Good luck with your exams

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As law exams start from today, we would like to wish you all the best. We hope you are well and well prepared for the exams. During revision time, quite a few of you asked about online resources. You know very well how to access e-books and electronic journals through Primo, but not everybody is aware of the fact that more and more publishers give us free access to their academic collections. This means that there are more law resources available online than before. This post will highlight a few notable collections:

Bloomsbury Professional

The publisher, Bloomsbury Professional, has given us free access to the following law textbooks:

  • Gretton & Steven: Property Trusts & Succession
  • MacQueen & Thomson: Contract law in Scotland
  • Thomson: Family Law in Scotland
  • Dewart & MacQueen; Studying Scots Law
  • Himsworth & O’Neill: Scotland’s Constitution Law & Practice
  • Guthrie: Social Work Law in Scotland

Please email us at lawlib@abdn.ac.uk for the link to the collection and for username and password.

Oxford Law Trove

Another important resource is Oxford Law Trove, which is Oxford University Press’s online platform for law textbooks. You can get temporary access to more than 190 titles there.

To access this collection, follow this link to the Library’s web page at:
  1. On the library page, go to the Temporary Access to Additional E-Resources section.
  2. Scroll down to Oxford Law Trove, and click on the arrow next to the title.
  3. Follow the link provided in that section to log in to the collection.
  4. On the publishers’ login page, check the left hand side of the screen under the Law Trove logo, and in the pale blue login box, click on Sign in via your Institution.
  5. On the next page, find and select University of Aberdeen.
  6. An authentication box will appear, and you will need to enter your university IT username and password to log in to Law Trove.

Within the collection:
– You can click on the Subject tab (on the top left of the screen, under the Law Trove logo) to see the different categories there,
– or, you can use the Search box in the top right corner of the screen.

Westlaw UK

Finally, do not forget that there are law textbooks available on Westlaw UK. The route to the Westlaw UK database is the same as it was: through Primo.  Once you have logged in, click on the arrow next to the Westlaw logo (on the top left corner of the screen), and select Books from the drop-down menu. On the Westlaw Books page, browse through the 336 book titles available to you.

Starting today, you will have a few days to finish your law exam questions online. If you need further help with accessing or using databases or the above mentioned collections, please contact us at lawlib@abdn.ac.uk.

Taylor Library Team 

 

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.

Law subject resources – Public Information Online

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Every law student knows the law databases very well. We do not need to introduce Westlaw, Lexis Library or HeinOnline to you. But, did you know that there are other useful databases which can help your studies and research? One of them is Public Information Online (PIO).

PIO is a full text database which provides access to Parliamentary publications from the Westminster Parliament, Scottish Parliament, Northern Ireland Assembly, National Assembly for Wales and Scottish Government. It also contains Non-Parliamentary material.

You can find all kinds of official publications through the database whether you want to track a Bill, read a debate in Hansard, find a Command Paper or read an overview of an Act. PIO allows you to see any UK Act dating back to 1988 and it’s amending Statutory Instruments.

One of PIO’s best known features is a directory, Civil Service Yearbook for detailed information on the structure, department and key personnel of the Civil Service of all central and devolved governments.

Online access to PIO database is available through Primo. Please login to Primo at the top right corner of the screen first, then on Primo Advanced Search, click on the ‘Find Databases‘ tab, and select letter ‘P‘ for Public Information Online.  If you are working from home, and you were presented with an authentication page, simple login with your university username and password, and start your search.

For more information, please read our Official Publications library guide or visit us in the Taylor Library.

Taylor Library Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

New Books in Taylor Library

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The latest additions to the Taylor Library general book collection have now been added to the new acquisitions page. See the list below for details and links to the book entries on Primo.

