New Carpets for Taylor Library – update

The carpet replacement project in Taylor Library has been completed. All areas of the library, including the computer and project rooms, are now open to students, staff and visitors.

Furthermore, new general waste and recycling bins have been installed throughout the library, including 3 waste & liquids bins.new carpets.png
It is our aim to provide a harmonious study environment for all users at all times.
Please help us to achieve this.

Enjoy using your library!

 

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.

 

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

 

 

 

Taylor Library Heavy Demand drop-box

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The Taylor Library self return machine

As exams approach and the Library gets busier we’d like to remind students of the Heavy Demand drop-box, in to which you can return any Taylor Heavy Demand items you have prior to our opening at 9am. The box is placed outside the Taylor Library entrance at around 7:30am every weekday. This is to give you as much opportunity to return HD items before the 10:30am due time as possible. Late Heavy Demand items will accrue an immediate fine of 75p. After one hour this will increase by a further 75p, and will continue to do so for each subsequent hour the item is late. Nobody wants the added stress of library fines at this or any time of year. Help us help you avoid them by making use of the drop-box!

Best of luck with the exams and keep your money for the pub when they’re finished!

 

Unattended items in the study area

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© Chris Devers. Licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

We understand the desire to keep your study space when using the library at this time of year. However please be aware that the maximum length of time it is acceptable to leave your space with unattended personal items is 30 minutes, as per library regulation 5.5. Items left longer than this maybe taken to the staff office to await collection. There is heavy competition for study spaces at this time of year and this is the fairest way to minimize frustration for everyone. Please remember that if you do choose to leave any belongings in the library, you do so at your own risk. Any questions please ask a member of staff.

Thanks

Taylor staff.

Accessing your personal filespace (H:) remotely

When using a classroom PC you can save files to the H: drive, which is your personal and secure filespace in the university network. Documents and files saved there can be retrieved from any PC on campus. But what happens when you work from home and need to access a file that is saved on your H: drive?

The VPN (Virtual Private Network) provides remote access through your own computer to your filespace on the university server when you are at home, or use your laptop at a wireless spot, on campus or in the halls.

To remotely access a file saved on your H: drive, open your web browser and login to the VPN with your University of Aberdeen username and password.
https://remote.abdn.ac.uk

vpn screenThe first time you login on your personal computer you must install the Aventail Access Manager. This is a one-time process that will set you up with the components for accessing the network and keeping up to date. Just follow the onscreen instructions or read our user guidelines.

To access shared network space, email your request to sevicedesk@abdn.ac.uk, with the subject ‘Remote VPN: request access to shared filespace’.

Note: Access to your H: drive through VPN is recommended when you need to retrieve files remotely. For more advanced actions such as remotely saving new documents to your H: drive, accessing Library databases and using MS Office and other programmes off-campus use the university’s Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). For more information on the VDI see our tip ‘Essential route to accessing some legal databases off campus. The Virtual Desktop Infrastructure‘.

Any questions, come and speak to us!

 

Tip of the Day: Forgotten ID cards

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© Flood G. Licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

As a university member, you always need your ID card to enter the library. So, what happens if you leave it at home?

You have to request a Day Access Pass.  We will ask you to provide proof of identity and to fill in the necessary form. Remember, you will be allowed a Day Access Pass on 3 separate occasions in an academic year. Thereafter you must have your University ID card to visit us.

For more information, please read the Library Access Policy.

Taylor Library Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk