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Law and Legal Resources

Citation Referencing Styles

It is essential you reference your work correctly to avoid plagiarism.The standard used in the Middlesex Law School-for law only- is Oxford Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA)   currently in its 4th edition.

There  is also a very useful interactive guide by Cardiff University called "Citing the Law"

Citing Law Reports

For many cases you use there will be a number of different law reports series for that case.You should try to cite the most authoritative law report. To determine the most authoritative for the UK you can refer to tools which provide you with the list of law reports in order of authority.

Tools to Look at include:

Westlaw Case Analysis

Lexis Library's Case search

The Law Reports series, published by the ICLR ,is seen as the most authoritative and is the one to cite.

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