June 2017
Author Title Publisher Shelfmark
Acharya, Rohini (ed) Regional trade agreements and the multilateral trading system Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2016 382.9 ACH
Alexander, Isabella (ed) Research handbook on the history of copyright law Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Pub., c2016 346.0482 ALE
Aplin, Tanya Frances Intellectual property law: text, cases, and materials Oxford : Oxford University Press, c2017 346.048 APL
Barr, Warren (ed) Modern studies in property law
Volume 8
Oxford : Hart Pub., 2015 346.04 MOD
Bennett, Howard N. (ed) Carver on charterparties London : Sweet & Maxwell/Thomson Reuters, 2017 343.096 BEN
Boushey, Heather (ed) After Piketty: the agenda for economics and inequality Cambridge, Mass. ;   London : Harvard University Press, 2017 332.041 PIK BOU
Butler, William Elliott Russian law Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2009 349.47 BUT
Byers, Michael International law and the Arctic Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013 341.45 BYE
Calvo Caravaca, Alfonso-Luis (ed) The EU Succession Regulation: a commentary Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2016 346.24052 CAL
De Jonge, Alice (ed) Research handbook on transnational corporations Cheltenham ; Edward Elgar Pub., 2017 338.883 De
Derrington, Sarah C. The law and practice of admiralty matters Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016 343.096 DER
Dickinson, Andrew (ed) The Brussels I Regulation recast Oxford : Oxford University Press, c2015 340.9094 DIC
Dixon, Martin Modern land law London : Routledge, c2016 346.42043 DIX
Dreyfuss, Rochelle Cooper Intellectual property at the edge: the contested contours of IP Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2014 346.4048 DRE
Fox, Lorna Conceptualising home: theories, laws and policies Oxford : Hart Pub., 2007 346.043 FOX
Gilmore, Stephen (ed) Landmark cases in family law Oxford : Hart Pub., 2016 346.42 GIL
Ginsburg, Tom (ed) Assessing constitutional performance Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2016 342 GIN

e-book version available

Goode, Royston Miles Goode on Commercial law London : Penguin Books, 2016 346.4107 GOO
Gravells, N.P. (ed) Landmark cases in land law Oxford : Hart Pub., 2013 346.42043 GRA
Hønneland, Geir (ed) Handbook of the politics of the arctic Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Pub., c2015 327.98 JEN
Jänterä-Jareborg, Maarit (ed) The child’s interest in conflict: the intersections between society, family, faith and culture Cambridge : Intersentia, c2016 346.0135 JAN
Keenan, Sarah Subversive property: law and the production of spaces of belonging Abingdon : Routledge, 2016 340.115 KEE
Kerschischnig, Georg Cyberthreats and international law The Hague : Eleven International Pub., c2012 344.05325 KER
Klabbers, Jan International law Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2017 341 KLA
Koivurova, Timo (ed) Arctic law and governance: the role of China, Finland and the EU Oxford : Hart Pub., 2017 341.44 KOI
Kruiniger, Pauline Islamic divorces in Europe: bridging the gap between European and Islamic legal order The Hague : Eleven International Pub., c2016 340.59097 KRU
Lowe, N. V. Lowe, Everall Nicholls International movement of children: law, practice and procedure Bristol : LexisNexis, 2016 344.410328 LOW
Magnus, Ulrich Brussels Ibis regulation: commentary Köln : Otto Schmidt ; c2016 347.2405026 MAG
McDonagh, Luke (ed) European patent litigation in the shadow of the Unified Patent Court Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing, c2016 346.40486 MCD
McFarlane, Ben Land law: text, cases, and materials Oxford : Oxford University Press, c2015 346.42043 MCF
Moelle, Moritz P. The international responsibility of international organisations: cooperation in peacekeeping operations Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2017 341.584 MOE
Moses, Jonathon Wayne Managing resource abundance and wealth: the Norwegian experience Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2017 333.709481 MOS
Nollkaemper, André (ed) Principles of shared responsibility in international law: an appraisal of the state of the art Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2014 341.26 NOL
Peel, Jacqueline (ed) The role of international environmental law in disaster risk reduction Leiden : Brill Nijhoff, 2016 344.0534 PEE
Pobjoy, Jason M. The child in international refugee law Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2017 341.486083 POB
Rothwell, Donald (ed) The Oxford handbook of the law of the sea Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2015 343.096 ROT
Schabas, William An introduction to the International Criminal Court Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2017 341.77 SCH
Sendall, Jane Family law Oxford : Oxford University Press, c2017 346.42015 SEN
Stark, Barbara (ed) Human rights and children Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Pub., 2017 323.352 STA
Treitel, G. H. Carver on bills of lading London : Sweet & Maxwell/Thomson Reuters, 2017 346.41025 TRE
Triffterer, Otto Rome Statute of the international Criminal Court: a commentary München : C.H. Beck ;   London : Hart, 2016 345.0235 TRI
Tusiani, Michael D. LNG: fuel for a changing world: a nontechnical guide Tulsa : PennWell, c2016 338.27285 TUS
May 2017
Author Title Publisher Shelfmark
Adodo, Ebenezer O. I. Letters of credit: the law and practice of compliance Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2014 346.096 ADO
Bertrams, R. I. V. F. Bank guarantees in international trade: the law and practice of independent (first demand) guarantees and standby letters of credit in civil law and common law jurisdictions The Hague : Wolters Kluwer, c2013 346.074 BER
Buchanan, Bonnie G. Securitization and the global economy New York : Palgrave Macmillan, c2017 332.632 BUC
Calnan, Richard Principles of contractual interpretation Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2017 346.41022 CAL
Clarke M. A. Commercial law: text, cases and materials Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2017 346.4107 CLA
Cuniberti, Gilles Conflict of laws: a comparative approach – text and cases Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Publishing, c2017 340.9 CUN
Dalhuisen, J. H. Dalhuisen on transnational comparative, commercial, financial and trade law (3 volume set) Oxford : Hart Pub., 2016 346.07 DAL
Enonchong, Nelson The independence principle of letters of credit and demand guarantees Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2011 346.073 ENO
Koutrakos, Panos (ed) Research handbook on the law of the EU’s internal market Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Pub., 2017 343.2408 KOU
Leeuwen, Barend van European standardisation of services and its impact on private law: paradoxes of convergence Oxford : Hart Pub., 2017 343.24078 LEE
Matsushita, Mitsuo The World Trade Organization: law, practice, and policy Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2017 382.92 MAT
Silveira, Mercedeh Azeredo da Trade sanctions and international sales: an inquiry into international arbitration and commercial litigation Alphen aan den Rijn : Wolters Kluwer, 2014 341.582 SIL
Trebilcock, M. J. Advanced introduction to international trade law Cheltenham : Edward Elgar Pub., c2015 343.087 TRE
Wadlow, Christopher The law of passing off: unfair competition by misrepresentation London : Sweet & Maxwell/Thomson Reuters, 2016 346.41048 WAD
Wells-Greco, Michael Status of children arising from inter-country surrogacy arrangements The Hague, the Netherlands : Eleven International Pub., c2016 341.5 WEL
April 2017
Author Title Publisher Shelfmark
Simpson, Andrew R. C. Continuity, change and pragmatism in the law: essays in memory of professor Angelo Forte Aberdeen : Aberdeen University Press, 2016 349.411 SIM

UK primary and secondary legislation

The present post gives you a short summary of the primary and secondary legislation in the United Kingdom in accordance with the Oxford University Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA, 4th edition).  It could be particularly useful for students who are writing their dissertations over the summer and want to cite UK legislation. For more information, please see pp. 23-28 in the OSCOLA user guide.

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UK primary legislation:

  • Acts of the UK Parliament
  • Bills
  • Acts of the Scottish Parliament
  • Scottish Parliament Bills
  • Acts of the Welsh Assembly (previously known as Welsh Measures)
  • Welsh Assembly Bills
  • Acts of the Northern Ireland Assembly
    (or previously, Acts of the Parliament of Northern Ireland)
  • Bills of the Northern Ireland Assembly

UK secondary legislation:

  • UK Statutory instruments (previously known as Statutory rules, regulations
    or orders)
  • Rules of court
  • Statutory instruments of the Welsh Assembly
  • Statutory instruments of the Scottish Parliament
  • Northern Ireland statutory rules.

 

Taylor Library Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

Talk this evening-“Cycling and the Law”

brendamitchellcyclingandthelawBrenda Mitchell, the founder and Senior Partner at Cycle Law Scotland, will give a talk this evening on the subject of Cycling and the Law. She will be discussing real case studies, case law, video footage and what to do in the event of a collision. This promises to be an engaging event with plenty of opportunity for discussion and questions.

The event will last from 7pm-8:30pm and takes place in New King’s 1 (New King’s is building 22 on the campus map).

Registry for this event is free. For more information and to book your place see the Eventbrite page .

