Access to Lexis Library

We are currently experiencing difficulty accessing Lexis Library through Primo. Lexis Library are looking into the problem.

In the meantime the database can still be accessed in the following way:

  1. Click on the link below:
    https://www.lexisnexis.com/start/shib/wayf?viewAllInstitutions=yes&appToken=43FF9DC93354C583BBD978A5FE0E2211
  2. Select University of Aberdeen from the list.
  3. You may be asked to provide your university username and password.

We will make a further announcement once we hear more from Lexis Library. We apologize for the inconvenience this may be causing.

 

University of Aberdeen law students win National Client Consultation competition

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(L-R) Euan and Jennifer with the winners’ trophy and University law lecturer Malcolm Combe

Congratulations go to University of Aberdeen Law Diploma students Jennifer Baird and Euan Thompson, who jointly won the recent Scottish Client Competition, earning the opportunity to represent Scotland internationally.

 The competition’s theme this year was ‘residential neighbours’ and involved mock scenarios including a hedge dispute and property damage caused by children. Jennifer and Euan took part in a simulated lawyer/client interview and were competing against five other teams from Scottish universities. A panel of expert judges marked each performance and gave feedback.
“I think the competition has been invaluable to both of us, through gaining interview skills, the experience of working under pressure to find solutions and managing client expectations.” -Jennifer Baird
Jennifer and Euan will take their skills to the international stage at the University of Kent later this year.
Congratulations once again to Jennifer and Euan and best of luck for the next stage!
 More information here.

Working with Word 2013: how to create a table of contents

First you need to give your document some headings. Then highlight and apply a style to your headings from the Styles group on the HOME tab.  

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Inserting a table of contents (TOC):

  1. Make sure your cursor is at the start of your document.
  2. Open up the REFERENCES tab and click on the drop down arrow in Table of Contents.
  3. Select a style or go to Custom Table of Contents for more options.

Editing the table of contents:

Click anywhere in your table of contents; your TOC will appear with a border around it. There will also be an options tab at the top:

  • Click on the down arrow in Table of Contents. This will allow you to change the style or delete the TOC altogether.
  • Click on Update Table to automatically update your TOC with content that has been added to your work after the insertion of the table of contents.

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Any questions, come and speak to us!

Talk this evening-“Cycling and the Law”

brendamitchellcyclingandthelawBrenda Mitchell, the founder and Senior Partner at Cycle Law Scotland, will give a talk this evening on the subject of Cycling and the Law. She will be discussing real case studies, case law, video footage and what to do in the event of a collision. This promises to be an engaging event with plenty of opportunity for discussion and questions.

The event will last from 7pm-8:30pm and takes place in New King’s 1 (New King’s is building 22 on the campus map).

Registry for this event is free. For more information and to book your place see the Eventbrite page .

Understanding citations – CASES

  1. INTERPRETING CASE CITATIONS

GENERAL RULES

What does case citation mean?

Case citation is a system of referencing by which legal professionals can identify a legal case heard and decided by one of the courts in the UK.
A full case citation starts with the Case name in italics followed by the neutral citation (where available) and/or the reference for  law report series where the case was published. The citation tells you where to find the case (in paper or online) if you need it.
For cases from Scottish and English courts, the citation usually has 3 distinct parts:

  • year
  • abbreviation (for the law report series in which the case was published)
  • page number.

Parallel citations

You may see more than one citation following the party names. These are parallel citations, and refer you to the case in different law report series. You do not need to find all the law reports which published the case to read it. You should use the most authoritative citation which is the first one right after the party names. Parallel citations offer an opportunity to find a case in different law reports if the library does not have the most authoritative source.

Neutral citations (case identifiers)

The neutral citations were introduced in the UK in 2001, and in Scotland in 2005. This system means that decisions of the superior courts in both Scotland and England are issued with unique judgement numbers. So, the last number after the abbreviation is not a page number but the identifier of the case.

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ANATOMY OF A CASE CITATION

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*Law reports are usually cited by abbreviation rather than the full title. Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations can help you understand the meaning of abbreviations for the titles of English language legal publications.

2. TRACKING DOWN CASES ON PAPER AND ONLINE

Law reports are available on paper in Block C and Block D of the Taylor Library. They are shelved by title in alphabetical order running down the right hand side of the lower level of the Library. The current parts of law reports are on the display stand near the entrance. All law reports are for reference use only.

For electronic versions of the law reports you have to consult the legal databases (Westlaw, Lexis Library, HeinOnline). Alternatively, you might want to check Primo, our resource discovery tool, for individual law report titles. (Do a ‘title search’ instead of a search by citation.) Please note that not all years are available for all law reports.
For more information on accessing and using legal databases, please read our library guides.

3. PRINCIPAL SERIES OF LAW REPORTS

SCOTLAND (this is not a comprehensive list of resources)

  • Session Cases (SC)
  • Scots Law Times (SLT)
  • Scottish Civil Law Reports (SCLR)
  • Scottish Criminal Case Reports (SCCR)
  • Scottish Criminal Law (SCL)
  • Green’s Weekly Digest (GWD)

ENGLAND (this is not a comprehensive list of resources)

  • The Law Reports

4 subseries within The Law Reports:

Appeal Cases (AC)
Chancery Division (CH)
Family (Fam)
Queen’s Bench (QB)*

  • Weekly Law Reports (WLR)
  • All England Law Reports (All ER)

*It can be King’s Bench (KB) – it changes with the monarch.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please visit the library or email us.

Taylor Library & EDC
 lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

 

 

 

Library workshops for Critical Legal Thinking and Scholarship (LS551T)

We would like to remind our new LLM students that the library workshops for Critical Legal Thinking are happening next week (w/c 30th of January).

Please check which slot you have been allocated to and come along to the 2-hour workshop to sharpen your information retrieval skills!

Location: PC classrooms 1+2, Floor 2, The Sir Duncan Rice Library

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