Book with corporate 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, Title (additional information, Edition if later than first, Publisher Publication year) page if required.


American Psychological Association, Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th edn, Author 2001).

University of Oxford: Faculty of Law, OSCOLA 2006: The Oxford Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities (Oxford University 2006).

University of Portsmouth: Centre for Coastal Zone Management, Best Practice Guide for the Preparation of Coastal Zone Management Plans : tender submitted by the Centre for Coastal Zone Management, University of Portsmouth (University of Portsmouth Enterprise Ltd 1995) 10.

Reference List

List books alphabetically by the corporate author's name 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.


  • 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.