Thomson Reuters Westlaw: the platform for US and International legal materials – main features

Thomson Reuters replaced their Westlaw International service with a more user-friendly platform which contains all material previously accessible through Westlaw International.

There are two libraries on this platform; one containing United States material, one containing international material.  You can navigate between the two libraries.

Access to Thomson Reuters Westlaw is still from Westlaw UK via Primo:

  1. Go to Primo and type Westlaw into the search box.
  2. Click on the blue link or on View Online, then log in to Westlaw UK with your university username and password.
  3. Click on the Services tab at the top of the Westlaw UK screen.
  4. Select International Materials – you will be taken to the International Materials Collection.

Search rules

You can search Thomson Reuters Westlaw in the same way as you search Westlaw UK:

  • Use AND (or &) and OR to link your search terms.
  • Enclose phrases in quotation marks “  ”.
  • Use the root expander ! to retrieve all possible endings to a root, eg. pollut! will look for pollution, pollutants, polluted.
  • Use connectors to specify the relationship between your search terms: you can ask Westlaw to look for your search terms to be in the same paragraph /p or sentence /s.  For example “environmental protection” /s regulat! will look for the phrase ‘environmental protection’ in the same sentence as regulation (or regulations or regulate).

Your searches during a session will be under History at the top right of the screen. History will display all documents opened and searches made.

US material

To access material from the US click on Thomson Reuters Westlaw at the top left or on the Home link. Use the browse option to navigate to different types of content from a number of collections.  The search option at the top of the screen searches across all collections of US material.

 

US Westlaw

For cases:

  • From the All Content menu open Cases. From there you can search for All Federal or All State Cases, search for Federal Cases by Court or Circuit, or search by State or other Jurisdictions. You can also search by Topic.
  • Open the advanced search option next to the search bar to perform a search with specific terms and/or to provide a date range, party names or citation. Notice the useful list of connectors and expanders on the right hand side.

For journals:

  • From the All content menu open Secondary Sources. From the Publication Type menu you can refine your search to Law Reviews and Journals. 
  • To better search Law Reviews and Journals click on advanced and enter your search terms in the search boxes like you do when you search Westlaw UK. For even better results, use connectors and phrase marks.

Note: Notice how the search box tab changes names depending on the collection your search is in.

International material

To search the international materials collection (includes Canada, EU, UK, Commonwealth, other jurisdictions) click on International Materials on the right hand side of the Thomson Reuters Westlaw home page.

Important links here: International Materials Index and World Journals (right hand side of screen).  Click on International Materials Index to browse individual titles and jurisdictions.

International Westlaw

For legislation and treaties:

  1. Go to the International Materials Index then click on International Legal Materials.
  2. Within the collection enter search terms in quotation marks.
  3. Search within results to narrow your search further

For all journals:

  1. Click on World Journals to see titles of all journals. This will include US.
  2. Click on a jurisdiction to see all journals listed for the country.

Document management

  • Click on the title to open a document and move around in it by using the arrows in the control panel.
  • You can change the font size, go to a specific section in the document, change the screen mode or click on the download arrow for email/print/download/send to Kindle options.
  • For more options and features and to increase your skills in using this new platform see Thomson Reuters’ own video: Introduction to Thomson Reuters Westlaw or read their user guides.

Remember to Sign Off!

If you have trouble using this database, please come and see us at the Taylor Library or contact:

Janet MacKay
T: 01224 273892
E: j.i.mackay@abdn.ac.uk

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Eleni Borompoka
Taylor Library

 

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

Contemporary Intellectual Property Law – Textbook updates

Are you studying Intellectual Property Law?

Well, if the answer is yes, you might like to read the textbook entitled Contemporary Intellectual Property: Law and Policy (by Waelde et al.). The Library has several copies of the 3rd edition – published in 2013 – in the Heavy Demand Room.

There have been so many developments in this field of the law recently that the publisher, the Oxford University Press and the authors have decided to revise the content of the book. A webpage for the Updates has been created where the readers could find all the relevant information regarding the changes happened in the last two years.

The webpage currently provides access to case and policy updates to August 2015. Please, sign up the mailing list to be alerted when a new update is added to the page.

Good reading and research everyone.

Taylor Library Team
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