Taylor Library – New Opening Hours

We would like to advise our readers that, from Monday 6th of September 2021, Taylor Library will be operating with revised opening hours for University of Aberdeen staff and students:

Monday – Thursday & Saturday: 09:00 – 22:00

Friday: 09:00 – 20:00

Sunday: 13:00 – 22:00

Taylor Library Staff
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

Freshservice – New Enquiry Management System for Taylor Library

On Tuesday 17th August 2021, Taylor Library is moving to Freshservice – the enquiry management system used by the IT Service Desk, Finance, and eLearning at the University of Aberdeen.

From this date, when you send an enquiry to our email address (lawlib@abdn.ac.uk), you will receive an automated response with a unique ID by return. Enquiries that are still ongoing when we switchover to the system may also receive an automated response and will be handled using the new system from then on.

In preparation for the move, there will be a short interruption to service on the email account on Monday 16th August between 15:00-17:00. This means if you send an email during this time, you may receive a bounce back saying the account does not exist. If this happens, please try again after 17:00.

We hope that our new enquiry management system, Freshservice, will improve your library experience.

Taylor Library Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

Public Holiday Closure

Taylor Library, just like other library sites of the University of Aberdeen, will be closed for the public holiday on Monday 12th July 2021. All library sites will reopen again on Tuesday 13th July.

You can find more information about our opening hours on the library website.

Taylor Library Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

IAReporter database

Taylor Library is pleased to announce that we have now set up a 6-month trial to IAReporter (Investment Arbitration Reporter). Our complimentary subscription ends on Friday 31 December 2021. The database is tracking international arbitration proceedings between governments and provides the latest developments and policy trends in investment treaty arbitration.

Accessing IAReporter

If you are working from off-campus, it is necessary to access the database using the VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure). Then search for the database in Primo. If you cannot find it, please follow the steps below to get access to IAReporter:

If you experience any problems with the VDI, please contact the IT Service Desk.

Key features of the database

IAReporter opens with the Home page which provides quick access to News Headlines, Document Downloads, and the most recent Arbitrator Profiles. You can Browse News By Theme by selecting Countries/Regions, Forums/Processes, Hot Topics, Industries, and Major Treaties from the right-hand side of the screen.

On the top of the Home page, click on the tabs to get access to News/Analysis, Case Profiles, Arbitrator Profiles, and other useful sources. The Video Tutorials tab can provide visual aid if you want to learn more about the available resources.

Case Profiles

Case Profiles display key statistical information about arbitration cases. The page opens with a list view and offers access to more than 1400 key decisions. It lists the party names, the type of the arbitration (e.g. Treaty, Contract, Domestic Law), the year, and the status of the case (Pending, Concluded or Unknown).

On the left-hand side of the screen, you can either Search Cases or use Filters (e.g., Case Status, Respondents, Claimants, Year, Arbitrators, etc.) to narrow down your results.

Arbitrator Profiles

On the Arbitrator Profiles page, you can find each of the most active arbitrators in the field of investor-state arbitration. The page lists them in alphabetical order. Click on the name to see the profile of the person, the cases they were involved in (as a Claimant, Respondent or Co-Arbitrator, etc.) and the status of the individual cases (Pending or Concluded).

Arbitrator Analytics visualise key data related to the selected arbitrator, e.g. Known Appointments by Date, Source of Known Appointments As Wing Arbitrator and Source of Known Appointments As Presiding Arbitrator, etc. You can also read Recent IAReporter Coverage About the person at the end of the Arbitrator Profiles page.

Please remember that IAReporter is for non-commercial use and private research only. No materials can be shared with anyone outside the University of Aberdeen. Also, to get a realistic picture about the usage of the database, we recommend not to share materials within the University either. Thank you very much for your cooperation in this matter.

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please let us know.

Taylor Library Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

Taylor Library – Summer Opening Hours

During the summer, Taylor Library will be operating under our summer opening hours. On the last week of the term, between Monday 17 May – Friday 21 May, Taylor Library is open from 09:00 to 20:00. The Library is closed on Saturday 22 May & Sunday 23 May.

As of Monday 24 May, the opening hours will be as follows:

Term hours will resume on Monday 20 September. Please remember, Taylor Library is open for registered students and staff, with a reduced occupancy. Further details on library services and resources can be found here.

Taylor Library Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

Best of luck with your exams

As exams are fast approaching, we would like to help your preparation by sharing a few links to law databases and e-book collections. So, if you still need some revision, please check out the resources below.

DATABASES

Westlaw database

Westlaw provides full text access to UK case law, legislation, and legal journals. The database also provides full text access to 374 e-books. Current Awareness on Westlaw UK enables you to stay up to date with the very latest developments. Unfortunately, we do not have a subscription to Practical Law.

Please read our library guides to learn more about the database:
Westlaw UK – quick guide
Westlaw UK – cases
Westlaw UK – legislation
Westlaw UK – UK and international journals

Lexis Library

Lexis Library is an important source of full text legal information. It provides access to UK, EU, US and international case law, legislation, and law journals. The News section of the database gives access to a wide range of national and regional newspapers including Scottish newspapers.

Our library guides:
Lexis®Library – key features
Lexis®Library – searching for case law
Lexis®Library – searching for articles in UK and international legal journals
Lexis®Library – searching for newspaper articles

HeinOnline database

HeinOnline is a particularly useful source of older journal articles, old English cases, U.S. and other international resources and materials on Scottish Legal History.

Library guide: HeinOnline – quick guide

NOTABLE E-BOOK COLLECTIONS

University Press Scholarship Online – UPSO

UPSO is a cross-searchable library which offers quick and easy access to the full text of titles published by internationally significant university presses including OUP, Yale, Stanford, Fordham, Chicago, and many others.

