Students Studying Law should use the OSCOLA referencing system.
Guides to OSCOLA:
- Students should read the Law Division's OSCOLA Guide first and use this as the definitive guide to law referencing at Abertay.
- The complete OSCOLA guide (4th edition) is also available.
- Also useful is the Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations
What is OSCOLA referencing?
There are three parts to OSCOLA referencing:
- the footnote marker
The footnote marker appears in your text to acknowledge a reference. It is also there to reference where an idea, piece of research, statistic, quotation etc came from - this avoids plagiarism.
- the footnote
The footnote appears on the bottom of the page with details of the resource, ie book, case, legislation etc. Footnotes should be written and formatted according to OSCOLA.
- the bibliography
The bibliography appears at the end of your work, listing all primary and secondary sources. The bibliography should be written and formatted according to OSCOLA.
Here are a few examples of the main types of resource you'll need to reference. Remember, what's included in your reference can vary depending on a number of different factors. For example, what's included in a case footnote and how it's formatted, will depend on the jurisdiction, and whether a neutral citation is available. Always refer to the Law Division's OSCOLA guide as your definitive guide to referencing legal materials.