Service News – Exporting the contents of your e-Shelf in Primo

The Library Service at the University of Aberdeen is preparing for a major system upgrade in January 2020.  One of the immediate effects of this project is that Primo (our resource discovery tool) will also undergo substantial changes. The new version of Primo has the benefit of improved search and retrieval facilities, and its new layout will be more suitable for mobile devices and tablets.

If you are one of those library users who regularly uses Primo and routinely saves items on e-Shelf, please, bear in mind that those items will not be automatically transferred. You will need to export the items of your e-Shelf in Primo or the Library Catalogue before Christmas.

E-shelf

Please consult the following Primo and Library Catalogue guides for guidance how to do the transfer.

If you have a question or need more help, please email us at lawlib@abdn.ac.uk.

Taylor Library Staff

 

 

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.

Notes on using SpringerLink e books

SpringerLinkThe SpringerLink database comprises collections of books, journals and reference works. It covers numerous disciplines from Architecture & Design to Social Sciences, and, among them, you can also find Law. A significant part of the law collection deals with contemporary problems of international law, environmental law, criminal law or legal theory. The database also provides a wide coverage across other law subjects.

SpringerLink is one of only a few publishers that permit you to lawfully download a whole book to you computer or mobile device, and keep it indefinitely for your own educational or research use.

Remember, downloading books for others is not allowed. Please only download what you need for the research, course or assignment you are working on – mass downloading to build up a library of your own is unfair on the publisher (and authors) and not permitted.

You might find the following instructions useful to get access to this database:

  1. Go to Primo
  2. Select Find Databases tab (on the top of Primo screen)
  3. Click on ‘S‘ to see databases starting with this letter
  4. Scroll down to SpringerLink, and click on the database
    – Using on-campus computers, you will be directed to the database at once
    – In case of off-campus access, you might be asked to log into the database
    (Please provide your University username and password)
  5. Once inside the database, check the ‘Browse by discipline’ section, and select Law 
  6. On the left hand side of the Law page, you can find different boxes:
    Deselect Include preview-only
    – Select Book from the ‘Type Content‘ box
    – Select English from the ‘Language‘ box (Of course if you wish to read books in
    other languages, you have to select the relevant language)
  7. Finally, you might like to check the Subdiscipline box to see the different law subjects the database, SpringerLink could offer to you.

From your result screen, click on the book title you would like to read or download, and follow the onscreen instructions.

Good discovery, reading and research, everyone!

Taylor Library Staff
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

 

New instructional video: Finding law e-journal articles through Primo

Needing to find an online journal article but unsure where to start?
Why not watch our short video on finding law e-journal articles through Primo…

You can find it under the Instructional Material tab in our blog, or online through our youtube channel.

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More videos on how to use the Taylor Library resources and facilities to come soon!

Just keep checking the list of our Instructional Material and hopefully you will find the right video to help you make the most of our library!

If you have any questions about this or any of our videos, please email lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

Eleni Borompoka
Senior Information Assistant
Taylor Library and EDC
eleni.boro@abdn.ac.uk

 

 

SPEL format change announced

spelThe Scottish Planning and Environmental Law Journal (SPEL) will be available in electronic format only (PDF) from the August 2015 issue onwards.

Discussions are underway to add PDF copies to the University’s digital asset management system, Digitool, but SPEL is also available through Westlaw UK (issue 39, June 1993 onwards).

Read the QR code above to access the journal online through Westlaw UK.

NOTE: this is a Shibboleth authenticated resource so you are required to login using your University computer username and password.

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

HeinOnline announces changes to some publications

HOL_fullcolorHeinOnline has announced changes to some publications:

Indiana Health Law Review
The publisher has advised that this will change to an online only publication upon the completion of Volume 11. The content will be available free of charge by visiting http://mckinneylaw.iu.edu/ihlr/. Please note that this content will continue to be available in the HeinOnline Law Journal Library as well.

Indiana International & Comparative Law Review
The publisher has advised that this will change to an online only publication upon the completion of Volume 24. The content will be available free of charge by visiting http://mckinneylaw.iu.edu/iiclr/. Please note that this content will continue to be available in the HeinOnline Law Journal Library as well.

National Property Law Digests
The publisher has advised that this title has ceased publication upon the completion of the September 2014 issue.

WMU Cooley Journal of Practical & Clinical Law
The publisher has advised that beginning with Volume 16 #1 the Thomas M. Cooley Journal of Practical & Clinical Law will change title to the WMU Cooley Journal of Practical & Clinical Law.

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

 

HeinOnline Tips and Tricks: Dropbox

HOL_fullcolorDid you know that HeinOnline has recently added the ability to download PDFs from the database directly into your Dropbox Account?

Dropbox is a document storage solution that makes it simple to save all of your photos, videos, and files in one convenient place.

Dropbox lets you:

  • Get to all your files from any computer, tablet, or phone
  • Share documents, photos and entire folders easily
  • Restore all of your files, even if your computer ‘melts down’

More information on this new feature is found here.

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

New Tip of the Day Service

TipWe are delighted to introduce a new service to help you make the most of the resources and services at Taylor Library. The ‘Tip of the Day’ service will be launched before the start of the next exam period.

From the middle of April, we will deliver useful tips to you regarding:

  • Library services
  • Legal databases
  • Other online resources (e-books, e-journals)
  • Official publications
  • Technical support
  • And much, much more…

We hope you will find this daily service advantageous for your study and research.

 

Taylor Library& EDC Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk