The Oxford style of referencing, or the documentary-note citation system, is used essentially in research works on certain history and philosophy departments. Oxford is also used in law courses.
Oxford requires page numbers, but they can be positioned on the page at the discretion of the writer, as long as they are consistent. Font should be 12 or 14 point Times New Roman. The margins are one inch, except along the top where they are two inches. The paper should be double spaced, but the reference page should not be.
Oxford requires a very specific title page. At the top of the page is the title of the paper, followed (after skipping a few lines) is the type of paper (essay, article, thesis, etc.), then the date it was written, number of words, name of author, and finally the name of the school. Following is an example of a cover page in Oxford format:
A History of the American Presidency
October 23, 2009
University of Michigan
For every in-text citation there must be a reference listed and vice versa. This reference is a complete acknowledgement of the author(s) and information on how the audience can find the referenced material.
Oxford relies on footnotes and an accompanying bibliography.
For in-text citations, Oxford requires footnotes. Do this by clicking on the “Insert’ tab and then, in order, the sub-sections “Reference” and “Footnote.” This will automatically add a number and a corresponding space on the bottom of the page to insert your footnote. The footnote will be the same citation described below in the references section. You insert the citation in the footnote and again in the references page.
The reference page, similar to the title page, is completely separate from the rest of the paper. After you have finished writing your paper and entered the last period in the document, hit enter to add an extra space, then press the “Insert” button in the tool bar. From the resulting drop down menu select “Page Break” and a new page will appear where you can record your reference list.
The biggest difference between Oxford and other kinds of citation styles is that in Oxford, the bibliography contains works not necessarily referenced in the paper. It may suggest other articles on the same subject, or interesting related books that were not cited in the paper. Of course, it also contains the citations used in the paper, in the style outlined below:
Last name, First name. Title. Publishing City, State: Publishing Company, Year.
Yow, Valerie Raliegh. Recording oral history: a guide for the humanities and social sciences.Walnut Creek, CA: Alta Mira Press, 2005.
Remember to indent the second line and only to capitalize the first letter of the first word of the title.
Last name, First name. “Title of Article.”Title of Magazine Issue/Volume Number (Year Published): Pages.
Banks, William. "A Secret Meeting in Boise."Midwestern Political Review 6 (1958): 26-31.
Last name, First name. “Title of Article.” (Year Published) Volume Number Name of Publication Page Numbers
Jennings W “Courts and Administrative Law – the Experience of English Housing Legislation.”(1936) 49 Harvard Law Review 426-454
Last name, First name. “Title of Page.” Title of Website, Volume, Issue (Date of Article). URL (date of access).
Ellison, Jim. "Assessing the accessibility of fifty United States government Web pages: Using Bobby tocheck on Uncle Sam." First Monday, volume 9, number 7 (July 2004).http://www.firstmonday.org (accessed June 16, 2005).