Taylor Library Closed for Staff Training this Thursday Morning

Top of C stairsThe Taylor Library will be closed on the morning of Thursday the 22nd August for staff training purposes, between 9am and 12:30pm. The dropbox will be situated outside the library entrance for any Heavy Demand items you may have to return. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Taylor Library regular opening hours
(scroll down to see vacation opening hours)

Please see the Academic Calendar for information on Term start and end dates.

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New Look Westlaw UK is live

Westlaw UK has recently undergone some major interface changes, refining many features and bringing the general look and feel in line with Westlaw International.

As before you should access Westlaw UK via Primo, our resource discovery tool. Users familiar with the previous Westlaw UK interface will have no trouble locating cases, legislation and articles etc, as the content header tabs are similarly displayed at the top of the page in the collections navigation bar. Clicking on any of the main content tabs opens up a second layer of tabs, providing in depth searching and browsing options. You can also search across all collections or browse by topic right from the home page. The Options button allows you to select specific collections to search across.

Westlaw UK new look homepage:

Westlaw UK new look homepage: The collections Navigation Bar, Options button and Browse by Topic highlighted

Cases

The Cases tab opens up to Cases Home in the second layer of tabs giving you the option to search for specific cases by Free Text, Subject/Keyword, Party Names or Citation. The next two tabs in the second layer provide browsing options, so you can browse by court or by law report series title.  The fourth tab allows you to search for Quantum Reports. This one is a new addition, stay tuned for updates.

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Westlaw UK Cases Home page: Second layer of tabs highlighted at the top, and More Options for advanced searching

Legislation

Clicking the Legislation tab takes you to Legislation Home and allows access to a complete collection of consolidated UK, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish Acts and Statutory Instruments which you can browse or search directly. Clicking More Options at the bottom of the search box enables you to search across historical and prospective legislation. The rest of the second layer of tabs provides options to browse organized lists of:

  • UK Primary & Secondary legislation
  • UK Bills & Drafts
  • Policy & Guidance
  • Latest Legislation
  • Key Legal Concepts

Journals

The Journals tab is where you can find full text UK legal journal articles from major publishers such as Sweet & Maxwell, Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press.  You can also link to over half a million article abstracts from UK and EU legal journals.

Within any collection search page you can open up collection-specific advanced searching facilities by clicking on More Options at the bottom of the search box. This way you can refine your search to show only the most relevant results.

Westlaw UK’s document display pages include smartly organised links to a variety of supporting materials in the menu bar to the left of the display window. To the right of the display window are various Delivery options that allow you to email, print, download, you will also find options to organize documents using the Personalisation Tools:

Personalisation Tools

At the top of the Westlaw UK interface there are some features that allow you to personalise your research experience, such as: Favourites, Folders, History and Alerts. To make the most of the personalisation tools click on User Guides in the grey footer at the bottom of Westlaw UK and click Personalisations in the menu on the left side of the page for step by step instructions.

For more information and help using the database, Westlaw UK has a comprehensive User Guides section which you can access from within Westlaw via the link in the grey footer at the bottom of the page.

Our detailed library guides on Westlaw UK will be going live on the University Website later this week. And once term starts there will be regular library workshops on how to make the most of this resource.

Getting help with your dissertation – printing and binding

Hard binding

Hard binding – image taken from The Print Shop, University of Aberdeen

As the time of the summer dissertation submission is fast approaching, we would like to provide you with some information about printing and binding. If you are a postgraduate student preparing for a dissertation submission, you might find this post especially useful.

Once you have finished your thesis and completed the final check, you might want to get your work printed and bound. The Print Shop (23 St. Machar Drive – Auris Building, Old Aberdeen) will be able to help you with both. If you are busy, you do not need to go there because they accept requests via email (printshop@abdn.ac.uk).

In your email, you have to specify your request (binding style, copies required, etc.), and attach a copy of your dissertation in a PDF file. (Word files will not be accepted.) The Print Shop staff will have a quick glance over the text (for incorrect margins or page numbers, etc.), and email you back with the suggested corrections and the price prior to start any work. Do not expect them though to check every grammatical or spelling mistake or to proofread your dissertation. 

Please, check the following information for printing prices:

80gsm paper

  • A4 b/w printing – 3p per page (double sided 5p)
  • A4 colour printing – 10p per page (double sided 19p)
  • A3 b/w printing – 4p per page (double sided 6p)
  • A3 colour printing – 11p per page (double sided 20p)
    (Add 1p to above prices for 100gsm paper.)

You also have the option to acquire binding services only. In that case, theses will be handed in to The Print Shop already printed. Both, soft binding and hard binding are available there.

Soft binding

Soft binding could be Comb & Ring style binding, Metal style binding or Card style binding. In case, you need Card binding, you can choose from the following colour card options: white, green, pink, blue or black. As soft binding takes less time than hard binding, you can usually get your work bound within a day or even less time. Please check The Print Shop website for service times. For prices, please, see the bullet points below:

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Comb & Ring Style Binding

  • up to 50 pages £2.00
  • 51 to 100 pages £3.00
  • 101 to 150 pages £4.00
  • 151 to 220 pages £5.00
  • 221 to 310 pages £6.00

Metal Style Binding

  • up to 50 pages £4.00
  • 51 to 100 pages £5.00
  • 101 to 150 pages £6.00
  • 151 to 220 pages £7.00
  • 221 to 340 pages £8.00

Card Style Binding

  • up to 100 pages £7.00
  • 101 to 250 pages £8.00
  • 251 to 420 pages £10.00
Soft binding – images taken from
The Print Shop, University of Aberdeen

Hard binding

If you wish so, The Print Shop can provide hard binding services for you. As it is more complicated job, they require at least a week to bind your dissertation. For example, if you submit your thesis on Monday, you can collect it the following Monday. In exceptional circumstances or Bindery closures, it may take longer time.

There are four colour options available for this type of binding: black, navy, green, or wine. For basic information about prices, please see the list here:

  • up to 2 copies £30.00 each
  • 3 or more copies £27.00 each
    (based on a maximum of 420 pages. If a thesis is more than this, it will be bound as 2 volumes)
  • University of Aberdeen gold block logo – £2.95 per volume.

Express printing/binding services are also available there for extra cost.

For more information, please visit the following pages: The Print Shop – services, The Print Shop, and Submission of research theses.

Taylor Library Team 
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

Taylor Library – Block D (on the ground floor) will be closed on 18 June 2019

Block D downstairs

We would like to advise our readers that as part of the next week graduation, the back of Block D on the ground floor in Taylor Library will be closed on Tuesday 18 June 2019.

After the law graduation, there will be a prize-giving ceremony there organised by the School of Law.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused during this time.

Taylor Library
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk