Single author

Referencing a book with a single author

AuthorTitlePublication detailsPin­point
Mathew Rimmer, Intellectual Property and Bio­technology: Bio­logical Inventions (Edward Elgar, 2008) 120-123
  • The name of the author should appear exactly as it does in the source
  • If the publication is authored by a body (government department, corporation etc.) use that as the author
  • The title of the book should appear in italics as it does on the title page
  • A brief version of the publisher’s name should appear in parentheses followed by publication year
  • Where there are multiple editions of a book an edition number should be included after the publisher’s name (i.e. 3rd).
Entry in bibliography

When the citation appears in a bibliography, list the surname first. Sources should be listed in alphabetical order by surname.

Rimmer, Mathew, Intellectual Property and Biotechnology: Biological Inventions (Edward Elgar, 2008)

Use of edition number

Colin Bodkin, Patent Law in Australia (Thomson Reuters, 2nd ed, 2014)

Corporate author

Australian Law Reform Commission, Family Violence: a Legal Response: Summary Report (Australian Law Reform Commission, 2010)

Further information

A note on citing eBooks

  • Many books appear in both printed and online versions
  • If this is the case, then use the same conventions for citing a printed text
  • Use these conventions even if you sourced the book online.