Help with your upcoming essays – OSCOLA examples

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Although our campus is closed and many students have returned home, it does not mean that the university studies are over for the academic year. Online teaching and assessments are still ongoing, and students are busy with revisions, assignments, and essays.

This blog post will provide help to those who are preparing to submit essays and struggling with OSCOLA referencing style. Over the years, we have covered this topic many times, and frequently posted information on OSCOLA. Please see the list of areas, we have previously included:

  • Abbreviations commonly used in case names
  • Citing journal articles: the dilemma of round or square brackets
  • Citing newspaper articles
  • Citing hard copy journal articles
  • Subsequent citation of a case
  • Table of cases (EU cases)
  • Tables and lists
  • Bibliographies
  • Law essays and dissertations citing resources with OSCOLA.

Please follow this link to see all our examples.

You may also find the following links to library guides and online resources helpful:

If you still have questions, please email us at:

Taylor Library Team





Old Aberdeen Library: January

On 14 & 17 January 2020 between 10:30 and 12:30 Aberdeen City Library staff will be based on the Ground Floor of The Sir Duncan Rice Library to assist with any queries in relation to the Old Aberdeen Library project.

Staff will be able to sign up users up for membership and advise on the different services that members of City Libraries have access to.

Old Aberdeen Library

For more information see our page:

Taylor Library – Block D Ground Floor CLOSED

Block D closed

We would like to advise our readers that, until further notice, Taylor Library Block D ground level will be closed from Monday to Friday between 9 am and 10 am. The closure is essential for our stock maintenance project.

We  apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Taylor Library Team


New Look Westlaw UK is live

Legal Information Update

Westlaw UK has recently undergone some major interface changes, refining many features and bringing the general look and feel in line with Westlaw International.

As before you should access Westlaw UK via Primo, our resource discovery tool. Users familiar with the previous Westlaw UK interface will have no trouble locating cases, legislation and articles etc, as the content header tabs are similarly displayed at the top of the page in the collections navigation bar. Clicking on any of the main content tabs opens up a second layer of tabs, providing in depth searching and browsing options. You can also search across all collections or browse by topic right from the home page. The Options button allows you to select specific collections to search across.

Westlaw UK new look homepage: Westlaw UK new look homepage: The collections Navigation Bar, Options button and Browse by Topic highlighted


The Cases tab opens up to Cases…

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Summer opening hours in Taylor Library

From Saturday 19 May 2018 to Monday 03 September 2018, Taylor Library & EDC will operate the following summer vacation hours:

Summer op

For all branches’ opening hours, click here.

Please visit us if you need help with law resources or just a quiet place to study.

Taylor Team

Working with Word 2013: numbering pages differently in different sections

Legal Information Update

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…

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