Oblivion Question: How do you use a staff?

I’ve hacked my way through the game as a fighter. Now I want to start over as a mage. I’ve got the basics down, but I have a question - how do you use a staff? (I’ve picked up a few, but have treated them solely as sources of funds.)
Do you swing them at a critter, and they get hit with whatever effect they have, or do you use them to cast a spell?


Ack, double post. Mods, could you delete this one?


I emailed a request for you.

Closing duplicate thread.