What is OSCOLA?

OSCOLA is a referencing style used in Law. It stands for Oxford Standard for Citation Of Legal Authorities.

It is a numbered footnote style, with superscript numbers as citations in the text and footnotes at the bottom of each page.

There is help and support available on the Law Subject Guide and a 2-page Word document OSCOLA quick guide.

For more specific guidance you can request an appointment from the Library Academic Support Team using our Get Help form.

If you are studying Law alongside another subject on one of the "Law with..." courses, you may have to use Harvard referencing for some of your assignments. We advise you to check carefully with your lecturer to see which referencing style you are being asked to use.

[Ask Us Home button]