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Skills Team Workshops: Referencing with OSCOLA

Referencing with OSCOLA (The Oxford University Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities)

About this workshop

Workshop description

Regardless of which subject you are writing for, there are key points you should consider when referencing. A large part of referencing properly is simply a case of following rules and an uninformed or careless approach can lead to many easy marks being lost in your assignments.

Referencing is an important academic practice for students to master. This workshop will provide the opportunity to discuss when to reference, what makes a good reference and what is an appropriate number of references within an academic essay/report.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Understand the The Oxford University Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA) system for referencing work
  • Understand some of the key elements of referencing effectively
  • Correctly reference information from a variety of sources

Who this workshop is for

If you are about to undertake your first assignment or need to understand the feedback on an assignment to try to improve future marks, then this workshop can help you. Students from schools using OSCOLA will benefit from attending this workshop, where a hands-on approach will be used to demystify referencing and make you wonder why you ever struggled!


This workshop is run by an Academic & Library Specialist from the Brynmor Jones Library Skills Team.

Workshop format & availability

Video workshop

This workshop is available as a YouTube video series. You can watch it online at any time!

Relevant SkillsGuides

More information on this topic can be found on the following SkillsGuides:

Referencing your work


Relevant referencing guidelines: