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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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