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OSCOLA Referencing Style

The Oxford Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities style of referencing, more commonly known as OSCOLA referencing style or Oxford referencing style, is widely used in the UK for citation of various legal materials in legal writing.

The OSCOLA referencing style follows the Note System of referencing wherein citations all appear in footnotes. Footnotes are indicated with a superscript number for both direct and indirect quotations after the phrase or sentence it relates to. Now on its 4th edition, the OSCOLA style of referencing is commonly used amongst law schools, legal journals and publishers, not just in the UK but also overseas.


The following are some of the different types of legal sources used in OSCOLA referencing:



Primary legal sources

  • Cases
  • Statutes and statutory instruments
  • European Court of Human Rights
  • EU legislation and cases

Secondary legal sources

  • Books and journal articles
  • Law commission reports
  • Websites
  • Newspaper articles


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