Chapter in an edited book [from Print source using OSCOLA]


Use this format for a chapter in an edited book, where the contents page shows that the chapters have been written by several different people. This format can also apply to a chapter written by the editor(s), or an introduction.

Additional information, including a description of the document, a series number and any other details which may help the reader to locate the source should be referred to in parenthesis after the title.

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 of chapter, 'Title of chapter' in Editor/s (up to three as with authors) (ed/s), Title of Book (Additional information, Edition if later than first, Publisher Year of publication).



AE Tenbrunsel and others, 'Cognitions in Organizations' in SR Clegg, C Hardy and WR Nord (eds), Managing Organizations (Sage 1999).

LS Vygotsky, 'Genesis of the higher mental functions' in P Light, S Sheldon and M Woodhead (eds), Learning to Think (Routledge 1991) 67.

Reference List

Book chapters are listed alphabetically by the first chapter author's surname under the heading Secondary Sources.

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

In your bibliography, the chapter 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, e.g.

Vygotsky LS, 'Genesis of the higher mental functions' in P Light, S Sheldon and M Woodhead (eds), Learning to Think (Routledge 1991)



  • If there are more than three chapter authors, give the names of the first author followed by 'and others'.
  • 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.
  • It is not necessary to give the pages of the contribution but you can add pinpoint references.
  • Reference: Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, OSCOLA: Oxford Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities (4th edn Oxford University 2010) 35.