Reference styles

Below is an introduction to some of the most popular referencing styles and links to examples of referencing guidance documents and tutorials for each of the referencing styles featured.  


Developed by the Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford, OSCOLA is used to cite authorities, legislation and other legal materials.

The fourth edition can be viewed here. There is also an SCOLA quick reference guide.

The fourth edition does not contain citation advice for International Law sources, however the section on citing these sources from the 2006 edition of OSCOLA is available as a separate document: OSCOLA 2006: Citing International Law.     


  • The Oxford Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities - homepage
  • Cardiff University Information Literacy Resource Bank  - Citing the Law