The Taylor Library book-sale is currently on and will continue until Friday 6th October. There’s still plenty of interesting titles available so if you haven’t had a look yet, make sure you do before next Friday!
As a first year law student, you will be required to complete a mandatory Library Exercise in the Legal System course in late September. In this exercise, students have to come to the Taylor Library, and find answers to around 30 questions set by the School of Law. This activity introduces two very basic collections to you: the Law Report Series and Official Publications collections. It helps you navigate through legal cases and primary legislation, and it shapes your knowledge on legal terminology.
This is the very first assignment you have to face, and students are often overwhelmed by the challenge. To make the completion of the Library Exercise easier, and more successful, we put together the following list of instructions.
- Read the questions carefully! You will find questions related to court cases. To find the right answers, you need to know what the case citation means in a particular case.
- Decoding citation is not always straightforward, especially if you have never done this before. Please follow the hyperlink to get help with understanding case citation.
- In the Taylor Library, there are posters everywhere which can explain what the different abbreviations stand for. Look for posters like this at the end of the shelves.
- Once you know the meaning of the abbreviation, you are on the right track to find the resource you need. For example, if the abbreviation is SC, and you have figured out that this stands for Session Cases, then the next step is to locate this law report series in the library.
- Law reports are stored on the right hand side of the lower level in Block C and Block D, and they are arranged in alphabetical order.
- Around half of the questions concern legislation. And, just as with legal cases, legislation also has its own citation regime. Please follow the link to learn more about citing legislation.
- The Official Publications collection which contains the resources you need is found at the back of lower Block D, on the right hand side.
- In order to answer the questions, you will need these publications:
- There are always a few questions concerning the Current Law Statutes Annotated collection which can be found on the lower level in Block C, opposite the Help Desk.
- This is an individual assignment and not group work. Please work alone, and ask the library staff, and not your fellow students, if you need help.
- Certain resources are stored downstairs in Block D. We would like to remind you that it is a Silent Study Zone, so talking is not allowed there.
- And finally, this is a paper exercise. You are expected to find the answers in the library and not online. Please try to avoid using electronic legal databases.
We hope that this exercise will be a pleasant and rewarding experience. Do not worry if you cannot find the answers right away, you still know where you can find us. Please, come to the Help Desk or to the Issue Desk in the Taylor Library, and do not be afraid to ask for help.
Good luck with your Library Exercise!
Taylor Library Team
Hi! I’m Janet MacKay, the Information Consultant for Law. I’m here to support the students and staff in the School of Law. I qualified as a librarian in 2003, and have been a member of the Teaching, Liaison & Consultancy team in the University of Aberdeen’s library since 2011.
The best way to contact me is by email as I am often teaching or at meetings. My email address is email@example.com. I work in The Sir Duncan Rice Library (SDRL) for part of the week as I am also the Information Consultant for the Business School – my office in SDRL is on Floor 4. If you have any questions, please get in touch. If I’m in my office in Taylor Library, just knock! It’s the room with the ‘Librarian’s Office’ notice on the door.
If you are a new student, we’ll be meeting in workshops where I’ll be teaching you how to find the literature to support your studies and beyond.
See you soon!
With the first classes of term just around the corner, we’d like to take this opportunity to remind users of the food and drink policy.
Food is permitted in certain areas of Taylor Library, provided it is not hot, overly fragrant or noisy. So for example sandwiches, salads and last night’s pizza are fine. Soup, curry, crisps and popping candy are not. Drinks (excluding alcohol) are permitted under the condition that hot drinks be covered with a fixed lid. In addition, while drinks are permitted throughout the library under the aforementioned conditions…
food is NOT allowed in:
- the PC classroom, or at any PC
- project rooms 1 and 2
- the silent areas in D block
Just ask a member of staff if you are unsure of anything. It is our aim to provide a harmonious study environment for all library users at all times. Please help us to do so.
The Taylor Library team
Calling all new Law students (and any others who’d like to come and study in our fine library)! Why not familiarise yourself with the Taylor Library from the comfort of the pub/halls/flat (delete as appropriate) with our new virtual tour? You’ll find brief explanations of key areas and facilities as well as plenty of links to further information and resources to help you get the most out what we have to offer.
Happy Freshers Week, and see you soon!
Taylor Library Staff
See below for a selection of highlights from our July acquisitions. An excerpt from the publishers description follows the bibliographic details. Click on the shelfmark links to view the book records on Primo.
Failure to flourish: how law undermines family relationships
Oxford : Oxford University Press, c2014
“Exploring the connection between families and inequality, Failure to Flourish: How Law Undermines Family Relationships argues that the legal regulation of families stands fundamentally at odds with the needs of families. Strong, stable, positive relationships are essential for both individuals and society to flourish, but from transportation policy to the criminal justice system, and from divorce rules to the child welfare system, the legal system makes it harder for parents to provide children with these kinds of relationships, exacerbating the growing inequality in America” (OUP)
Tallinn manual 2.0 on the international law applicable to cyber operations
Michael N. Schmitt (ed)
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2017
“The focus of the original Manual was on the most severe cyber operations, those that violate the prohibition of the use of force in international relations, entitle states to exercise the right of self-defence, and/or occur during armed conflict. Tallinn Manual 2.0 adds a legal analysis of the more common cyber incidents that states encounter on a day-to-day basis and that fall below the thresholds of the use of force or armed conflict.
The expanded edition of the Tallinn Manual, like its predecessor, represents the views of its authors, and not of NATO, the NATO CCD COE, its Sponsoring Nations, or any other entity. ” (CCDCOE)
The UK and European human rights: a strained relationship?
Katja S. Ziegler (ed)
Oxford : Hart Pub., 2015
“The UK’s engagement with the legal protection of human rights at a European level has been, at varying stages, pioneering, sceptical and antagonistic. The UK government, media and public opinion have all at times expressed concerns about the growing influence of European human rights law, particularly in the controversial contexts of prisoner voting and deportation of suspected terrorists as well as in the context of British military action abroad. British politicians and judges have also, however, played important roles in drafting, implementing and interpreting the European Convention on Human Rights. Its incorporation into domestic law in the Human Rights Act 1998 intensified the ongoing debate about the UK’s international and regional human rights commitments. Furthermore, the increasing importance of the European Union in the human rights sphere has added another layer to the relationship and highlights the complex relationship(s) between the UK government, the Westminster Parliament and judges in the UK, Strasbourg and Luxembourg.
The book analyses the topical and contentious issue of the relationship between the UK and the European systems for the protection of human rights (ECHR and EU) from doctrinal, contextual and comparative perspectives and explores factors that influence the relationship of the UK and European human rights.” (Hart Pub)
The carpet replacement project in Taylor Library has been completed. All areas of the library, including the computer and project rooms, are now open to students, staff and visitors.
Furthermore, new general waste and recycling bins have been installed throughout the library, including 3 waste & liquids bins.
It is our aim to provide a harmonious study environment for all users at all times.
Please help us to achieve this.
Enjoy using your library!