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

 

Tip of the Day: Need to find a journal article on your reading list?

 Example:

 Neal Kumar Katyal, ‘Active Avoidance: The Modern Supreme Court  and Legal  Change’ (2015) 128 Harv. L. Rev. 2109

1) Start by finding the full name of the journal.

 To obtain the full title, go to Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations. Consult our  library guide if you need help with this resource. 

 2) Once you have the full name of the journal (Harvard Law Review in this example)  enter it in the Primo search box in the Advanced Search option and change  material type to Journals. Make sure you are in the Books+ tab. 

 Remember to log in to Primo before you start searching!

Primo Journal search

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 3) The name of the journal will usually be at the top of your results list. Click on the SFX   button and ‘Open source in a new window’.

 ‘Read this now’ lists the databases through which we have access to this title,  including years of coverage.

 ‘Get this later’ will take you to the catalogue where you can find out if we have this  title on paper.

 4) Check the year coverage in the ‘Read this now’ section and click on GO to link out to  the appropriate database. (The one including the year you are interested in.)
Harvard Law  Review articles from year 2015 are obtainable through HeinOnline and
Lexis Library.

 5) Every database is structured differently but the general rule is that once in, you need
to try and find the list of years available, or the archive or, in the case of Westlaw
and Lexis the list of years in the Browse section.

 6) Check your citation again to make sure you are in the right year, then find the volume  (or issue number if there is one) and lastly, look for the page number.

 If you are not managing to find the article this way, still inside the journal (step 6) use the  search box and enter words from the title of the article! Always check your citation  thoroughly to make sure you have found the right article.

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 Have a look at our PowToon slideshow on finding legal journal articles.
(Switch  Autoplay to ‘on’ to watch this presentation as a video.)
Warning: The Primo interface has slightly changed since this video was published.  However, the search mechanism is still the same.

 Please come and speak to us if you have any questions!

 Taylor Library Team
 lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

 

The benefits of creating a Westlaw UK profile

Westlaw logo

Westlaw can help you to better organize your research. With a Westlaw profile
you can:

  • add documents to folders
  • email/print/download documents
  • create alerts
  • and use the Linkbuilder tool.

You can still access, email, print and download individual documents or result lists without a profile, but if you are planning to use Westlaw a lot, you will definitely benefit from the extra features that a profile offers.

Important:
Access to Westlaw UK should always be through Primo whether you are creating a profile or not. Login to Primo and go to the Find Databases tab at the top. Click on ‘W’ and scroll down until you reach Westlaw UK. Click on the link. The database might ask you to provide your University username and password, a process also known as
Shibboleth authentication.

To create a profile:

Once you are linked out to Westlaw (through Shibboleth authentication) you will see a smaller window with the heading ‘Log in to My Westlaw UK Profile’ prompting you to Log In or Skip.

Create profile final

1) Click on Create Profile. Provide your first name, last name and your email address and click on Create.
2)  Go back to your email to obtain your password. Login to your profile will be by           providing the email you registered with (as your username) and a password.
3) Enter your username and temporary password. When you sign in to My Westlaw UK for the first time, you’ll be asked to change your password to something more memorable. This needs to be between 6 and 25 digits long.

new password

Next thing you will see is this screen:

When you have finished setting up your profile and Log In, your name will appear at the top blue line. Westlaw will always suggest that you log in to your profile.

The benefits:

Adding documents to folders    Picture1

When you find a case, journal article or piece of legislation that is of interest to you, save it in a folder so you can go back to it later. How? Simply click on the Add to Folder icon on the right of the light blue line across the top of the screen. An Add to Folder menu will open. You can save the document in one of your existing folders, or, for first-time users: create a new folder by typing a name in the box and clicking on New Folder. Next time you login to Westlaw, you can visit your folders from the My Folders link at the very top of the screen (dark blue line). All of your saved documents will be there. A great way of organizing your findings!

Creating alerts     ALARM

If a specific case is of particular interest to you, you can create an alert for it and thus be informed of any changes; e.g. when its status changes, or when it gets referenced in a journal article, when it’s cited by another case, or when another case has been heard between the same parties on a different point of law. To create a Case Alert, go to the Case Analysis document, the full text or Graphical History and click on the Create Case Alert link at the top right hand corner of the screen. (Looks like an alarm clock.) You can also create an alert for a list of results from a specific search.

Click on Alerts (blue line at the top) to go back to your saved alerts and run a search again or edit it, or to change the way your alerts are set up!

And…

The Linkbuilder tool   linkbuilder

This feature allows you to create direct links to material on Westlaw UK. The links can include authentication; meaning that upon clicking on them, users will have to provide their University username and password. You can create and send links to result pages, individual documents or search templates.

To use this feature you need to have a profile with Westlaw. Next step is to contact Westlaw UK Customer Support Team on 0800 028 2200 or by email at:  customer.service@westlaw.co.uk and request access to the Linkbuilder tool.

To create a link:

1) Navigate to the document and click the Build Link icon on the top right hand corner of the screen. You will be presented with a link creation screen. (The Linkbuilder screen.) You can choose your method of authentication here:

2) For the University of Aberdeen authentication is via the entityID URL for Shibboleth. (Deselect the Save sponsor code option.)
Enter the following in the entityID URL box: https://shibserv.abdn.ac.uk/shibboleth and make sure the Save entityID URL box is ticked.

3) Click Copy to Clipboard at the bottom of the screen. The link is now ready to be pasted into any document. Remember that you can also ‘hide’ links under citations or words (in other words, linkify words or parts of text) if you are creating and publishing
material online.

Read this guide to find out more about the Linkbuilder tool.

Tip: If you skip logging in to your profile and later decide that you would like to use the extra features that a profile offers, the way to log in is by clicking on the Westlaw UK icon at the top left hand corner, then clicking on MyWestlaw to bring up the log in window! Your name will appear at the start of the blue ribbon at the top.

Remember to Log Out!

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For more information on using Westlaw UK, find our Library guides here.
Come and see us in person if you need help with Westlaw or any other legal database!

Eleni Borompoka
Taylor Library & EDC
01224 272601
eleni.boro@abdn.ac.uk
lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

 

 

 

New instructional video: Finding law e-journal articles through Primo

Needing to find an online journal article but unsure where to start?
Why not watch our short video on finding law e-journal articles through Primo…

You can find it under the Instructional Material tab in our blog, or online through our youtube channel.

TaylorblogInstructionalMaterial

More videos on how to use the Taylor Library resources and facilities to come soon!

Just keep checking the list of our Instructional Material and hopefully you will find the right video to help you make the most of our library!

If you have any questions about this or any of our videos, please email lawlib@abdn.ac.uk

Eleni Borompoka
Senior Information Assistant
Taylor Library and EDC
eleni.boro@abdn.ac.uk

 

 

SPEL format change announced

spelThe Scottish Planning and Environmental Law Journal (SPEL) will be available in electronic format only (PDF) from the August 2015 issue onwards.

Discussions are underway to add PDF copies to the University’s digital asset management system, Digitool, but SPEL is also available through Westlaw UK (issue 39, June 1993 onwards).

Read the QR code above to access the journal online through Westlaw UK.

NOTE: this is a Shibboleth authenticated resource so you are required to login using your University computer username and password.

Elaine Shallcross
Information Consultant for Law and Business
e.shallcross@abdn.ac.uk