Book with multiple authors [from Print source using OSCOLA]

Overview

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:

Two authors:

Author 1 and Author 2 (Initials or Forename unpunctuated followed by Surname in each case), Title of Book (additional information, Edition if later than first Publisher Publication year) page number if required.

Three authors:

Author 1, Author 2 and Author 3 (Initials or Forename unpunctuated followed by Surname in each case), Title of Book (additional information, Edition if later than first Publisher Publication year) page number if required.

Four or more authors:

Author 1 and others, (Initials or Forename unpunctuated followed by Surname all other authors abbreviated to 'and others'), Title of Book (additional information, Edition if later than first, Publisher Publication year) page number if required.

Examples

MH Moore and others, Dangerous Offenders: the Elusive Target of Justice (Harvard University Press 1984).

Stephen W Mayson, Derek French and Christopher L Ryan, Mayson, French & Ryan on Company Law (18th edn, Blackstone 2001) 22.

W Strunk and EB White, The Elements of Style (3rd edn, Macmillan 1979) 16-18.

Reference List

List books alphabetically by the first 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 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.

Mayson SW, French D and Ryan CL , Mayson, French & Ryan on Company Law (18th edn, Blackstone 2001)

Moore MH and others, Dangerous Offenders: the Elusive Target of Justice (Harvard University Press 1984)

 

Notes

  • If there are more than three 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.
  • 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) 33-34.