Legal Citation Guide: Bluebook, OSCOLA, and Indian Law Institute Citation Styles

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It is important that law students know citation methods if they want to excel in the art of writing the perfect research paper.

Most of the time, students are not well aware of the proper citation styles.

We have crafted an article for you to help you understand the types of citations and their respective rules.

Bluebook Citation Style

The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation is a style guide that prescribes the most widely used legal citation system in the United States. The Bluebook is compiled by the Harvard Law Review Association, the Columbia Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, and the Yale Law Journal. 

For 20th Harvard Bluebook, Click Here.

For 19th Harvard Bluebook, Click Here.

OSCOLA Citation Style

OSCOLA is a footnote style: all citations appear in footnotes . OSCOLA does not use endnotes or in-text citations, such as ‘(Brown, 2007)’ . Longer works, such as books and theses, also include citations in tables of cases and legislation, and bibliographies 

For OSCOLA Quick Reference Guide, Click Here.

For OSCOLA Complete Guide, Click Here.

Indian Law Institute Citation Style

The Institute has formulated a set pattern of footnoting, which is followed in The Journal of Indian Law Institute, Annual Survey of Indian Law and various other publications of the Institute. Contributors of articles, notes and comments are required to follow this pattern.

To download this citation style, click here.


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