Construction work in Taylor Library between the 13th – 15th of June 2022

We would like to advise our readers that there will be construction work carried out on our heating system in Taylor Library from Monday 13 to Wednesday 15 June 2022.

The work might cause some noise and disruption. We would like to apologize in advance for the inconvenience.

Taylor Library Staff
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

Freshservice – New Enquiry Management System for Taylor Library

On Tuesday 17th August 2021, Taylor Library is moving to Freshservice – the enquiry management system used by the IT Service Desk, Finance, and eLearning at the University of Aberdeen.

From this date, when you send an enquiry to our email address (lawlib@abdn.ac.uk), you will receive an automated response with a unique ID by return. Enquiries that are still ongoing when we switchover to the system may also receive an automated response and will be handled using the new system from then on.

In preparation for the move, there will be a short interruption to service on the email account on Monday 16th August between 15:00-17:00. This means if you send an email during this time, you may receive a bounce back saying the account does not exist. If this happens, please try again after 17:00.

We hope that our new enquiry management system, Freshservice, will improve your library experience.

Taylor Library Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

Accessing course reading lists on MyAberdeen

At the beginning of the academic year 2020-21, the Library Services undertook a huge project to support our academics as they were preparing for blended learning. We created almost 500 reading lists for courses in the first half session, and 368 reading lists for the second half session. Through these reading lists, students can have easy and direct access to the most important course materials.

If you want to access the reading lists of a particular course, please follow the steps below:

  • Go to MyAberdeen, then select the required course.
  • Once within the course’s opening page, check the links on the left-hand side of the screen
  • Click on Books & Tools.
  • On the right-hand side of the page, a pop-up window opens which displays the Reading List of the selected course.
  • Click on Reading List to see the uploaded materials.

Remember, this is not the full list of the course materials you need to read for the given course. These are just the few most important items that your course coordinator highlighted. In this respect, the Reading List in MyAberdeen can never substitute the Course Handout which contains the full list of course readings.

Also, if during the semester, your course coordinator or other academic staff who are involved in teaching post announcements about course readings on MyAberdeen, and you cannot find them, please contact the person who made the announcement and NOT the library because we cannot help with these kind of inquiries.

We hope that providing Reading Lists services will enhance your learning experiences, and it will be hugely beneficial while you are completing assignments or preparing for your exams.

Taylor Library Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

Taylor Library Closure

FullSizeRender (5)Due to measures to restrict the spread of COVID-19, Taylor Library will be closed at 17:00 on Tuesday 17 March 2020 for the foreseeable future.

Please, contact us via emails if you need assistance with online resources. Taylor Library staff will monitor library emails (lawlib@abdn.ac.uk) from home within office hours (09:00-17:00). Check the university website (www.abdn.ac.uk) for up-to-date information.

Information  and advice on corona virus situation:

NHS website – general advice: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
NHS 111https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19
Government advisory service: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

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.

WLaw2

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.

Do you need help with your dissertation?

Inter Library Loans for taught postgraduates and final year undergraduates

IT problems

© CollegeDegrees360. Licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Are you preparing for your dissertation and you need a book or an article we do not have in stock? Have you ever thought of using Inter Library Loan (ILL) services? Through the national Inter Library Loan network, we can obtain materials for you from other libraries.

The post will explain how this service operates and highlight a few important facts you need to consider before requesting this service.

Before you submit your ILL request

Please make sure you have checked Primo before you submit your request. Each year, the ILL Team find approximately 50% of requests received are for items already in the University of Aberdeen’s library collections. If you are not sure how to search for items on Primo, or how to interpret the library record of the item, please come to the Issue/Help Desk or email us, and we will help you.

Please make sure that you have as much details as possible about the item(s) you need. Also, if it is a book that you want to request, you can check the author and title on Copac, and it would give you an idea how many institutions have the book.

What material can you request?

Books, reports, copies of patents or standards or journal articles may be requested.

