Government department publication [from Print source using OSCOLA]


Bear in mind the general guidance in OSCOLA for secondary sources: if an item has an ISBN, treat is as a book. If it is an electronic source identical to the print version treat, it as the print version. Otherwise treat sources without ISBNs in a similar way, but with the title in roman rather than italics and within single quotation marks as for journals. Remember that authors can be corporate or official bodies as well as individuals.

Standard Form

As a footnote:

Author, ‘Title’ (additional information, publisher year) page if required.


Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, 'Bigger, Better Business: Helping Small Firms Start, Grow and Prosper' (TSO 2011).

Home Office, 'Prisons Policy for England and Wales(HMSO 1994).

Office of the Parliamentary Counsel, 'Queen's or Prince's Consent' (Office of the Parliamenntary Counsel, July 2015) 4.

Reference List

List government department items alphabetically by the name of the department under the heading Secondary Sources, with all the other secondary sources. 

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

With corporate or government agencies authors, the footnote and bibliography entry will look the same, with the exception that a footnote may have a pinpoint page number at the end of the footnote. 



If you wish to use a shortened version of the title in further citations give the short form in brackets at the end of the first citation e.g.

University of Oxford, Report of Commission of Inquiry (OUP 1966) vol 1, ch 3 (Franks Report).

Thereafter in text and footnotes you can refer to the Franks Report.

Reference: Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, OSCOLA: Oxford Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities (4th edn Oxford University 2010) 39.