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

Legal Gateways: AccessToLaw

Next in our series of legal gateways – AccessToLaw.

AccessToLaw provides annotated links to selected UK, Commonwealth and worldwide legal websites. Over 1300 sites are currently included. The main focus is on legislation, case reports, treaties and related materials.

Information on AccessToLaw is categorized by jurisdiction/country and by subject area, e.g. Air and Space, Constitutional Law, Freedom of Information.

New sites are added regularly, and existing site entries are checked and updated every three months by staff at the Inner Temple Library in London.

AccessToLaw is accessible through the Library’s Subject Resources page at www.abdn.ac.uk/library/collections/subjects-az/. Select Law, then Useful Web Resources and finally Legal Gateways and Portals.

Important note
Legal gateways are much better than using Google or other search engines but they shouldn’t substitute the role of databases. For UK case law and legislation always use Westlaw UK and Lexis®Library. Both provide you with fully consolidated legislation and the most up to date status of cases. You cannot rely on freely available websites to provide you with the current status of a case or piece of legislation!

Remember to always check the information you find against your own criteria!
If you need help with anything, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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

 

Legal Gateways: Eagle-i

Subject Gateways
Subject gateways or portals are searchable collections of quality material on specific subject areas. Unlike search engines, subject gateways contain resources that are selected and maintained by subject specialists.

There are a number of legal gateways that you can use to find information relevant to your subject of research. The resources in them will have been evaluated and compiled by law librarians and lawyers. Today we will tell you about Eagle-i.

Important note
Legal gateways are much better than using Google or other search engines but they shouldn’t substitute the role of databases. For UK case law and legislation always use Westlaw UK and Lexis®Library. Both provide you with fully consolidated legislation and the most up to date status of cases. You cannot rely on freely available websites to provide you with the current status of a case or piece of legislation!

Eagle-i
Developed by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Eagle-i is a free portal to high quality legal web sources. The collection can be searched using a simple search platform which helps you find sites relevant to your search terms.

Searches can be filtered by a range of resource types. These include primary and secondary legal materials such as: legislation, law reports, treaties, government sites, journals, professional organisations, resource guides, and social media.

Searches can also be focused on sites concerned with a particular country or jurisdiction, by clicking on the drop down arrow of the relevant search box.

Coverage includes: UK, European, Foreign, Comparative and International law.
Remember to always check the information you find against your own criteria!

For more information, click here.

Good hunting!

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