/ Referencing help- how do I reference the mental capacity act???

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nikki_smilez - on 16 Feb 2011
Help!!!

Looking for advice from the ever-reliable ukc!!

I'm just referencing an essay I've written on medical ethics and need to reference the mental capacity act, which i have accessed here; http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2005/9/contents

I'm using endnote and referencing in vancouver style. I'm hoping there might be some lawyers or law students who can tell me how to reference legislation. Not sure what info i need to include?

Thanks!
Nikki.
Milesy - on 16 Feb 2011
In reply to nikki_smilez:
> Help!!!
>
> Looking for advice from the ever-reliable ukc!!
>
> I'm just referencing an essay I've written on medical ethics and need to reference the mental capacity act, which i have accessed here; http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2005/9/contents
>
> I'm using endnote and referencing in vancouver style. I'm hoping there might be some lawyers or law students who can tell me how to reference legislation. Not sure what info i need to include?
>
> Thanks!
> Nikki.

Something like. (using the PDF reference rather than the webpage version)

Mental Capacity Act 2005, [online] Available at:< http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2005/9/pdfs/ukpga_20050009_en.pdf > [Accessed 16 Feb 2011].

Important to say when it was accessed as it is online material. It wouldnt let me post the reference without adding the spaces after < and before > so remove them.


Milesy - on 16 Feb 2011
woops. I read harvard style.
nikki_smilez - on 16 Feb 2011
In reply to nikki_smilez:

I meant harvard! lol, always get the 2 muddled up! thats great, cheers for your help
Milesy - on 16 Feb 2011
Maybe...

Mental Capacity Act 2005 [monograph on the Internet]. Crown copyright; 2005 [cited 2011 Feb 16]. Available from: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2005/9/pdfs/ukpga_20050009_en.pdf.

(all one line of course)
Milesy - on 16 Feb 2011
In reply to nikki_smilez:
> (In reply to nikki_smilez)
>
> I meant harvard! lol, always get the 2 muddled up! thats great, cheers for your help

Wish I read this before I done the other one haha :)
nikki_smilez - on 16 Feb 2011
Thanks for your help anyway :)

Man I hate ethics essays!
In reply to nikki_smilez: Academics love their referencing don't they? Often seems that the way the referencing is done is more important to them than the quality of thought and argument. I know what my views are on that...
Bokonon - on 16 Feb 2011
In reply to nikki_smilez:

I don't think you should reference it as though it was online - the fact you accessed it online isn't really relevant - you are referencing the legislation itself, the need to reference the link and accessed dates for web references are based on the changeability of web based references which aren't relevant to an act of parliament like this.

I think it should be:

1. Title of the Act including the date underlined, or bold, or in italics

2. The letter c followed by chapter number of the Act in brackets

3. Place of publication followed by a comma

4. Publisher followed by a full stop.

So something like:

Mental Capacity Act 2005 (c 9) London, HMSO.
nikki_smilez - on 17 Feb 2011
wayne i hope you're right because the quality of my argument is pretty rubbish!

I've referenced it as it was referenced in a bma document, so mental capacity act 2005, s1(5) etc, should be fine!

thanks for everyones suggestions :)
Sarah G on 17 Feb 2011
In reply to nikki_smilez:

You need this;

http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?PID=410850

Completely invaluable, because as has been said, academics do love their references and it is possible at university level to lose marks for not citing references correctly.

Incidently, you should say,
"Wish I had read this before I did the other one......etc"

rather than
"Wish I read this before I done the other one haha :) "

God, I hope that doesn't reflect your prose style in your essays!

Sx
nikki_smilez - on 17 Feb 2011
It's ok, this is the last essay of my university life! Then I intend to avoid academia at costs in my future career!
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Sarah G on 18 Feb 2011
In reply to nikki_smilez:
Good luck, then!

Sx

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