Below is a very short list of a number of Reference Management products. There are some that are free but if you are an OU member you can check with OUCS to see which products Oxford has a licence to distribute to it's members.
Below is a selected list of law indexes, catalogues and databases with a list of what they will currently export to.
SOLO (Library Catalogue)
Lexis Library (subscription)
Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals (subscription)
Social Science Citation Index (subscription)
Google Scholar (free)
When writing essays, theses or dissertations or when conducting research it is important to make a note of which resources you have used for future checking and for footnotes and publications. There are a number of software products that allow you to do this and we have listed these on the left hand side (there are lots more than these). You will find that some of the databases and online indexes will have the ability to export references directly to some of the software which can be quite useful. If you find books and articles on SOLO again you can export these. It is worth bearing in mind
There is an OSCOLA style written for the EndNote software (see citation tab for more information on OSCOLA) and there is also a style written for Refworks. More information can be found on the Faculty pages.
The standard that is used at Oxford and many other institutions is Oxford Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA). This is currently in its 4th edition and is available online at https://www.law.ox.ac.uk/research-subject-groups/publications/oscola
There is a very good interactive guide on using OSCOLA called Citing the Law which is produced by Cardiff University.
There are also other referencing systems, another one that is used by many universities and institutions is Harvard Referencing (or sometimes referred to as Parenthetical referencing). There are many guides produced by institutions on the use of this which operates as a author-date system where the basics are put in brackets in the main text and then full details are given in footnotes or bibliography.
Referencing work properly is essential (for more information on avoiding plagiarism see the tab on Legal Writing). For more information on citation for cases and legislation then see the tab on Citation.
OU members and members of the Bodleian Libraries can export references from SOLO to selected reference management software. Below is a step by step guide on how to do this.