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Guide to using Zotero reference management software

Tips for Law students

Zotero is the recommended reference management software for Law. It's only possible to export certain types of reference from legal databases, however, so please note the following:

  • It's not possible to export references to case law and legislation. These need to be added manually.
  • It's not possible to export from Lexis Library to any of the three reference management packages we support (Zotero, EndNote, Mendeley) only RefWorks.
  • It's not possible to export book references from Westlaw UK, only journal articles.
  • To export from Hein Online, you need to create a MyHein account first.

Citation style: OSCOLA

The preferred citation style for legal references is the Oxford Standard Oxford University Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA).

There are three OSCOLA styles in the Zotero Style Repository. Students should use the first one on the list and not the 'no ibid' style or the 'University of York' style.

For further guidance about using OSCOLA with Zotero (e.g. for examples of which fields to use when entering case references manually), students may find it useful to refer to the OSCOLA webpages.