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.

8737200170_0975ecc980_o

© UK Parliament

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 .

WestlawNext: the new platform for US and International legal material – main features

Thomson Reuters recently released a new, user-friendly platform to replace their Westlaw International service. The new platform is called WestlawNext and contains all material previously accessible through Westlaw International.

There are two libraries in WestlawNext; one containing United States material, one containing international material.  You can navigate between the two libraries.

Access to WestlawNext is still from Westlaw UK via Primo:

  1. Go to Primo and type Westlaw in 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 WestlawNext 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 WestlawNext 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 the WestlawNext logo 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.

WestlawHome1

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. In the By Type arrangement notice the very useful Law Reviews and Journals link.  From Law Reviews and Journals you have the option to search for US National, Federal or International material.

Note: ‘International’ will open up a list of suggested titles in the Law Reviews and Journals collection. However, you can search across all Law Reviews and Journals from the search bar across the top of the screen.

  • 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 WestlawNext 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.

WestlawInternational2.png

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 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: Getting Started with WestlawNext or read their user guide.

Remember to Sign Off!

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

Elaine Shallcross
Information Consultant for Law and Business
Nicola Will
Site Services Manager

*******

 

Eleni Borompoka
Taylor Library
T: 01224 272601
E: lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

 

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

Westlaw logo

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