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The Oxford Standard for Citation Of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA) is a referencing style produced by the University of Oxford's Law Faculty and an Editorial Advisory Board. It is a set of rules for accurately citing cases, legislation and other materials. OSCOLA is not only used by universities. Many publishers use this style in their books and journals to ensure that citations are presented clearly and consistently.
As part of your course, you may be asked to use the OSCOLA referencing style to cite the resources you have used in your work.
Referencing your sources is a key aspect of academic and legal writing. By referencing your sources you are demonstrating that:
The library's OSCOLA overview is a good introduction and is designed to be used in conjunction with the OSCOLA handbook.
The OSCOLA handbook (4th edn, 2012) is the full and complete guide to all things OSCOLA style related. This handbook is published by the Law Faculty at the University of Oxford. It gives authoritative explanations of what rules should be followed when presenting you references, either in the main body of your work or in a bibliography. Example references are included to illustrate each rule. If you find the layout of the OSCOLA handbook overwhelming, you may want to have a look at the IALS website where they have reproduced it in smaller chunks.
The OSCOLA quick reference guide is also produced by the Law Faculty at the University of Oxford. It lists the most commonly cited formats, along with examples. It is a useful reference guide, but there's not much explanation, so is only of use once you are comfortable with OSCOLA. Refer to the full handbook to get more information about each format.
OSCOLA international sources is a supplementary document (also produced by the Law Faculty at the University of Oxford). It covers a range of international materials not covered in the main handbook e.g. UN treaties and cases from the International Court of Justice
This short, multiple choice quiz will help you test your referencing skills in a safe, non-assessed context. You will find it helpful to have access to the OSCOLA handbook (PDF). When you complete one question the quiz will automatically move on to the next question for you. The blue bar at the bottom shows your progress.