Help with your dissertation – OSCOLA examples

As LLM students are busy with their dissertations, we think that a selection of OSCOLA (Oxford University Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities ) examples would be beneficial to check that everything is in order with your in-text citations or bibliographies.

The School of Law at the University of Aberdeen expects students to use OSCOLA citation style for their essays and dissertations. Please follow the links to get access to the 4th edition of the OSCOLA guide (2012) and the OSCOLA Citing International Law guide (2006).

The list below also provides valuable information through practical OSCOLA examples:

You can find more information in our OSCOLA library guide. Finally, please remember that staff are always available to help you. Email lawlib@abdn.ac.uk if you have a question.

Good luck with your assignments.

Taylor Library Team

Do you need paper resources from Taylor Library? Please use our Click and Collect service

Although Taylor Library has been closed since Scotland entered Level 4 lockdown, this doesn’t mean that you cannot get books or journal parts from there. The Library provides a Click & Collect service for university staff and students.

You can request items from Taylor Library through Primo. Please, login to Primo with your university IT username and password, search for the item you want to borrow, and simply click on Request in the ‘Get It’ section of the Primo item page. Staff will then fetch the item, issue it, and you will be informed by e-mail when it is available for collection. Remember, as Taylor Library is closed, all collections will be available from the Sir Duncan Rice Library between 10:00 and 17:00 from Monday to Friday.

Please also note that the Click & Collect service is currently for items that are not on loan. We would like to emphasise that Reference items are excluded, and that items held at other branches may take a little longer to provide. Items which have just been returned will be placed in quarantine for 72 hours, in line with international guidance, before they can be issued to another reader – this will be indicated on Primo.

Heavy Demand items

If the item that you wish to borrow is Heavy Demand, it is not possible to request it via Primo, but you can email library@abdn.ac.uk and staff will be able to process your request. The regulation regarding Heavy Demand items has not been changed, and you must remember, that no more than two HD books can be borrowed at any time. You will receive an email notification when your item is ready for collection.

During the current level 4 restrictions, the usual loan period has been extended, and any Heavy Demand items borrowed just now, will be due back at the beginning of April. For readers who borrowed Heavy Demand items on extended loan over the period when the libraries were closed – now that the Sir Duncan Rice Library is open, we would like to ask you to return them. Please, give other users a chance to get those books. If you have any questions on returning books, please contact us on libnotice@abdn.ac.uk.

Collecting items

When collecting your item, please bring your ID card with you, as this will be required for proof of identity. Also, remember to bring suitable bags to carry your items away, as we are unable to provide these. Use your ID card to access The Sir Duncan Rice Library and come to the Welcome Desk for assistance. If your ID card does not allow you access to the building, ring 01224 274505 and wait for staff assistance. Please ensure you wear a face covering and observe the 2m distancing regulations while you are collecting your items.  

Any items not collected within 5 working days will be returned and re-shelved following quarantining. If you have any difficulties or questions regarding requesting items, please contact us on libnotice@abdn.ac.uk.

We know that this is a very difficult time for every student, but final year law students might face more upheaval than others to finish their law dissertations in time by April 2021. If you are one of them, and you need paper resources from Taylor Library, please do not hesitate to use our Click & Collect service. We will do everything we can to satisfy your request or to help you any other ways if we cannot. You can count on us.

Taylor Library Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

Working with Word 2013: how to create a table of contents

First you need to give your document some headings. Then highlight and apply a style to your headings from the Styles group on the HOME tab.  

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Inserting a table of contents (TOC):

  1. Make sure your cursor is at the start of your document.
  2. Open up the REFERENCES tab and click on the drop down arrow in Table of Contents.
  3. Select a style or go to Custom Table of Contents for more options.

Editing the table of contents:

Click anywhere in your table of contents; your TOC will appear with a border around it. There will also be an options tab at the top:

  • Click on the down arrow in Table of Contents. This will allow you to change the style or delete the TOC altogether.
  • Click on Update Table to automatically update your TOC with content that has been added to your work after the insertion of the table of contents.

edit-toc

 

Any questions, come and speak to us!

Working with Word 2013: activating the Navigation Pane

Activating the Navigation Pane

This option is useful when working with long documents as you may not always remember where a specific section is. First you need to give your document some headings.

  • Highlight and apply a style to your headings from the Styles group on the HOME tab.
  • Then go to VIEW (second last tab in Word 2013) and tick the Navigation Pane box in the Show group.
  • Navigate to a section by clicking on it in the Navigation Pane.

Working with Word 2013: numbering pages differently in different sections

Inserting Roman numerals into the first section of your document and Arabic numerals into subsequent ones.

