As a first year law student, you will be required to complete a mandatory Library Exercise in the Legal System course in late September. In this exercise, students have to come to the Taylor Library, and find answers to around 30 questions set by the School of Law. This activity introduces two very basic collections to you: the Law Report Series and Official Publications collections. It helps you navigate through legal cases and primary legislation, and it shapes your knowledge on legal terminology.
This is the very first assignment you have to face, and students are often overwhelmed by the challenge. To make the completion of the Library Exercise easier, and more successful, we put together the following list of instructions.
- Read the questions carefully! You will find questions related to court cases. To find the right answers, you need to know what the case citation means in a particular case.
- Decoding citation is not always straightforward, especially if you have never done this before. Please follow the hyperlink to get help with understanding case citation.
- In the Taylor Library, there are posters everywhere which can explain what the different abbreviations stand for. Look for posters like this at the end of the shelves.
- Once you know the meaning of the abbreviation, you are on the right track to find the resource you need. For example, if the abbreviation is SC, and you have figured out that this stands for Session Cases, then the next step is to locate this law report series in the library.
- Law reports are stored on the right hand side of the lower level in Block C and Block D, and they are arranged in alphabetical order.
- Around half of the questions concern legislation. And, just as with legal cases, legislation also has its own citation regime. Please follow the link to learn more about citing legislation.
- The Official Publications collection which contains the resources you need is found at the back of lower Block D, on the right hand side.
- In order to answer the questions, you will need these publications:
- There are always a few questions concerning the Current Law Statutes Annotated collection which can be found on the lower level in Block C, opposite the Help Desk.
- This is an individual assignment and not group work. Please work alone, and ask the library staff, and not your fellow students, if you need help.
- Certain resources are stored downstairs in Block D. We would like to remind you that it is a Silent Study Zone, so talking is not allowed there.
- And finally, this is a paper exercise. You are expected to find the answers in the library and not online. Please try to avoid using electronic legal databases.
We hope that this exercise will be a pleasant and rewarding experience. Do not worry if you cannot find the answers right away, you still know where you can find us. Please, come to the Help Desk or to the Issue Desk in the Taylor Library, and do not be afraid to ask for help.
Good luck with your Library Exercise!
Taylor Library Team
Hi! I’m Janet MacKay, the Information Consultant for Law. I’m here to support the students and staff in the School of Law. I qualified as a librarian in 2003, and have been a member of the Teaching, Liaison & Consultancy team in the University of Aberdeen’s library since 2011.
The best way to contact me is by email as I am often teaching or at meetings. My email address is email@example.com. I work in The Sir Duncan Rice Library (SDRL) for part of the week as I am also the Information Consultant for the Business School – my office in SDRL is on Floor 4. If you have any questions, please get in touch. If I’m in my office in Taylor Library, just knock! It’s the room with the ‘Librarian’s Office’ notice on the door.
If you are a new student, we’ll be meeting in workshops where I’ll be teaching you how to find the literature to support your studies and beyond.
See you soon!
With the first classes of term just around the corner, we’d like to take this opportunity to remind users of the food and drink policy.
Food is permitted in certain areas of Taylor Library, provided it is not hot, overly fragrant or noisy. So for example sandwiches, salads and last night’s pizza are fine. Soup, curry, crisps and popping candy are not. Drinks (excluding alcohol) are permitted under the condition that hot drinks be covered with a fixed lid. In addition, while drinks are permitted throughout the library under the aforementioned conditions…
food is NOT allowed in:
- the PC classroom, or at any PC
- project rooms 1 and 2
- the silent areas in D block
Just ask a member of staff if you are unsure of anything. It is our aim to provide a harmonious study environment for all library users at all times. Please help us to do so.
The Taylor Library team
Calling all new Law students (and any others who’d like to come and study in our fine library)! Why not familiarise yourself with the Taylor Library from the comfort of the pub/halls/flat (delete as appropriate) with our new virtual tour? You’ll find brief explanations of key areas and facilities as well as plenty of links to further information and resources to help you get the most out what we have to offer.
Happy Freshers Week, and see you soon!
Taylor Library Staff
The library team welcomes all new and returning students to Taylor Library. Once you’ve admired our brilliant new carpet, please wander around the shelves and check what we can offer to you.
The new book shelf is full with items acquired over the summer. The latest parts of the legal journals and law reports can be seen on our display unit. We have tidied the periodicals, the law report collection, as well as the general law book collection upstairs, and we are happy to report that quiet a few missing items were found, though not everything.
As a modern academic library, we can offer not only paper resources but e-books, e-journals and access to quite a few mainstream legal databases.
Please follow the links, if you need information on library services, facilities and law resources. Our guides provide quick help for any kind of library or resource related problems.
We are looking forward to seeing many of you in the library soon, and wishing you all the best of luck in the 2017/18 academic year.
Taylor Library Team