Tip of the Day: Citing cases in footnotes

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  Did you know

… if the full name of the case is given in your text, it is not given in the footnote?

  For example:

Amongst Lord Reid’s cases where there seems to have been a late change of mind and vote include such famous cases as Rookes v Barnard47 White and Carter (Councils) Ltd v McGregor, 48 Anisminic Ltd v Foreign Compensation Commission, 49 Home Office
v Dorset Yacht Co,
 50 and Cassell v Broome. 51

  Footnote:

 (47) [1964] AC 1129.
 (48) [1961] UKHL 5.
 (49) [1969] 2 AC 147.
 (50) [1970] UKHL 2.
 (51) [1972] UKHL 3.

For more information, see pages 3-4 in OSCOLA user guide.

 Taylor Library Staff

Tip of the Day – Contributions to edited books

OSCOLA finalIf you are citing a chapter or essay in an edited book, follow the steps below:

  • Cite the author
  • ‘Title’ of the contribution
  • in editor (ed)
  • book title (in italics)
  • (additional information, publisher, year)

Remember that it is not necessary to give the pages of the contribution.

Example:

Justine Pila, ‘The Value of Authorship in the Digital Environment’ in William H Dutton and Paul W Jeffreys (eds), World Wide Research: Reshaping the Sciences and Humanities
in the Century of Information
(MIT Press 2010)

Tip! For more information, see page 35 in the OSCOLA user guide.

 

Tip of the Day: OSCOLA – Bibliographies

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 A bibliography lists all the secondary sources you cited in your essay or dissertation. It should be provided at the end of your work – after the main body of text, any appendices, and tables of primary sources that you have referred to.
Works in a bibliography are arranged in alphabetical order by the surname of
the first author.
Please note that references in a bibliography should include:
  • The author’s surname followed by his or her initial(s), with no comma
    separating them, but a comma after the final initial.
  • Only initials should be used.
  • Where there are more than 3 authors, give the first author followed by
    the phrase ‘and others’.
  • Titles of unattributed works should be preceded by a double em-dash
    (— — title of work).

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Examples

Citation in a footnote:
15 Elisabeth Fisher, Risk Regulation and Administrative Constitutionalism
(Hart Publishing 2007) 15.

Citation in the bibliography:
Fisher E, Risk Regulation and Administrative Constitutionalism
(Hart Publishing 2007).

For more information, see pages 11-12 in the OSCOLA User Guide or consult the Library’s quick guide on citing legal authorities.

Taylor Library Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk