Law databases

Are you searching for dissertation topics? Or,  just need some legal resources? Before you begin your research and get lost in the rising sea of information, let us help you with a few useful links.

Check out what the law electronic databases can offer to you. These are excellent tools, and no matter what stage your studies are at, you can rely on them.
Please, find the mainstream legal databases and their training materials here:

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Westlaw International

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Taylor Library Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

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Do you need help with your dissertation?

Inter Library Loans for taught postgraduates and final year undergraduates

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Are you preparing for your dissertation and you need a book or an article we do not have in stock? Have you ever thought of using Inter Library Loan (ILL) services? Through the national Inter Library Loan network, we can obtain materials for you from other libraries.

The post will explain how this service operates and highlight a few important facts you need to consider before requesting this service.

Before you submit your ILL request

Please make sure you have checked Primo before you submit your request. Each year, the ILL Team find approximately 50% of requests received are for items already in the University of Aberdeen’s library collections. If you are not sure how to search for items on Primo, or how to interpret the library record of the item, please come to the Issue/Help Desk or email us, and we will help you.

Please make sure that you have as much details as possible about the item(s) you need. Also, if it is a book that you want to request, you can check the author and title on Copac, and it would give you an idea how many institutions have the book.

What material can you request?

Books, reports, copies of patents or standards or journal articles may be requested.

How much does the ILL service cost?

Unfortunately, this is not a free service, so you need to pay for it when you are submitting your request. You can buy ILL vouchers at the Issue Desk in Taylor Library. A voucher costs £7.00 and covers one standard Inter Library Loan request. You can find the full list of the ILL charges here.

The progress of your request

Please, be aware that we cannot predict when you can get your requested items from other libraries, or that your request will be ever met. Usually, books could take up to 4 – 6 weeks to get here, while journal articles can be quicker, as these days they are scanned and sent immediately. You can check the progress of your ILL request through the Library Catalogue. Please login to the catalogue using your university username and password.

Please Note

  • Usually brand new books (e.g. published in 2018 and 2019) would not be sent out
  • If a book was on loan at the institution, it would not be recalled
  • If their copy was in their Heavy Demand section, they would not lend it either
  • We would not get books from institutions from abroad as it is very costly.

If you have any questions, please get back in touch with us.

Taylor Library Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

IT tips for new Postgraduate and Erasmus students

It was great to meet all of you who attended our library tours last week. We know all too well how hard it is to find your way around the university campus and the library. We have been assisting new students for years (some of us for decades) and to give you even more help, we have decided to share a few IT tips with you.

  1. Setting the WiFi

wifiThe University of Aberdeen provides authenticated access to the internet for registered students from most academic, administrative and residential buildings.

You can set up the WiFi connection either on your computer or your phone. Please, follow the links below for instructions and more information:

Computers:
Wireless connection – Mac 10.9+
Wireless connection – Windows 7
Wireless connection – Windows 8
Wireless connection – Windows 10
Wireless Connection – Chromebook

Phones:
Wireless connection – Android
Wireless connection – iPhone

  1. Printing

MFDWhile you are on campus, you can send documents (PDFs, Word docs, images, charts, etc.) directly to networked printers. (We actually call them MFDs – multi-function devices – because they can be used for printing, photocopying and scanning).
But, this is not the only way of printing at the university. You can use your own computer as well, once you have set up wireless printing on them. The following guides explain more about the services:

Help with printing – an introduction for students
Printing – Windows 10 PCs/Laptops
Printing – Mac or Macbook OS X 10.13.6

  1. Top up your print budget

As stated above, MFDs can be used for a number of purposes: photocopying, scanning or printing. Scanning is a free service but you need to pay for photocopying and printing. Use your student ID card to access the services at the MFDs.

Every student has a printing budget from which charges for all jobs are deducted. Each time when you use your ID card for printing or photocopying, the cost will be taken off your print budget. As a new student, you start off with an initial print budget of £1.00. As long as you have credit on your print budget, you can print.

You can check your balance or top up your print budget through the PrintManage  application. On classroom PCs, you will find this app on the Desktop. If you want to use your own computer, please go to https://printmanage.abdn.ac.uk/ and switch user to ‘Use another account’. Login with you university username and password, and follow the onscreen instructions to do the top up online. All payments are made in exact multiples of £1.00. Minimum payment is £5.00, maximum payment is £20.00.

Alternatively, you can credit your print budget by cash in the following places in Old Aberdeen campus: the coffee shop in the MacRobert Building (ground floor); The Sir Duncan Rice Library (ground floor) and the shop in the Students’ Infohub.

If you need more information about IT services at the University of Aberdeen, and particularly about printing, please visit the web pages of Learners Toolkit.

Taylor Library Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

 

Best of luck with your exams

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We can all agree how important it is to find a nice and quiet place when you are preparing for exams – a place like home… or almost….

Well, students have created their cosy corner in Taylor Library, and hopefully it will help them relax and go through the exam period without stress (if it is possible).

What else could we wish them and everyone here in Taylor Library? GOOD LUCK with your revision and exams!!!!!

Taylor Library Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

 

 

OSCOLA – Citing journal articles: The dilemma of round and square brackets

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Are you working on your first written assignment this academic year and getting confused with OSCOLA citation? This post helps you clarify which brackets – (round) or [square] – you should choose when you are citing a journal article.

The general rule is that you need to use square brackets around the year if the journal you are citing uses the year rather than a consecutive number to identify the volume. Here is a relevant example:

Meghan Campbell, ‘Reigniting the dialogue: the latest use of the notwithstanding clause in Canada’ [2018] Public Law 1

If there is a separate volume number available for the publication, please, use round brackets:

Emma Lees, ‘Title by Registration: Rectification, Indemnity and Mistake and the Land Registration Act 2002’ (2013) 76 Modern Law Review 62

To help you, we created a list of journals available in our collections, which use year identification, so you need to cite them with square brackets.
NOTE that this is not a comprehensive list!!!

  • Acta Juridica
  • British Tax Review
  • Criminal Law Review
  • International Family Law
  • Journal of Business Law
  • Journal of Personal Injury Litigation
  • Journal of Planning and Environment Law
  • Lloyd’s Maritime and Commercial Law Quarterly
  • Private Client Business
  • Public Law

TIP! If you want to cite a forthcoming article, follow the exact same format you would with published journal articles but add ‘(forthcoming)’ following the citation. In case you do not have information about the volume or page numbers, simply omit that information.

If you want to learn more about journal citation, please read section 3.3.1 in the OSCOLA user guide for hard copy journals (page 37) and section 3.3.3 for forthcoming articles (page 38).

Don’t forget that you can also get help in Taylor Library, please visit our Help Desk from Monday to Friday between 09:00 -16.30.

Taylor Library Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

 

You said, we did – Service improvement in Taylor Library

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The new academic year is already upon us, and we are getting busier every day. It is great to welcome not only the new but also, the many returning students in the library.

For those of you who were regular users of our services last year, the news that the library has got 396 new electrical sockets must come as a pleasant surprise. We know how many of you preferred using your own laptops here, and were sometimes disappointed when you failed to find free tables next to a wall socket. During the summer, this major refurbishment gave us the chance to improve our services.

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Please come and visit us in Taylor Library to see what we can offer, and hopefully, enjoy a more comfortable and pleasant working environment.

Taylor Library Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk