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

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

 

Tip of the Day: Lexis®Library revamped

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One of the most important legal databases, Lexis®Library has recently undergone a major redesign. LexisNexis, the database provider introduced changes at the end of 2015.

With the new service enhancement, Lexis®Library has a clearer display, a more sophisticated Home Page and more intuitive search facilities. The users have the option to search across ALL subscribed legal content, including Lexis®Library and LexisPSL.

The new Academic User Guide, provided by LexisNexis could help you learn more about
the changes.
To find out more about the database, please read our updated library guides:

Staff at the Help Desk in the Taylor Library are happy to provide further assistance.

Zita Szabo
Information Assistant
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

 

 

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

The benefits of creating a Westlaw UK profile

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Westlaw can help you to better organize your research. With a Westlaw profile
you can:

  • add documents to folders
  • email/print/download documents
  • create alerts
  • and use the Linkbuilder tool.

You can still access, email, print and download individual documents or result lists without a profile, but if you are planning to use Westlaw a lot, you will definitely benefit from the extra features that a profile offers.

Important:
Access to Westlaw UK should always be through Primo whether you are creating a profile or not. Login to Primo and go to the Find Databases tab at the top. Click on ‘W’ and scroll down until you reach Westlaw UK. Click on the link. The database might ask you to provide your University username and password, a process also known as
Shibboleth authentication.

To create a profile:

Once you are linked out to Westlaw (through Shibboleth authentication) you will see a smaller window with the heading ‘Log in to My Westlaw UK Profile’ prompting you to Log In or Skip.

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1) Click on Create Profile. Provide your first name, last name and your email address and click on Create.
2)  Go back to your email to obtain your password. Login to your profile will be by           providing the email you registered with (as your username) and a password.
3) Enter your username and temporary password. When you sign in to My Westlaw UK for the first time, you’ll be asked to change your password to something more memorable. This needs to be between 6 and 25 digits long.

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Next thing you will see is this screen:

When you have finished setting up your profile and Log In, your name will appear at the top blue line. Westlaw will always suggest that you log in to your profile.

The benefits:

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When you find a case, journal article or piece of legislation that is of interest to you, save it in a folder so you can go back to it later. How? Simply click on the Add to Folder icon on the right of the light blue line across the top of the screen. An Add to Folder menu will open. You can save the document in one of your existing folders, or, for first-time users: create a new folder by typing a name in the box and clicking on New Folder. Next time you login to Westlaw, you can visit your folders from the My Folders link at the very top of the screen (dark blue line). All of your saved documents will be there. A great way of organizing your findings!

Creating alerts     ALARM

If a specific case is of particular interest to you, you can create an alert for it and thus be informed of any changes; e.g. when its status changes, or when it gets referenced in a journal article, when it’s cited by another case, or when another case has been heard between the same parties on a different point of law. To create a Case Alert, go to the Case Analysis document, the full text or Graphical History and click on the Create Case Alert link at the top right hand corner of the screen. (Looks like an alarm clock.) You can also create an alert for a list of results from a specific search.

Click on Alerts (blue line at the top) to go back to your saved alerts and run a search again or edit it, or to change the way your alerts are set up!

And…

The Linkbuilder tool   linkbuilder

This feature allows you to create direct links to material on Westlaw UK. The links can include authentication; meaning that upon clicking on them, users will have to provide their University username and password. You can create and send links to result pages, individual documents or search templates.

To use this feature you need to have a profile with Westlaw. Next step is to contact Westlaw UK Customer Support Team on 0800 028 2200 or by email at:  customer.service@westlaw.co.uk and request access to the Linkbuilder tool.

To create a link:

1) Navigate to the document and click the Build Link icon on the top right hand corner of the screen. You will be presented with a link creation screen. (The Linkbuilder screen.) You can choose your method of authentication here:

2) For the University of Aberdeen authentication is via the entityID URL for Shibboleth. (Deselect the Save sponsor code option.)
Enter the following in the entityID URL box: https://shibserv.abdn.ac.uk/shibboleth and make sure the Save entityID URL box is ticked.

3) Click Copy to Clipboard at the bottom of the screen. The link is now ready to be pasted into any document. Remember that you can also ‘hide’ links under citations or words (in other words, linkify words or parts of text) if you are creating and publishing
material online.

Read this guide to find out more about the Linkbuilder tool.

Tip: If you skip logging in to your profile and later decide that you would like to use the extra features that a profile offers, the way to log in is by clicking on the Westlaw UK icon at the top left hand corner, then clicking on MyWestlaw to bring up the log in window! Your name will appear at the start of the blue ribbon at the top.

Remember to Log Out!

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For more information on using Westlaw UK, find our Library guides here.
Come and see us in person if you need help with Westlaw or any other legal database!

Eleni Borompoka
Taylor Library & EDC
01224 272601
eleni.boro@abdn.ac.uk
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

 

 

 

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

HeinOnline’s ScholarCheck Metrics tracks trends in legal research

HOL_fullcolorHeinOnline’s ScholarCheck is an integrated set of tools that allows you to view journal articles and cases that have a heavy influence on the subject being researched.

With ScholarCheck you can:

  • analyse the most cited journal articles and authors
  • link directly to articles and cases that cite an article being viewed
  • sort search results by the number of times cited or number of times accessed by other HeinOnline users within a rolling 12-month period
  • generate a list of articles that have had the largest increase in number of citations since 2011

Read more about ScholarCheck here.

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