OECD resources in Taylor Library and online

OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) is an international organisation of governments that work together to “understand what drives economic, social and environmental change. It measures productivity and global flows of trade and investment. It analyses and compares data to predict future trends. It sets international standards on a wide range of things, from agriculture and tax to the safety of chemicals.” (OECD website)

As the above definition suggests, the OECD collection can provide valuable data for researchers in a wide variety of disciplines. The library services at University of Aberdeen provide access to students and academic staff to the OECD collection on paper  in Taylor Library, or online, through the OECD iLibrary database.

OECD resources in the library

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Taylor Library has an extensive paper collection of OECD documents on Floor 2 in Taylor Block D. We have a large selection of periodicals, books, pamphlets, reports and statistics. Items are catalogued differently in this collection; the shelfmarks have an OECD- prefix attached. The library holdings cover the years between 1961 and 2004. For documents after 2004, please use OECD iLibrary database.

OECD iLibrary 

The database contains all the publications and data-sets released by not only OECD but also the International Energy Agency, the Nuclear Energy Agency, the OECD Development Centre, PISA and the International Transport Forum.
It covers different subject fields from agriculture and food through economics, education, employment, energy, environment to health and social issues. From 1998 onwards, through OECD iLibrary, you can access:

  • 15 240 e-book titles
  • 77 950 chapters
  • 231 820 tables and graphs
  • 2 185 articles
  • 6 165 multilingual summaries
  • 6 370 working papers
  • 7 billion data points across 79 databases.

If you need help with this collection, please get in touch with us.

Taylor Library Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

 

 

Requesting books from the General Collections in the Taylor Library

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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.
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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.
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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

 

 

Old books for contemporary readers

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Readers can find an extensive collection of paper books on the second floor of the Taylor Library & EDC. Nowadays, when there is a significant shift from physical resources to online collections, our general law book collection is less busy than it was.

Undergraduate students mainly use Heavy Demand items on their course reading lists. These are textbooks, monographs, or anthologies of various fields of law. Dissertation time is probably the first time when many of them venture upstairs, and have a more thorough look around the general law collection. This is not the case with the postgraduate and especially research students who tend to use this collection more regularly. As they have to demonstrate a deeper knowledge of their chosen fields, they need more rigorous research and wider reading on their topics.

The general law collection is an ideal source of information. Covering almost every possible area of the law, it provides books, research papers, pamphlets, folios, etc. Not all materials are in English. The collection houses a quite unique Roman law section, with books written in Latin, German or French. The oldest books go back to the turn of the 19th century. [See Pandekten (1800) written by Carl Georg von Wachter (1797 -1880) and Oscar Eberhard Siegfried von Wachter (1825-1902)].

Among the old books, there are a few very well-known publications. If someone is studying law, some books are surely unmissable, like An institute of the law of Scotland: in four books: in the order of Sir George Mackenzie’s Institutes of the law by John Erskine (1695-1768); Commentaries on the law of Scotland respecting crimes by David Hume (1757-1838) or Principles of the law of Scotland by George Joseph Bell (1770-1843).

Of course, not all old books are as rare or as famous as the ones just mentioned. But all of them are important in their own way, and are excellent for historical studies or just providing a historical perspective for a given legal research. To rediscover the hidden treasures of the general law collection, and to highlight a few interesting items there, we are launching a new series of posts. Our aim is to introduce old books to contemporary readers.

The first book chosen is entitled The Court of Session Garland. It is an anthology compiled by James Maidment (1793-1879), and makes for a very lighthearted reading. The author was a prominent Advocate on genealogical cases and a friend of Sir Walter Scott. He also proved himself as a historian, poet and literary collector. Maidment’s personal library was so huge (more than 5000 items at the time of his death) that the auction for the sale of the collection lasted more than 15 sessions in 1880, and raised about £4,500. [See Oxford Dictionary of National Biography]

The Court of Session Garland is a collection of humorous writings (anecdotes, songs, sonnets, epigrams, literary sketches) written by – among others – Scottish lawyers of the era (lawyers, advocates, judges). The individual pieces were selected by Maidment, and then published by Thomas G. Stevenson in Edinburgh in 1839. Of course, the book is neither a serious legal nor a sophisticated literary work, its importance lies in its significance for cultural history. The book offers a fascinating and original insight into the life of early 19th century legal professionals. It sheds a humorous light on the Scottish Bar.

