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Law : Referencing

Library guide for The Law School

Referencing Introduction & Tutorial

Citing the Law using OSCOLA, an online tutorial created by Cardiff University

When you are writing an assignment, you will often find that you need to refer to other people's work to support your ideas.

Acknowledging this work is all part of communicating your own work to other people interested in what you have written.

This is known as 'citing'. Some of the marks for your assignment or essay will depend on whether you have referenced your work correctly.

OSCOLA Quick Reference Guide

Citing and Referencing using OSCOLA

OSCOLA Referencing

Law students use The Oxford University Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA) style of referencing unlike the rest of the university which uses a Harvard style.

You can find more information about OSCOLA here.

Academic Skillls Tutors

Whether you have come to University straight from school or college or after some years in work or raising a family, you will have certainly found that it differs in many ways from any studying you’ve done before.

The Academic Skills tutors are here to help you find your feet and to develop the skills you need to succeed whatever challenges you face throughout your course. This includes support for citing and referencing in your assignments.

You can book an appointment to see an Academic Skills tutor in your school through their contact page.


Endnote & RefWorks

EndNote is bibliographic reference manager software which enables you to store and manage references in your own/personal databases or ‘libraries’.

As OSCOLA is a specialist referencing style you do have to take extra steps in order for EndNote to format your references correctly. Please follow the instructions in the link above.