To make this work you need to split your document into two different sections, otherwise Word will apply one sequence of page numbers to the entire document. The process involves opening up the Header & Footer menu. This is where you normally go to add page numbers to your document.

  • Place your cursor right at the start of the second section (or the section with the main body of your text).
  • Go to PAGE LAYOUT and in the Page Setup menu, click on the drop down arrow for Breaks. Choose Next Page. starting-pic

If you want to see how this looks ‘behind the scenes’ click on the HOME tab at the start of the ribbon and click on the paragraph sign  under the Paragraph menu.

  • The document is now divided into two sections.
  • Still on the same page, double click at the top. This action opens up the DESIGN tab which, amongst other things, allows you to add page numbers in the header or footer of your document.
  • In the Navigation menu (still in DESIGN) the tab Link to Previous (=section) appears as active. Click on it to break the link with the previous section.
  • Go to the Header & Footer menu. Click on the drop down arrow for Page Number. Choose the style and location where you want your numbers to appear. design-tab
  • Not done yet! Word recognizes that the page you are on the xth page of your document and it gives it the relevant number. Without closing the DESIGN tab, go back to Page Number in Header & Footer and this time choose Format Page Numbers.  Select Start at: and type number 1 into the box (or whichever page number you want the main section of your text to start at). Click on OKstart-at
  • Scroll up and down to see how your page numbers look. Close the Header & Footer menu using the red x at the far right.

Now the Roman numerals…

  • Back to the first section of your document. (Press Ctrl and Home to be taken to the top.) Double click at the top of your document to bring up the Header & Footer.
  • Go to Page Number in the Header & Footer menu and click on the drop down arrow for Page Number. Again, choose the location where you want your numbers to appear and choose Roman style. If this is not immediately obvious, apply Arabic numbers then go back to Format; from there you can choose the Roman style. Select Start at: i and click on OKroman
  • Close Header & Footer. Well done!

Printing and binding your dissertation

Printing in the Library
When you are ready to print your work:

  1. Open the document and click on the FILE tab at the top left hand side of the screen.
  2. Choose Print. This will bring up the printing menu.

Colour printer

 

 

3. Make sure to choose
COLOUR-pull-pcl on class-print.uoa.abdn.ac.uk
to print in colour.

If you only wish to print certain pages in colour, specify the range in Settings. (Remember to retrieve the job from the colour printer. In Taylor Library, this is the far end MFD in the photocopy area.)

 

 

 

 

4. Still in Settings, set the printer to One Sided if you wish so. The default setting is Print on Both Sides. You also have options for defining the size, orientation and margins of your document, as well as the number of pages per sheet.

  • Printing charges for black & white or colour can be found here.
  • See our other posts: printing single-sided and printing one item from a printing queue. Remember that once a document has been sent to the printer, no changes can
    be made!

The Print Shop
For even better printing quality, you can discuss the available printing options with staff at The Print Shop. The Print Shop is located on the ground floor of The Sir Duncan Rice Library, behind the steps leading to Special Collections. You will be required to submit your dissertation or thesis printout or send it by email (in one PDF) and staff will email you back with the cost for printing and binding. If the file is too large, you can use ZendTo or Dropbox.

  • Charges for printing are 6p per page for black & white and 35p per page for colour 80gsm A4. For more details and options click here.

The Print Shop offers a number of binding options for dissertations and theses:

  • For soft binding, see options and prices here. Dissertation soft binding can take from 30 minutes to a couple of hours depending on the volume of orders. Thesis soft binding can take a day or two.
  • Hard binding of theses when binding up to 2 copies costs £29.70 each, or £26.95 each from 3 copies and above. In your email, remember to state the number of copies you need and the hard cover colour. (Black, navy blue, maroon or green.) Hard binding takes about a week to be completed; date and time for collection will be offered once staff have your affirmative reply. (Completion times are subject to change at the discretion of the departments involved.) More information on hard binding here.

theses

hard binding – image taken from UniPrint

Useful links
Print Shop and UniPrint
http://www.abdn.ac.uk/library/documents/guides/gen/qggen025.pdf

Submission of research theses
http://www.abdn.ac.uk/library/documents/guides/gen/qggen009.pdf

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Please speak to a member of staff at the Taylor Library if you need help with printing on the MFDs or, get in touch with staff at The Print Shop if your query relates to printing and binding.

Taylor Library
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk
01224 272601

The Print Shop
printshop@abdn.ac.uk
01224 272578

Many thanks to Kostas Papadopoulos for all the information on the printing and binding services offered by The Print Shop and UniPrint!