And, to spark your interest in the publication, here are a few quotes from the book:

I.

“EPIGRAM ON THE LATE HUGO ARNOT. ESQ. ADVOCATE.

Written by the Honourable Henry Erskine.

The Scriptures assure us much may be forgiven
To flesh and to blood, by the mercy of heaven ;
But I’ve searched all the books, and texts I find none
That extend such forgiveness to skin and to bone.*

*Hugo was so attenuated as to be almost a walking skeleton, – had he lived till the year 1825, he might have proved a formidable rival to the living skeleton of that period. One day he was eating a split dried haddock, commonly called a spelding, when the reputed author of these lines came in, – “You see,” says Hugo, “I am not starving,” “I must own,” observed Henry Erskine, “that you are very like your meat.”

II.

 “SONG,

BY WILLIAM ERSKINE, ESQ. ADVOCATE.

William Erskine, afterwards Lord Kinneder, was the son of the Reverend William Erskine, Minister of Muthil, -he was admitted Advocate in 1790, was appointed Sheriff-Depute of Orkney 6th June 1809, and promoted to the Bench, on the resignation of Lord Balmuto, on the 29th January 1822; -he died on the 14th of August following; -he was the intimate friend of Sir Walter Scott, and author of several small poems, amongst which are Supplementary Verses to Collins’ Ode on the Superstitions of the Highlands, which possess great poetical merit.

1.

O say not Cynthia, maid divine !
That vain our vows must ever prove,
That far from thee I still must pine,
For fortune is the foe of love,
And blissful dreams and visions bright.
Ah ! yield not to the fiend despair,
Nor dash with shades of deepest night,
The scenes our fancy form’d so fair.
Far, far from hollow splendor flee,
And live with innocence and me.

2.

Come, view the vale, my peerless maid,
Where lost to all but thee I dwell,
Where nature’s beauties deck the shade
That hides thy lover’s lowly cell.
See, peace, the cherub, wanders here,
See, independence guards my store,
And truth, and hope, and love are here,-
My Cynthia can’st thou wish for more ?
Then haste from hollow splendor flee,
And dwell with innocence and me.”

 

Now, you can read the parody of the previous poem here:

“PARODY ON THE PRECEDING,

BY GEORGE CRANSTON, ESQ. LORD COREHOUSE.

1.

O say not William, youth divine,
In vain your company I seek,
That far from me to-day you dine,
Tho’ you were ask’d on Thursday week.
Your leisure hours, your eves of rest,
O give not to some stupid drone,
Nor be the dull Dunsinnan’s* guest,
For you had better yawn alone.
Far, far from Lords of Session flee,
And dine with Thomson,† and with me.

2.

Come, view the meal, my peerless blade,
Which Annie’s gentle cares afford,
Two chickens from the Cowgate head,
To grace your George’s simple board,-
And peas,-the pudding crowns my cheer,-
Potatoes purchas’d at the door,
And greens, and tarts, and ham, are here,-
My William can’st thou wish for more?
Then haste, from Lords of Session flee,
And dine with Thompson and with me.”

* Sir William Nairn, Bart. Lord Dunsinnan,-his Lordship was admitted advocate 11th March 1755, made a Lord of Session 9th March 1786, and of Justiciary, 24th December 1792. He resigned the latter appointment in 1808, the former in 1809, and died at Dunsinnan House on the 20th of March 1811. He was uncle of the celebrated Katherine Nairn, who was convicted, 14th August 1768, of being art and part guilty with her brother-in-law, Lieutenant Patrick Ogilvie, of the murder of her husband, Thomas Ogilvie of Eastmiln, as also of an incestuous intercourse with her said brother-in-law. She, (by her uncle’s assistance, as was reported,) escaped from prison, and thus avoided the gallows; but her paramour was executed. In a Magazine for 1777 she is said to have taken refuge in a Convent at Lisle, “a sincere penitent”.

† Thomas Thomson, Esq. Deputy-Clerk-Register, and one of the Principal Clerks of Session.”

III.

“SONNET

TO PATRICK ROBERTSON, ESQ.

Patrick ! Thou whom no man or mother’s son,
From Rydal northward to thine own Strathspey,
The grave can better temper with the gay ;
Who art in truth a double-barrell’d gun,
One barrell charg’d with law, and one with fun ;
Accept the customary votive lay,
On this the festive, though the thoughtful day,
When time another cycle hath begun,
Spite of the working of “ the people’s bill,”
May thy quaint spirit long impart its zest
Unto thy daily life–making the year
One constant merry Christmas–seasoning still
The learning of the law with well-tim’d jest,
And meditation pale, with purple cheer.

W—— W—DS—TH.

R——- l M——nt,
Jan. 1836

Fishy

 

Taylor Library Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

Legal journals – update

cropped-fullsizerender-5.jpgDid you know that some of the periodicals are only available in paper format in
the Taylor Library?

Although the Taylor Library has an extensive collection of e-journals, not every title has
online access. Please check the following list of publications to see what we have only
in hard copy:

  • Family Law (library holdings: from 1971 onwards)
  • Oil & Gas Law & Taxation Review (holdings cover the years: 1982-1994; 1996; 1997; and 1999)
  • Recueil des Cours: Academie de Droit International (available from 1947 onwards)
  • Scottish Law Gazette (library holdings cover the years 1933 – 2005; 2014)
  • Tolley’s Insolvency Law & Practice (available between the years, 1995 – 2007)

TIP! Although the journal entitled ‘Juridical Review‘ has online access, you have to be careful because the library e-holdings cover only the years between 1889-1938 and from 2010 onwards.

Remember! If you need one or more publications from the list above, you have to come to the Library and find the volumes on the shelves.

Taylor Library Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

Featured Book of the Month: Maintenance and Child Support in Private International Law by Lara Walker

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Featured book this month:

Maintenance and Child Support in Private International Law by Lara Walker

Here is a portion of the publisher’s description:

“No one would dispute that the duty to provide for those that you have a legal and moral obligation to support is very important. With the movement and migration of people both within Europe and globally there are more and more families and relations who live in different states. Therefore it is imperative that suitable and workable methods exist to create maintenance obligations and then secure the transfer of funds, particularly from abroad. In this book the provisions in EU Maintenance Regulation no 4/2009 and the Hague Maintenance Convention of 2007 are analysed in order to discover what developments and therefore potential improvements have been made in relation to the recovery of maintenance from abroad. It also includes an empirical study on the first year of operation of the Maintenance Regulation. Data collected has been analysed in order to supplement the critique of the instruments. The information and analysis is used to suggest suitable solutions for the future which include, amendments to the Regulation and recommendations for best practice.”

Head to the publisher’s site to find out more and read some excerpts. Alternatively, just pop in to Taylor and have a look! We have 2 copies in Heavy Demand.

Lara Walker lectures in Law at the University of Sussex.

The University of Aberdeen’s Centre for Private International Law is globally recognized as one of the leading research groups in its field.

All books acquired in the last 3 months are listed on the Taylor Library New Acquisitions page (updated at the beginning of every month) which includes links to the book entries on Primo. From there you can check availability, request books that are out on loan, and reserve Heavy Demand items.

Taylor Library & EDC Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

A Short History of Taylor Library

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In the summer 2015, we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the last and most extensive refurbishment of the Taylor Library. To celebrate the occasion, the Taylor Library Team would like to present our readers with a short history of the library.

The article aims to follow the development of the site from the mid-1950s till today. It will outline the most important events, how the service improved and how the collections were enriched.

We guarantee that the old photographs that illustrate the story will capture your imagination.

You can read the full story on the library webpage:  http://www.abdn.ac.uk/library/about/taylor/a-short-history-of-taylor-libr/

 

Taylor Library & EDC Team
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk