Welcome all new and returning students

By | 12 October 2012

Welcome to all new Oxford students and those returning to the start of another academic year.  There has been plenty of activity over the summer, below are some of  the highlights.

Moys update: British Isles K-KN
We have now completed the reclassification of the Cw UK book collection.  The books previously held in Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man have been integrated into one run with the English law and UK law books. The benefit of this is that you can browse our former Cw UK book collection by subject.  Please be aware that the English law books are located at the beginning of each subject, followed by books from other jurisdictions.

Update on e-resources


Westlaw no longer has the full text of 18  Oxford University Press Journals such as Oxford Journal of Legal Studies or Medical Law Review.  We should have access to these on other databases and so check either SOLO or Oxford e-journals to find out how to access these titles.

Westlaw have set up a new webpage outlining support and training  called Law Student, it can be    accessed at http://uklawstudent.thomsonreuters.com.

Lexis Library

Lexis Library has now ‘turned off’ the classic results page.  From spring 2012 the new results page has been available to those wishing to get used to the improved layout via a link on the screen but this is now the only option.  If you want any guidance on the new look then you can come to the database session on the afternoon of the 16th October or email Kate Jackson.

New e-resources

The most notable addition over the summer has been LLMC Digital  which has extensive full text coverage of materials divided up by collection. Whilst there is a lot of US coverage, other jurisdictions are quite well represented . It is worth exploring the contents and familiarising yourself with the slightly clunky search method – this collection is made up of digitised versions of the LLMC microfiche collection, which runs to millions of pages, fully searchable and represented in original format.

We are also in the process of setting up an extended free trial to a specialist IP database called DARTS IP.  If you are researching IP law and would like access to the database please contact the Law Library.

Recent additions to the LawBod’s electronic resources for students of foreign law are:
De Jure with Italian cases and journals,
Lextenso for French journals and legislation,
and Funmi Quadri Online for Nigerian Supreme Court reports (2000 onwards).
All three require the use of a special password even when on the OU network, as we have limited concurrent user subscriptions to them. To find out what the relevant username and passwords are, please sign in to the special Weblearn site. And please remember to log out when you have finished your session for the sake of anyone else needing access.

Classes for the term

Don’t forget that we run a number of classes and database sessions throughout the term, details can be found on our classes webpage.  If you don’t see what you need listed then you can always use our Book a Librarian service for a more tailored session.

Need research help but can’t make it to the classes?  We have a number of Research Guides to help get you started.

And last but definitely not least  introducing our 2 new trainees …

Francesca Marsden

‘Hello! My name is Francesca, and I am one of the two Graduate Library Trainees at the Law Library this year. I graduated from the University of Hull in 2009 and completed a Masters at the University of Reading in 2010. I worked for a couple of years before deciding that working in the Library and Information profession was something that I definitely wanted to pursue. My role at the Law Library is in Academic Services, where I undertake various tasks, including taking care of the Bodley box deliveries, answering document delivery requests and shelving new books. I also work on the Reserve Desk, supplying readers with reading list texts and helping with enquiries. Last week I led several undergraduate tours. I am thoroughly enjoying my time here so far, and look forward to working at the Law Library and learning more about the Library profession throughout the year ahead.’

Katherine Steiner

Hi, I’m Kat, the Information Resources trainee at the Law Bod. You’ll probably see me at the Reserve desk this year, attempting to remember where everything is. I’ve just finished a degree in maths and philosophy at Queen’s College, so I know my way around Oxford and the Bodleian fairly well, but law is a completely new subject! So if you have any problems, and you spot me, don’t hesitate to ask – I understand how tricky it is to find your way around at first.

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