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Detail from the treatise known as Bracton, composed in the wake of Magna Carta, the most ambitious legal work from medieval England. (Image from the British Library)


Referencing well will improve the quality of your academic work and help you avoid accidental plagiarism.

OSCOLA is the referencing style most commonly used in Law. 

The Library provides referencing guidance and resources. You can also contact your subject librarian with any questions you have about referencing.

Below are some key sources of guidance for referencing using OSCOLA

Law study skills

The Study Skills service offers support and learning materials to enhance your study and academic skills. These are co-created by students, lecturers and study skills experts. 

Law requires techniques of reading, writing, and speaking that are specific to the discipline. The skills you need to practice Law do not always come easy, but practical strategies can be learnt to build up these skills. The library holds many resources to help you improve your academic skills at all levels of study and research. Below are some examples useful for Law: 

OSCOLA Tutorial

This tutorial will show you how to:

  • cite cases and legislation, i.e. the ‘primary’ sources of law, in the accepted way
  • refer to ‘secondary’ sources such as books, journals and government reports in your work, and
  • write a bibliography

using the Oxford Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA), fourth edition.

Cite Them Right Referencing Tutorial

Find out about the principles behind referencing and how to acknowledge the information sources that you use.

This tutorial is made-up of 11 short, self-contained topics, which you can explore and revisit at any time.

Content includes:

  • What is referencing and why it matters
  • What sources are appropriate to reference
  • How to avoid plagiarism
  • How to insert citations into your text