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Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation (8th ed): Books

Also known as the "McGill Guide"

General Form

References for this section are taken from E-124 to E-132 of the McGill Guide (8th ed).

A) General Form

Leong Wai Kum, Elements of Family Law in Singapore, 3rd ed (Singapore: LexisNexis, 2018) at 74.

B) General Rules

1) Author - indicate the author's name as it is presented on the title page of the book

2) Title - indicate the title in full in italics. Precede subtitles by a colon

3) Edition - abbreviate edition to "ed" and revised edition to "revised ed"

4) Place of publication - indicate the place of publication as it appears on the title page or on the verso of the title page. Use an English form of a name if it exists. If more than one place of publication is listed, include the first place only

5) Publisher - write the publisher's name as it appears on the title page and do not abbreviate

6) Year of publication - indicate the year of the current publication and not the year of printing

7) Pinpoints - prefer paragraph pinpoints to page pinpoints, and begin with "at para" or "at paras". Do not include "p" to indicate the page number.

Single Author

Indicate the author's name as it is presented on the title page of the book. Include:

  • initials used (but no space between initials)
  • titles, if they appear on the title page (e.g. Professor or Lord)
  • name suffixes (e.g. Jr or IV)
  • but not the author's degrees or other credentials. 

Example 1

Tan Yock Lin, Personal Property Law (Singapore: Academy Publishing, 2014).

Example 2

Jeffrey PinslerEvidence and the Litigation Process, 7th ed. (Singapore: LexisNexis, 2020).

Joint Author

A) Include up to three authors, separating the first two authors' names with a comma, and the last two with an ampersand (&)


Chan Wing Cheong, Neil Morgan Stanley Yeo, Criminal Law in Singapore, 4th ed (Singapore: LexisNexis, 2022).

B) If there are more than three authors, include only the first author's name followed by et al.


Colin Birss et al, Terrell on the Law of Patents, 18th ed (London: Sweet & Maxwell/Thomson Reuters, 2016).

C) For collaborations other than full joint authorship, follow the usage on the title page of the book.


Roger Blanpain with the collaboration of Chris Engels, European Labour Law, 3rd revised ed (Deventer: Kluwer Law and Taxation Publishers, 1995).

Editor of a Collection

A) Indicate the name of the editor before the title. Abbreviate editor to ed and editors to eds, preceded and followed by a comma.


Simon Chesterman, edData Protection Law in Singapore: Privacy and Sovereignty in an Interconnected World, 2nd ed (Singapore: Academy Publishing, 2018).

B) If the author's name is part of the title, treat the editor as the author, followed by ed. 


HG Beale, edChitty on Contracts, 33rd ed (London: Sweet & Maxwell/Thompson Reuters, 2018).

C) Other rules

  • Include up to 3 editors, separating the first 2 editors' names with a comma, and the last 2 with an ampersand "&"
  • If there are more than 3 editors, include only the 1st editor's name followed by "et al".