Click on the title to go to the collection. Under the logo, University Press Scholarship Online (in the top left corner), you will find Browse by Subject. Click on the arrow and select Law. On the left-hand side of the screen, you will find filters to narrow down your choices. Select Unlocked and Free titles from the Availability section. Your search will return with 2138 titles. You can further narrow down the results by choosing Subject on the left hand-side of the screen.

SpringerLink

Springer’s collections include access to the full text of thousands of sciences, medical and social sciences e-books. Please note, we do not subscribe to every title in this database. The green square next to the item indicates if we have full text access to it.

After opening SpringerLink, on the left-hand side of the home screen, you can browse by discipline. Click on Law to navigate to the law subject page. Please do not forget to deselect the ‘Include Preview-Only content‘ box to limit your search to subscribed titles. Still on the left-hand side of the screen, you can find more filters, like Content Type, Language, Subdiscipline, etc. We advise you to select Book from Content Type box to get access to 2178 full text e-books.

Ebook Central

Ebook Central is one of the biggest e-book collections we have access to. It contains more than 180,000 authoritative, copyrighted books supplied by over 180 leading scholarly publishers. The titles cover many different subject areas, from Social Sciences, Law, Medicine, Science, and Computing to Education, Fine Arts and History.

Click on the title Ebook Central to link out to the collection. On the home page, under the Search box (in the middle of the screen), click on Browse by Subject, then select Law. You will be directed to the Law subject page from where you can get access to 8314 full text e-books.

We hope, you will find the right resources which can help your preparation. For more information on library services and resources, please follow the link here.

We wish you all the very best with your exams.

Taylor Library Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

Taylor Library reopening

As a result of Scotland moving from Level 4 to Level 3 restrictions, we are pleased to announce that Taylor Library is reopening on Monday 26 April 2021. Our opening hours will be the same as established in the previous semester:

Monday – Friday: 09:00 – 20:00
Saturday & Sunday: 13:00 – 17:00

Taylor Library will only open for current staff and registered students, and you always need your ID card to enter the library. Our Click & Collect service keeps operating as usual.

Please, remember to wear face coverings, maintain the 2m physical distancing, and use the hand sanitisers which are provided across the whole Taylor building. Further information about our services and resources can be found here.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back.

Taylor Library Staff
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

Help with your dissertation – OSCOLA examples

As LLM students are busy with their dissertations, we think that a selection of OSCOLA (Oxford University Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities ) examples would be beneficial to check that everything is in order with your in-text citations or bibliographies.

The School of Law at the University of Aberdeen expects students to use OSCOLA citation style for their essays and dissertations. Please follow the links to get access to the 4th edition of the OSCOLA guide (2012) and the OSCOLA Citing International Law guide (2006).

The list below also provides valuable information through practical OSCOLA examples:

You can find more information in our OSCOLA library guide. Finally, please remember that staff are always available to help you. Email lawlib@abdn.ac.uk if you have a question.

Good luck with your assignments.

Taylor Library Team

Law resources requiring VDI for off-campus access

Members of the university (staff and students) can access the databases and e-book collections to which the University of Aberdeen is subscribed. To access them, simply login with your university IT username and password.

Most databases only require a Shibboleth/institutional login on- or off-campus. But there are a few which need an IP address authentication when you are working off-campus. For them, please use the University’s Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).

The following law resources are only accessible through VDI from off-campus:

  • Kluwer Arbitration is an online resource for international arbitration research. It contains a wealth of commentary from expert authors and an extensive compilation of primary source materials.
  • OGEL – Oil, Gas and Energy Law Intelligence has transcended national borders. With privatisation, restructuring, the emergence of competitive markets, cross-border energy trade and regional integration, legal instruments from one jurisdiction have a bearing on others – they provide a model, a legal precedent, a directive, standard or guideline for further regulatory implementation.

There is another useful resource which can help your research in the oil, gas and energy law field, even if it is not a law resource:

  • OnePetro (SPE) is an online library that provides a simple way to search for and access a broad range of technical literature related to the oil and gas exploration and production industry.

If you wish to access one of the above-mentioned databases while off-campus, please follow the guidance on the Remote Access section of Toolkit. Select the Remote VDI link in the ‘Guides’ section. Once you have logged in to the VDI, navigate to ‘Library Resources’ and from there to Primo. Remember to sign in to Primo to get full text resources!

Taylor Library Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

Accessing course reading lists on MyAberdeen

At the beginning of the academic year 2020-21, the Library Services undertook a huge project to support our academics as they were preparing for blended learning. We created almost 500 reading lists for courses in the first half session, and 368 reading lists for the second half session. Through these reading lists, students can have easy and direct access to the most important course materials.

If you want to access the reading lists of a particular course, please follow the steps below:

  • Go to MyAberdeen, then select the required course.
  • Once within the course’s opening page, check the links on the left-hand side of the screen
  • Click on Books & Tools.
  • On the right-hand side of the page, a pop-up window opens which displays the Reading List of the selected course.
  • Click on Reading List to see the uploaded materials.

Remember, this is not the full list of the course materials you need to read for the given course. These are just the few most important items that your course coordinator highlighted. In this respect, the Reading List in MyAberdeen can never substitute the Course Handout which contains the full list of course readings.

Also, if during the semester, your course coordinator or other academic staff who are involved in teaching post announcements about course readings on MyAberdeen, and you cannot find them, please contact the person who made the announcement and NOT the library because we cannot help with these kind of inquiries.

We hope that providing Reading Lists services will enhance your learning experiences, and it will be hugely beneficial while you are completing assignments or preparing for your exams.

Taylor Library Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk