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

 

Notes on using SpringerLink e books

SpringerLinkThe SpringerLink database comprises collections of books, journals and reference works. It covers numerous disciplines from Architecture & Design to Social Sciences, and, among them, you can also find Law. A significant part of the law collection deals with contemporary problems of international law, environmental law, criminal law or legal theory. The database also provides a wide coverage across other law subjects.

SpringerLink is one of only a few publishers that permit you to lawfully download a whole book to you computer or mobile device, and keep it indefinitely for your own educational or research use.

Remember, downloading books for others is not allowed. Please only download what you need for the research, course or assignment you are working on – mass downloading to build up a library of your own is unfair on the publisher (and authors) and not permitted.

You might find the following instructions useful to get access to this database:

  1. Go to Primo
  2. Select Find Databases tab (on the top of Primo screen)
  3. Click on ‘S‘ to see databases starting with this letter
  4. Scroll down to SpringerLink, and click on the database
    – Using on-campus computers, you will be directed to the database at once
    – In case of off-campus access, you might be asked to log into the database
    (Please provide your University username and password)
  5. Once inside the database, check the ‘Browse by discipline’ section, and select Law 
  6. On the left hand side of the Law page, you can find different boxes:
    Deselect Include preview-only
    – Select Book from the ‘Type Content‘ box
    – Select English from the ‘Language‘ box (Of course if you wish to read books in
    other languages, you have to select the relevant language)
  7. Finally, you might like to check the Subdiscipline box to see the different law subjects the database, SpringerLink could offer to you.

From your result screen, click on the book title you would like to read or download, and follow the onscreen instructions.

Good discovery, reading and research, everyone!

Taylor Library Staff
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

 

Permanent links to sources in HeinOnline save time and effort

HeinOnline has created permanent links to its libraries, individual titles, and even to pages in documents to help make research and referencing more efficient.

Creating a link to a library

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  1. Go to the HeinOnline Welcome Screen and right-click on the collection from the list of subscribed libraries.
  2. Depending on the web browser you use, choose one of the following options:

    Copy Link Location in Firefox
    Copy Shortcut in Internet Explorer
    Copy Link Address in Chrome
    Copy Link in Safari

  3. Paste the link accordingly.

Creating a link to a title

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It’s possible to obtain a URL from several different places but, from any of the following locations, simply right-click on the title and choose the appropriate link copying tool for your web browser (as outlined above):

  1. Do a Catalog Search for particular journal, e.g. Yale Law Journal, and right-click on the title from the result to obtain the link.
  2. Browse the alphabetical list of titles available from any collection’s homepage, and right-click on the title to obtain the link.
  3. If you already have the title open, right-click on the title name from the navigation trail.

Creating a link to a specific page

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  1. To obtain a permalink for a specific page use the Permalink button located in the toolbar above an open document. 
  2. A box will open from which you can copy and paste the full URL.
  3. NOTE: it is possible to do this for any page in HeinOnline.

Elaine Shallcross
e.shallcross@abdn.ac.uk