OSCOLA referencing style is used when submitting work for a module for the School of Law.  Due to the complexity of particular sources, some entries are very detailed.  Make sure to fully read each page.

The text of electronic and print versions will be identical, therefore there is no need to give details of the origin of the source you have used.

A bill is renumbered every time it is reprinted during its passage through Parliament. Therefore, it is important to include details of the exact version you are referring to.

Running numbers for House of Commons (HC) bills are inserted within square brackets; those for the House of Lords (HL) are not.

Standard format

As a footnote:

Title of Bill House in which it originated (i.e. HC or HL)(Parliamentary session) Running number assigned to the Bill, section pinpoint if required.

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Footnote examples

Climate Change Effects HC Bill (2006-07) [54].

Further Education and Training HL Bill (2006-07) 6 s 4(a).

Housing and Regeneration HC Bill (2007-08) [8] s 144.


Abbreviations of sections of bills are only to be used in footnotes. When referring to a section of a bill in the text, pinpoint references should be written in full e.g.

The application of section 4 of the Further Education and Training HL Bill (2006-07) 6, in particular sub-section 4(a), has shown that ...

Section 144 of the Housing and Regeneration HC Bill (2007-08) [8] states that ...



Information on arranging the bibliography.