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6.2 Essays in edited books

6.2.1 General form

Cite essays in edited books and texts where each chapter has an identified author in accordance with this rule where a specific chapter or part of the text is being referred to.

The format is essentially the same as for referencing texts, but includes the author of the essay or chapter, followed by the title of the essay or chapter in quotation marks, before the citation of the text. Give the page on which the essay or chapter begins after the citation to the text. The general form is therefore as follows:



Title of essay followed by “in”

Citation of text

Page on which the essay begins



Robin Cooke

“Tort and Contract” in

PD Finn (ed) Essays on Contract (Law Book Company, Sydney, 1987)


at 229







Eg Robin Cooke “Tort and Contract” in PD Finn (ed) Essays on Contract (Law Book Company, Sydney, 1987) 222 at 229.

Eg Jessica Palmer Constructive Trusts in Andrew Butler (ed) Equity and Trusts in New Zealand (2nd ed, Thomson Reuters, Wellington, 2009) 335 at 339.

If the text is being referred to generally without reference to any specific essay or chapter, cite the text in accordance with rule 6.1.

Eg Michael Taggart (ed) The Province of Administrative Law (Hart Publishing, Oxford, 1997).

6.2.2 Essay author

Give the name of the essay author in accordance with rule 6.1.2.

When citing a collection of essays all written and edited by the same author, do not give the author's name twice. Give the author's name before the title of the essay; do not repeat the author's name as the editor of the text.

Eg John Finnis Practical Reason’s Foundations in Reason in Action: Collected Essays Volume 1 (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2011) 19 at 37.

6.2.3 Essay title

Give the essay title in quotation marks rather than italics, to distinguish it from the title of the text in which the essay appears.

6.2.4 Citation of text

The title of the essay is followed by the name of the editor, title of the book, edition, publisher, place of publication and year of publication. Give all this information in accordance with rules above.

If a collection of essays or a text where each chapter has an identified author does not have an identified editor, give the authors of the essays or chapters as the authors of the book. In accordance with rule 6.1.2(e), list all authors if there are three or fewer or only the first author if there are more than three.

Eg Scott Optican “Search and Seizure” in Paul Rishworth and others The New Zealand Bill of Rights (Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 2003) 418 at 425.

6.2.5 Starting page

Give the page of the book at which the essay being cited begins before the pinpoint citation.

6.2.6 Pinpoint

(a) Generally

A pinpoint citation for an essay in an edited book or a text where each chapter has an identified author may be to a page or, if the essay or chapter has paragraphs, to the paragraph.

(b) Footnotes

When giving a pinpoint citation to a footnote or endnote, give the reference to the paragraph or page in which the footnote or endnote appears followed by a comma and “n x” where “x” is the number of the footnote or endnote.

Eg Gareth Jones “A Topography of the Law of Restitution” in PD Finn (ed) Essays on Restitution (Law Book Company, Sydney, 1990) 1 at 19, n 108.

(c) Subsequent citations

If another essay from the edited book has already been cited, cite the details of the edited collection again in full. Subsequent references to an essay from an edited collection should refer to the first instance in which the particular essay is cited (rather than the first instance in which the edited collection is cited).

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