How much does the ILL service cost?

Unfortunately, this is not a free service, so you need to pay for it when you are submitting your request. You can buy ILL vouchers at the Issue Desk in Taylor Library. A voucher costs £7.00 and covers one standard Inter Library Loan request. You can find the full list of the ILL charges here.

The progress of your request

Be aware that we cannot predict when you can get your requested items from other libraries, or that your request will be ever met. Usually, books could take up to 4 – 6 weeks to get here, while journal articles can be quicker, as these days they are scanned and sent immediately. You can check the progress of your ILL request through the Library Catalogue. Please login to the catalogue using your university username and password.

Please Note

  • Usually brand new books (e.g. published in 2018 and 2019) would not be sent out
  • If a book was on loan at the institution, it would not be recalled
  • If their copy was in their Heavy Demand section, they would not lend it either
  • We would not get books from institutions from abroad as it is very costly.

If you have any questions, please get back in touch with us.

Taylor Library Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

Requesting books from the General Collections in the Taylor Library

Top of C stairs

The Taylor Library has an extensive book collection covering every area of the law, from legal theory through international law to private and public law. Our unique resources on Roman Law are well known not only for our university community, but for a wider audience as well. The popularity of this part of the collection is proven by overwhelming numbers of Inter Library Loan requests from all over the UK. The main book stock consists of books, monographs, folios, and pamphlets. This post offers help with requesting books from the General Collection.

The golden rule is that if an item is available in the library, there is no need to request it! Instead, collect your book from the shelf and take it to the Issue Desk where library staff can issue it for you.

How do you know if the item is in the library?

Please, go to Primo Advanced Search, login and click on the Books+ tab. We advise you to change the default settings in the Material Type scroll down menu from Any to Books, and in the Search Scope field to Libraries. Use the search boxes of the screen to perform a search adding the title and the name of the author in the search boxes.
Primo 2

On the search results page, click on the Availability tab under your selected title to see the status of the book.  If you find the message ‘On Shelf’ in the Status column, it means that the book is available in the library. A date displayed indicates that the book is on loan. (See image below)
Do not forget that you only have to request a book if it is on loan.
Results 3

How can you request a book if it is on loan?

In the Availability tab, check the Request Options column and click on the Request link next to the date. Simply follow the onscreen instruction to put a hold request on the title.

What happens when you request a book which is available in Taylor Library?

If you put a request on the book which is here in the library, our Library Management System would treat your action as an item request in another library, e.g. in the Medical Library. Please, only do this if you really want to collect your book there.

If you need further help or clarification, please contact us.

Taylor Library Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

 

 

You said, we did – Service improvement in Taylor Library

dav

The new academic year is already upon us, and we are getting busier every day. It is great to welcome not only the new but also, the many returning students in the library.

For those of you who were regular users of our services last year, the news that the library has got 396 new electrical sockets must come as a pleasant surprise. We know how many of you preferred using your own laptops here, and were sometimes disappointed when you failed to find free tables next to a wall socket. During the summer, this major refurbishment gave us the chance to improve our services.

dav

Please come and visit us in Taylor Library to see what we can offer, and hopefully, enjoy a more comfortable and pleasant working environment.

Taylor Library Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

Summer opening hours in Taylor Library

From Saturday 19 May 2018 to Monday 03 September 2018, Taylor Library & EDC will operate the following summer vacation hours:

Summer op

For all branches’ opening hours, click here.

Please visit us if you need help with law resources or just a quiet place to study.

Taylor Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

Term time opening hours at the Taylor Library

The Taylor Library team would like to welcome all new and returning students
to the library.

Please don’t hesitate to speak to one of us if you need help with anything.

You will also be very happy to hear that we are now back to term time opening hours:

Monday – Thursday 09:00 – 22:00
Friday 09:00 – 20:00
Saturday 09:00 – 22:00
Sunday 13:00 – 22:00

To see the opening hours page on the Library website click here.

Taylor Library Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk