Cutting the chase for US primary sources

By | 16 November 2012

Although US primary sources are available via both our Westlaw and LexisLibrary subscriptions I think I am not alone in finding it a bit of a bother having to navigate my way to, and then through them successfully. Some of my attitude is  undoubtedly a combination of laziness and lack of practice: one day I (re)discover the way through …. 4 and 3 quarter months later I can remember that I got there in the end, but not exactly how!
In order to help OU members who share my predicament, the Law Bod now has a subscription to Fastcase  a database and a portal designed for busy practitioners.  

Provided you are on the OU network, it won’t require a username and password. If want access off campus log in to OxLIP+ with your Oxford Single Sign on username and password first.

A wizzy feature of the citation search on the Advanced Caselaw Search screen is the fact that you can put in multiple citations (to different cases) and – provided they are separated one from the other by commas – you will get all the case reports returned after just one click!

For anyone at Oxford in need of help with US legal resources there will be a Law Library class 10-11.30 on 27th November in the Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer IT Room on the Lower Floor of the Library. It is a longer than usual session as it deals with both the printed sources available in the Law Bod (we are particularly strong on Federal material) and then with online tools.

Booking is via a Weblearn site – but these classes are generally not full so if you are in the area at the right time it would be worth just dropping in.

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