This case study considers the main features of three referencing software applications – EndNote, Refworks and Zotero – and their advantages and disadvantages for legal scholars.
It defines the key useful features of referencing software as being: a database for storing information about citations; an interface for downloading citations from catalogues and databases; an interface for inserting that information into footnotes and creating bibliographies; and the possibility of having a variety of styles in which citations can be formatted (OSCOLA, BlueBook, AGLC etc).
Each feature is considered in light of responses to a survey of Oxford University Law Faculty academics and research students about how they manage reference information. A skills level rating is provided for each aspect of the three software applications considered. Other issues, such as storage and annotation of PDFs, sharing libraries and cross referencing of footnotes are also briefly considered.
Meredith, Sandra, Critical Review of Referencing Software When Used with OSCOLA (February 14, 2013) 4 (1) European Journal of Law and Technology; Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 75/2012. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2184098 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2184098. Available at http://ejlt.org/