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Law Subject guide: Citing information and avoiding plagiarism

5 tips for referencing

  1. Find references and sources that help you make your case.
  2. Save all your references in one place or folder.
  3. Bring references into your essay in the way described in the box References & Your Essay.
  4. Know what Referencing Style you have to use and format your references in that style.
  5. Check all your references against examples in your course handbook before you submit your essay.

OSCOLA: Legal referencing for law students

Oscola for law students

OSCOLA Ireland Resources

OSCOLA stands for Oxford University Standard for Citation Of Legal Authorities. The UCD School of Law uses OSCOLA Ireland - an adapted variation of OSCOLA. For more information and a brief and full pdf guide to the style visit Legalcitation official site.


Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations 


AIT Harvard Referencing Guide

Examples of Using Harvard for legal material

Legal resources: Harvard style



In text citation

(European Convention on Human Rights Act, 2003)

In bibliography at end of assignment

European Convention on human rights Act 2003. Act number 20 of 2003 [Online] Available at: [Accessed 3rd July 2013]


In text citation    (Daly, 2010)

In bibliography at end of assignment

Daly, A. (2010) Limited guidance: the provision of Guardian ad Litem services in Ireland.  Irish Journal of Family Law.  13 (1), pp. 8-11


In text citation    (Eastern Health Board v McDonnell 1999)

In bibliography at end of assignment

Eastern Health Board v McDonnell [1999] 1 IR 174 [Online] Available from Justis.  [Accessed 3rd July 2013]

Law Reform Report

In text citation     (Law Reform Commission, 2013)

In bibliography at end of assignment

Law Reform Commission (2013) Report on mandatory sentences. LRC 108-2013, Dublin: Law Reform Commission.  [Online] Available at: [Accessed 3rd July 2013]

Referencing Plagiarism