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





Taylor Library Closure

FullSizeRender (5)Due to measures to restrict the spread of COVID-19, Taylor Library will be closed at 17:00 on Tuesday 17 March 2020 for the foreseeable future.

Please, contact us via emails if you need assistance with online resources. Taylor Library staff will monitor library emails ( from home within office hours (09:00-17:00). Check the university website ( for up-to-date information.

Information  and advice on corona virus situation:

NHS website – general advice:
NHS 111
Government advisory service:

Service news – Printing from your personal devices

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IT Services has confirmed that due to essential maintenance, the Printanywhere service will be unavailable until further notice.

During this time, you will not be able to send documents to print from your personal devices using the Printanywhere service. Printing from a University classroom PC will not be affected.

You can still send documents to the printer from your devices using our WebPrint service. More information on this can be found here.

Remember, WebPrint is not suitable for printing law essays as it defaults to double sided printing and this cannot be changed. Please, use a classroom PC instead, and select Print One Sided option before sending your document to the MFD.

If you need further help, please get in touch with us.

Taylor Library Team



Book sale in Taylor Library

booksale1We are happy to announce that our book sale is now on. Please visit us and check out the books on the trolleys next to the Issue Desk. We sell law books that are duplicates of items in our collection or donations that are not required. They cover almost every area of law, form jurisprudence through criminal law, family law, intellectual property law, land law to EU law.

Our prices are really friendly:

  • Paperback – £1.00
  • Hardback – £2.00
  • Cash only – no card payment

We hope that many of you will find something interesting and useful in the sale section.

Taylor Library Team

Tips for new postgraduate law students

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Are you a new postgraduate law student at the University of Aberdeen?  Do you have assignments to submit?

Here are some practical advice before submission:

Good luck with your assignments.

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:

Alison’s retirement from Taylor Library


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Alison Steed (Principle Information Assistant) and Nicola Will (Site Services Manager)

We are sad to announce that Alison is retiring today after 22 years in the library service. But of course, our sadness will be overtaken by the joy that we know she will enjoy her retirement with her family, especially with her two grandsons.

She has been an integral part of the team here in Taylor Library and we will all miss her very much but wish her all the best for the future.

Taylor Library Team



Service News – Exporting the contents of your e-Shelf in Primo

The Library Service at the University of Aberdeen is preparing for a major system upgrade in January 2020.  One of the immediate effects of this project is that Primo (our resource discovery tool) will also undergo substantial changes. The new version of Primo has the benefit of improved search and retrieval facilities, and its new layout will be more suitable for mobile devices and tablets.

If you are one of those library users who regularly uses Primo and routinely saves items on e-Shelf, please, bear in mind that those items will not be automatically transferred. You will need to export the items of your e-Shelf in Primo or the Library Catalogue before Christmas.


Please consult the following Primo and Library Catalogue guides for guidance how to do the transfer.

If you have a question or need more help, please email us at

Taylor Library Staff



Taylor Library during revision and exam time


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Library staff in Taylor Library always put special emphasis on maintaining an atmosphere which is suitable for individual studies, but during revision and exam time, we try to do more to ensure that the working environment is appropriate for all patrons.

Exam time evidently comes with a lot of stress and the library is busier than usual. We thought that observing the following basic rules can enhance the learning experience here:

  • Making and receiving phone calls is not permitted in Taylor Library. If you need to to make or receive a phone call, please leave the library to do so in the stairwell area of Taylor Block C.
  • If you are working in a silent area, please do not disturb others, remember, talking is not permitted there.
  • Be aware that food is not allowed in silent areas either, so please do not eat there.
  • There is a restricted area in the far half of the ground floor in Block D where the use of electronic devices is not permitted.
  • Please do not leave the library for long periods of time whilst using screen savers on library computers. Any PC which is left in this way will be logged out after a period of 30 minutes. This might mean that any unsaved work will be lost.
  • Leaving your personal belongings unattended could be dangerous. The Library cannot take responsibility for lost items. Any belongings unattended for 30 minutes or more will be removed to the staff office.
  • Although conversation is permitted in quiet areas, please remember, these chats must be very brief and quiet.

We would like to wish you good luck with your exams.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Taylor Library Staff


Extended opening hours at The Sir Duncan Rice Library

24 7With the exam period fast approaching, the Library Services at the University of Aberdeen is offering extended, 24/7 opening hours for students and staff.

The Sir Duncan Rice Library (TSDRL) opened at 11:00 on Sunday 17 November, and it stays open continuously until 22:00 on Friday 13 December 2019.

There will be swipe card access after 22:00 every day, so please bring your ID card with you if you want to stay longer as access will not be permitted without a valid ID card.

Please, read more information about the extended opening hours here.

While TSDRL is open for 24/7 before and during exams, the site libraries – e.g. Taylor Library and Medical Library – are open as normal. Follow the link for more details.

If you have any feedback or suggestion, please contact us at

Taylor Library Team