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Official Publications: Referencing

A guide to the official publications collections held within the Cambridge University Libraries.


Your academic department will probably specify a referencing style for you to use. Consult the Cambridge Reference Management LibGuide for assistance.

If you are writing for publication, the editor will specify the style you need to use, and it may be detailed on the publisher or journal website.

Below is a list of links to the main referencing style guides. 

Referencing management software

Click on the logos to access usage guides:




To find out more about the University of Cambridge's view on plagiarism and good academic practice, as well as further advice on how and when to reference, visit these guidance pages.

Other useful LibGuides


OSCOLA - Oxford Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities

As official publications are often cited by lawyers, OSCOLA, is the style that deals with the topic most comprehensively. It is also freely available.

Referencing styles

  • Harvard 
    The most commonly used style of referencing; used widely in academic journals
    Guide to Harvard Referencing from Imperial College, London
  • APA (American Psychological Association)
    Citation technique usually used in the Social Sciences
    APA style website
  • Chicago
    Style guide for typographical and citation techniques often used by academic publishers
    Chicago Manual of Style online
  • IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) 
    Standards Development Lifecycle; writing and referencing guidance used in the fields of Engineering and Technology
  • MLA (Modern Language Association)
    Citation technique used particularly in academic writing for languages and literature
    MLA Style Centre; writing resources
  • MRHA (Modern Humanities Research Association) 
    Citation style used for academic theses and essays in the Humanities
    Download the MRHA style guide
  • Vancouver
    Style of referencing using a numerical system - often used in medical writing
    Guide to Vancouver Referencing from Imperial College, London

Cite them right

US legal citation systems

The Bluebook: a Uniform System of Citation (password required - please contact the Squire Law Library enquiry desk).
Chicago - The Maroonbook - The University of Chicago Manual of Legal Citation.

Citing Hansard

This House of Commons information factsheet has some information (page 5) on how to cite Hansard and committee debates.

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