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OSCOLA: Tips for saving your word count

short presentation on how to save your word count when writing footnotes for your assignment by using ibid and (n) in OSCOLA
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Nicola Sales

on 16 May 2012

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Transcript of OSCOLA: Tips for saving your word count

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Saving your word count
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If you write the full name of a case in the text of your essay you don't need to repeat it in the footnotes - just put the citation .... [2009] AC 564
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If you need to cite the case again and the citation follows directly on from the original citation, write
ibid

Ibid means 'in the same place'
If you are citing from the same case, article or book but its on a different page, remember to include this in your reference:
ibid 567

This would mean 'in the same work as the citation above but at page 567'
What happens if your citing a reference you already used but it isn't the immediately preceding footnote?

You can save your word count by using (n ...)

Using n refers the reader back to a previously cited footnote, following the n put the original footnote number (n32)

If you are citing from the same work but quoting from a different page, put your pinpoint after the (n32)

(n32) 26

Its useful to put the author or first party name of a case in your reference to:

Austin (n32) 26
Book citation
Case citation
Website citation
citing a reference to the same resource used in footnote 3 but reference is to a different page number
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