Book with single author [from Print source using OSCOLA]


Don't panic if you see several dates inside the book. The date you need to use is the one which matches the edition of the book that you're using. Ignore any dates that are just listed as reprints or impressions. Look on the book cover and see if it says e.g. Fourth edition (it should also say this on the title page inside the book). In this case all that you need to show in your reference in the bibliography is the date for the 4th edition of the book. Search for the book on the library catalogue to check the details needed for the reference if you are unsure.

Standard Form

As a footnote:

Author (Initials or Forename unpunctuated followed by Surname), Title (additional information, Edition if later than first, Publisher Publication year) page if required.


Doreen J McBarnet, Conviction: Law, the State and the Construction of Justice (Oxford socio-legal studies, Macmillan 1981) 67.

Gareth Jones, Goff and Jones: The Law of Restitution (1st supp, 7th edn, Sweet & Maxwell 2009).

H Gardner, The Arts and Human Development (Wiley 1973) 35-48.

J Peeler, Building Democracy in Latin America (2nd edn, Lynne Reiner 2004) 21.

Reference List

List books alphabetically by the author's surname under the heading Secondary Sources.

In your bibliography, the author's surname should precede his or her initial(s), with no comma separating them, but a comma after the first initial. Only initials should be used, not forenames.

No full stop is required at the end of an entry in a Reference List as this is a list.

For example:

McBarnet DJ, Conviction: Law, the State and the Construction of Justice (Oxford socio-legal studies, Macmillan 1981)


  • If a book has a title and a subtitle, use the existing punctuation. Where there is none, insert a colon.
  • The place of publication need not be given.
  • If there is no author, begin the footnote with the title.
  • Reference: Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, OSCOLA: Oxford Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities (4th edn Oxford University 2010) 34-36.