OSCOLA Referencing

Books (Authored)


The following are examples of how to reference books with authors.


Cite the author’s name first, followed by a comma, and then the title of the book in italics.
Where a book has a title and subtitle not separated with punctuation, insert a colon.
If you are citing an edition other than the first, include this as additional information e.g. ‘2nd edn’ or ‘rev edn’. Additional information may also include the editor or translator.


Template (Footnote/Bibliography):

author, | title | (additional information, | edition, | publisher | year).


Timothy Endicott, Administrative Law (OUP 2009).

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

Books with Volumes

If a book has two or more volumes, the volume number usually follows the publication details. An exception is if the publication details of the volumes vary. If so, the volume number should come after the title, separated by a comma.

Template (Footnote):

author, | title | (additional information, | edition, | publisher | year) | volume number.


author, | title, | volume number | (additional information, | edition, | publisher | year).


Christian von Bar, The Common European Law of Torts, vol 2 (CH Beck 2000).

Halsbury’s Laws (5th edn, 2010) vol 57.

Authored Books with Editors or Translators

If an authored work has an editor or translator as well, include them before at the start of the brackets:


Template (Footnote):

Author, | title | (Editor or Translator ed/tr | Additional information, | publisher, | year).


HLA Hart, Punishment and Responsibility: Essays in the Philosophy of Law (John Gardner ed, 2nd edn, OUP 2008).

K Zweigert and H Kötz, An Introduction to Comparative Law (Tony Weir tr, 3rd edn, OUP 1998).