updates for changes to citation of EU and retained EU Legislation following Brexit and other changes to citation of EU cases and legislation. Also provides examples for:

  • A source cited in a secondary source
  • A judgment citing another judgment
  • eBooks
  • Book reviews
  • Radio programmes
  • Speeches
  • Dictionaries
  • Podcasts, YouTube etc

Note: The suggestions on this page have not yet been discussed and approved by the OSCOLA editorial board.

Citing Primary Sources - Statutes (video)

Includes information about pinpointing certain sections, section abbreviations, and where to find this information in the document.

Citing Primary Sources - Cases (video)
Includes information about reported and unreported cases, the legal report hierarchy, the Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations, cases with and without a neutral citation, when to use [square] or (round) brackets, how to find law reports in a legal database, and citing judges.

Citing Secondary Sources - Books (video)
Includes information about whole books, books with one author/editor, books with more than one author/editor, corporate authors, no authors, and book chapters.

Citing Secondary Sources - Journal Articles (video)
Includes information about articles with one or more author, using [square] or (round) brackets, using the Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations to abbreviate journal titles (when necessary), and referencing online journal articles.

Citing Secondary Sources – Webpages and Blogs (video)
Includes information about citing websites with different types of authors or no authors and citing blogs with authors or no authors.


Inlcudes HeinOnline, LexisNexis, vLex Justis, and Westlaw.

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