By Katie Carter
Happy holidays! If you’ve left Oxford for the vacation, you can still access many of our resources, including databases, e-journals, e-books and past exam papers through SOLO and/or Oxlip+. If you get stuck during the day you can ask SOLO Live Help for, well, help. Otherwise, email us at any time on firstname.lastname@example.org (though if you email at 3am we may not get back to you for several hours…).
All our databases – Westlaw, LexisLibrary, HeinOnline, Justcite, [your favourite database here] – are accessible wherever you have an internet connection. To access them, log in to Oxlip+ or SOLO, and search for the database of your choice. A few databases do have slightly different requirements; if you’re not sure what they are take a look at our Legal databases page.
A number of databases have really good journal collections, including HeinOnline, Westlaw and LexisLibrary. It’s easier to search in OU e-journals for your articles than try to remember which journal is where though! Just remember to search for the journal title, rather than the article title. If your preferred search method is Google, you may find that there are some things you can’t access outside Oxford which you could while you were here. To fix this in your settings, check our handy guide to Google Scholar, here. And finally, don’t forget LawBod4Students, for articles not online anywhere else.
“Articles are all very well but I need more!” And handily, we have a growing collection of books online for you. Sadly, not all of these are visible on SOLO, and you really need to know that Benjamin’s Sale of Goods, Chitty on Contract, Dicey & Morris Conflict of Laws, Goff & Jones Unjust Enrichment, the White Book and many more are on Westlaw under the Books tab. You’ll also find some titles in HeinOnline and LexisLibrary, but anywhere you see ‘Find Online’ in SOLO you should be able to access the e-book. As above, you’ll need to log in to SOLO with your Single Sign On details if you’re not in Oxford.
Okay, so exam papers are actually a bit of an exception, since you’ll find these through Weblearn at https://weblearn.ox.ac.uk/portal/hierarchy/oxam, but you’ll still need your SSO.
Lots! Take a look at our libguides to find details of more specific resources.
Finally, if you are in Oxford over the vacation, we’re still here! Vacation opening hours start from Monday 17th March: Mon-Fri 9.00-19.00, Sat 10.00-16.00, Sun closed. See you soon!