About University of Aberdeen Library, Special Collections and Museums

University Library, Special Collections and Museums have so much to tell you about - our modern collections, our special collections and archives, and our museums. There is so much for the University community and general public to access and enjoy. Whether you work here, research, teach or study here, a visiting academic or member of the public - read this space for information about our collections, services, facilities and events.

Maintenance: Lexis Library on Sunday 24 April

We have been advised that Lexis Library will be unavailable LexisNexis logo
between 02:00 am and approximately 10:00 am on Sunday 24 April, 2016 for maintenance.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Elaine Shallcross
e.shallcross@abdn.ac.uk

GlobaLex – a portal to international, foreign and comparative law materials

If you are struggling with your research why don’t you look up GlobaLex – a free legal information portal dedicated to disseminating high quality international, foreign, and comparative law research materials.  Published by the Hauser Global Law School Program at NYU School of Law, GlobaLex contains “guides and articles  written by scholars well known in their respective fields and are recommended as a legal resource by universities, library schools, and legal training courses”.

The research tools in GlobaLex are regularly updated (around 4-6 new or updated articles are added each month) and continually expanded to cover international law topics, countries and legal systems. It is also cited as a source in HeinOnline’s World Constitutions online library (Roznovschi 2014).

If you are interested and would like to know more about GlobaLex read, Roznovschi, M. (2014) ‘The 10th Anniversary of GlobaLex: A Portal Dedicated to Foreign, Comparative and International Law Research‘, Legal Information Management, 14(4), pp. 300-303. Alternatively look up the GlobaLex portal yourself.

Elaine Shallcross
Information Consultant, Law
e.shallcross@abdn.ac.uk

HeinOnline Introduces New Author Ranking Metric

HOL_fullcolorLook out for Author Profile Pages on HeinOnline that provide access to an author’s list of articles and ScholarCheck rankings. Metrics used to calculate an author’s overall ScholarCheck ranking include:

  • the number of times an author’s articles have been cited by other articles
  • by articles written only in the past 10 years
  • the number of times the articles have been accessed by other HeinOnline users within a rolling 12-month period.

A new metric has been added which counts the number of times an author’s articles have been cited by articles written only within the past 12-24 months. HeinOnline  believe “this new currency factor enhances the rankings by considering what’s most relevant today in addition to the other metrics, which account for quantitative author influence.”

Read more on the HeinOnline Help and Support page.

Elaine Shallcross
e.shallcross@abdn.ac.uk

 

Can you guess what this is?

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An abstract picture? These are stains on the carpet in Taylor Library!

We want the study environment in Taylor Library to be as pleasant as possible, but this doesn’t give a good impression. If you throw your cup away still full of liquid the bag often splits when cleaning staff dispose of the rubbish… and this happens.

Please help us to keep Taylor Library a pleasant place to study. Many thanks.

Finance (No.2) Act 2015

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The Finance (No.2) Act 2015 is now on Westlaw UK with all amendments and commencement information.

Westlaw UK aims “to publish all new legislation the morning after publication, with new amendments highlighted within 48 hours. Case digests are written for the most influential cases on the day the judgment is delivered, with Status Icons of all the affected cases updated within 24 hours.”

Elaine Shallcross
Information Consultant, Law & Business
e.shallcross@abdn.ac.uk

LexisNexis announces upgrade to Lexis®Library

LexisNexis logoSubject to a successful release, a number of ‘cosmetic’ changes to Lexis®Library take effect on
Saturday 5th December.

LexisNexis have reported the following improvements to Lexis®Library:

  • A more intuitive search experience.The Explore search box moves to the heart of the homepage and includes content filters.
  • A tidier, bigger, better display of results. Single results list opens up the page, with filtering in one place and the option to deliver multiple documents.
  • The option to search across ALL subscribed UK legal content. In one place for the first time, including both Lexis®Library and LexisPSL content included in the search results.
  • Glossary searches move to the home page. Get quick access to over 3,300 legal terms.”

Please see the new Academic User Guide for updated product guidance.

Staff at the Help Desk in the Taylor Library are happy to help with any questions regarding the changes to Lexis®Library.

Elaine Shallcross
Information Consultant, Law & Business

New platform launched for Westlaw International materials

Thomson Reuters have announced the launch of a neater, more user-friendly platform called WestlawNext to replace its Westlaw International service.

To use the new service look for the ‘International Materials’ link in the Services menu on Westlaw UK.

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The new platform will be available alongside the original Westlaw International service until 18 December 2015, when the ‘Westlaw International’ link will be turned off.

Training materials are available from Thomson Reuters:

If you have any questions about the new platform please contact the Taylor Library or Elaine Shallcross.

Elaine Shallcross
Information Consultant for Law and Business

HeinOnline announce enhanced tools and new features

HOL_fullcolorSince HeinOnline released its updated interface in August they have worked to enhance existing tools and add new features to improve their users’ experience.

Over the past two weeks they have announced two new features: the ability to e-mail a direct PDF link; and updated print/download options, which include the ability to instantly download a PDF from HeinOnline.

New Video Available: Printing and Downloading in HeinOnline

Elaine Shallcross, Information Consultant, Law
e.shallcross@abdn.ac.uk

Now available! New and comprehensive HeinOnline User’s Guide

HeinOnline logoA comprehensive HeinOnline User’s Guide has been released following an update of its interface in August. This guide covers the basics of how to navigate through the interface, search from the Welcome Page and from inside collections, and use the various tools available.

Also released recently is a Getting Started in HeinOnline quick reference guide, which gives a brief overview of how to access the database, basic searching and navigation.

Elaine Shallcross, Information Consultant, Law
e.shallcross@abdn.ac.uk

Video-style guide to Taylor Library published on YouTube

Staff here have been very busy recording a short introduction to the Taylor Library in preparation for the new academic year. So… if you are a prospective student, a new student, a visitor, or perhaps someone who wants to conjure up happy memories, you may want to take a look at our PowToon video and slideshow, or even sit back and listen to Ross’s dulcet tones.

Learn more about the Taylor Library and European Documentation Centre on our website.

Elaine Shallcross
Information Consultant, Law and Business
e.shallcross@abdn.ac.uk