In this post, we highlight those general rules of OSCOLA referencing style that you need to adhere to when you cite newspaper articles in your essay or dissertation.
The elements of the citation are as follows:
- Give the name of the author
- Then, the title of the article
- The name of the newspaper (in Italics)
- (the city of publication and the date) – in brackets
- The page number (if it is known) follows the brackets
- Web address (if the article published online only, and there is no page number available).
Jane Croft, ‘Daughter loses out to animal charities over mother’s will: Supreme Court ruling’ Financial Times (London, 16 March 2017) 3
Dan Sabbagh, ‘Cambridge Analytica predecessor had access to secret MoD information’ The Guardian (London, 29 March 2018) <https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/29/cambridge-analytica-predecessor-had-access-to-secret-mod-information> accessed 30 March 2018
- Be careful, some newspapers have the definite article, ‘The’ in their title, others do not. Make sure that you use the correct name of the newspaper.
- If your reference is to an editorial, cite the author as ‘Editorial’.
For more information, please see Page 42 in the OSCOLA user guide or visit us in the Taylor Library & EDC.
Taylor Library Team
The present post gives you a short summary of the primary and secondary legislation in the United Kingdom in accordance with the Oxford University Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA, 4th edition). It could be particularly useful for students who are writing their dissertations over the summer and want to cite UK legislation. For more information, please see pp. 23-28 in the OSCOLA user guide.
© UK Parliament
UK primary legislation:
- Acts of the UK Parliament
- Acts of the Scottish Parliament
- Scottish Parliament Bills
- Acts of the Welsh Assembly (previously known as Welsh Measures)
- Welsh Assembly Bills
- Acts of the Northern Ireland Assembly
(or previously, Acts of the Parliament of Northern Ireland)
- Bills of the Northern Ireland Assembly
UK secondary legislation:
- UK Statutory instruments (previously known as Statutory rules, regulations
- Rules of court
- Statutory instruments of the Welsh Assembly
- Statutory instruments of the Scottish Parliament
- Northern Ireland statutory rules.
Taylor Library Team
In the following example, we demonstrate the subsequent citation of a case. The short form of the case name must be sufficient to identify the source.
If the full name of the case is given in the text e.g. AWB Limited v Honourable Terence Rhoderic Hudson Cole, the citation is provided in footnotes as follows:
74  FCA 571.
76 AWB Limited (n. 74).
Interpreting the footnotes:
74 As the name of the case is given in your text, it is not given in the footnote.
76 For subsequent citation, a short form of the case is sufficient to identify the source along with a cross-citation to the full citation.
Note that it is also acceptable to give the full citation every time a source is cited, and the Law School may prefer this to the use of short forms. Always consult your supervisor or course coordinator if you are uncertain about referencing and citing using OSCOLA.
For more information, see Page 5 in the OSCOLA user guide. For more OSCOLA examples, please follow the link here.
Taylor Library Staff