The Proceedings of the Old Bailey
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- Old Bailey Proceedings [or OBP].
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Trial citations should include the month and year of the sessions, the defendant's name, and the trial reference number (found at the top of each trial), using the following format:
- Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 6.0, 17 April 2011), April 1754, trial of Elizabeth Canning (t17540424-60).
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- Old Bailey Proceedings[or OBP], April 1754, Elizabeth Canning (t17540424-60).
To cite whole Sessions, if for instance you are referring to jury lists or summary information, use the following format:
- Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 6.0, 17 April 2011), 15 April 1724 (17240415).
To cite one of the Ordinary of Newgate's Accounts use the following format:
- Old Bailey Proceedings (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 6.0, 17 April 2011), Ordinary of Newgate's Account, 27 June 1726 (OA17260627).
Subsequent citations could use a shortened form such as:
- OBP, Ordinary's Account, 27 June 1726 (OA17260627).
To cite a search, you should quote the search phrase as it appears in the yellow box at the top of the search results list, or as it is quoted in your workspace after having been saved:
- Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 6.0, 17 April 2011), Searched for all offences where the transcription matches '"knife"' and offence category is killing, between 1730 and 1800.
Similarly, to cite a statistics search, cite the text at the top of the statistics results page which indicates the calculation performed, as in:
- Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 6.0, 17 April 2011), Tabulating decade against defendant gender, between 1750 and 1849. Counting by defendant.
Recommended citation formats are available by clicking on the Cite this page link in the upper right hand corner of each page.
Citations of pages from the Historical Background or About the Proceedings sections should identify Clive Emsley, Tim Hitchcock and Robert Shoemaker as the authors, and use the following format:
- Clive Emsley, Tim Hitchcock and Robert Shoemaker, "Gender in the Proceedings", Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 6.0, 17 April 2011).
Citations from one of the Research and Study Guides should identify Tim Hitchcock, Sharon Howard and Robert Shoemaker as the authors, and use the following format:
- Tim Hitchcock, Sharon Howard and Robert Shoemaker, "Doing Statistics", Old Bailey Proceedings Online (www.oldbaileyonline.org, version 6.0, 17 April 2011).