January 04, 2018

Online guides to Lexis Library and Westlaw, and certification help

Writing about web page http://help.lexisnexis.co.uk/training-and-support/products/lexis-library

The LexisNexis company has provided a set of guides to help you to use Lexis Library - they include videos which will help you to obtain a basic or advanced certificate if you missed a training session. If you need help with Westlaw, log on to the database and select Training Tutorial, to access WestlawUK Student Training, videos and more. You can also gain a certificate in Westlaw with online guidance.

There are short guides to explain how to find case law, legislation and journals in both Lexis and Westlaw in the Library tutorial "Doing Legal Research" - you can access this via the Library website and the links to Subject Support, and Law. You can contact Ifeoma Nwakalor and Cldie Allott for help with using Lexis and Westlaw respectively, or gaining certification, via that web page also.

March 20, 2017

Database access and security warnings

Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/library

Many databases and other electronic resources use a secure http URL and when you log on you may see a severe warning saying that it is unsafe to proceed. If you access any electronic resource provided by our Library, it will be perfectly safe and secure… Always access them from the Library home page, either from the Databases link, or through Encore.

If you use Chrome, click “Advanced” in the window which opens, then click the link below that headed “Proceed… (unsafe)”.

If you use IE, click “Continue to this website (not recommended)”.

This issue is affecting other universities; my colleagues are working to resolve the problems, but we do not know how long that may take. If you find that you cannot access a database, please contact Library@Warwick.ac.uk and our technical staff will help you.

Another tip for certain electronic access problems is to delete your browsing history if you are denied access, then try again.

February 10, 2017

How to access Lexis PSL – and why…

Writing about web page http://webcat.warwick.ac.uk/record=e1000553~S1

Lexis PSL is a database used by legal practitioners and students, providing practice notes, precedents, links to practitioner sources, current awareness and more. It covers the main topics in English law. You may find it useful for your research, and also when preparing for an interview or placement.

Normally you can access PSL after you log on to Lexis Library, by clicking the chevron at the top left of the Lexis Library home page and using the Services menu. Currently there are some technical issues affecting our access, but there is an alternative route. From the Library home page, select Databases, but instead of accessing Lexis Library directly, click the database name to see information about the database. Take the alternative link to Lexis PSL, select “Academic sign-in”, “View all institutions”, then select University of Warwick and log on.

January 31, 2017

Catalogue links to Westlaw US journals restored

Thomson Reuters Westlaw, the new platform containing the World Journals and US legal material, cannot provide links to specific US or Canadian Law journals via the Library catalogue, so Library staff have created a work-around! If you search for a US journal such as the Harvard Law Review, just click the link labelled “WestlawNext” and you will find a link to WestlawUK and notes to explain how to find the World Journals. You can search for a specific article, or you can select a country e.g. United States, and search in the content by keyword.

There is no change to WestlawUK, which functions as usual! If you have any problems with accessing a particular Westlaw journal through the Library catalogue, please contact Helen Riley for help – Helen.Riley@Warwick.ac.uk

March 17, 2016

UN iLibrary

Writing about web page http://www.un-ilibrary.org/

The United Nations iLibrary is the first comprehensive global search, discovery, and viewing source for digital content created by the United Nations. You can use it to access UN publications, journals, data, and series published by the United Nations Secretariat, and its funds and programs. You can download the publications in pdf format. The United Nations publishes reports and data on a really wide range of topics, so this is worth a look! It is currently being flagged up by OECD iLibrary, and it appears to be freely available, although I cannot find a link to it from the UN website.

Lexis simple search

Last year Lexis Library was updated and you can now do a simple search in the Google-style search box on the Lexis home page. You can filter it to look for particular types of material, but the usual connectors do not work, so you may retrieve a lot of results. You can narrow your search further but your results will be more relevant if you use the separate search forms for case law, legislation, journal articles and so on.

If you have not used Lexis Library much or at all, now is a good time to start! It contains material not available in any other database.

January 08, 2016

FIND–eR – new European Commission Library catalogue

Writing about web page http://ec-europa-finder.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo_library/libweb/action/search.do?vid=32EUC_V1

The Library of the European Commission is using a new online catalogue called FIND-eR. This will replace ECLAS which you may have used to find official and unofficial sources on EU topics. We cannot access links to the e-books or e-journals available to staff of the European Commission, but searching FIND-eR will provide details of publications which we can follow up by using our Library catalogue, Encore. Any OECD reports may be accessed at Warwick by searching OECD i-Library. There are direct links to any material which is freely available online. This may seem to be a roundabout way to find material about the EU, but it may be quicker than searching Europa!

January 04, 2016

New look for Westlaw International

Writing about web page http://legalsolutions.thomsonreuters.com/law-products/Custom-Search-Categories/CustomSearchCategories/Getting-Started-on-WestlawNext/c/60101

Westlaw International has been re-launched as Thomson Reuters Westlaw, providing legal material from the USA and selected other jurisdictions. You will find this material if you log on to WestlawUK from the Library website in the usual way, select "Services" at the top of the screen, then select "International materials". This opens a separate version of Westlaw, primarily intended for users in the USA. It is really useful if you are seeking US cases or statutes, including the US Code Annotated; you can also search for law journals mainly published in the USA. Westlaw has provided guides to explain the new version, which should prove to be easier to use than the old Westlaw International. Note especially the "Getting Started" guide, but Warwick users can ignore the notes on signing on to the database, which do not apply to us.

Guides to Westlaw International will appear in the Library's law tutorial "Doing legal research" - in the meantime, please contact Helen Riley any time for help.

June 09, 2015

Privy Council case papers to be digitised

Writing about web page http://ials.sas.ac.uk/library/libnews/docs/Jun_15.pdf

The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies has announced that they have received funding to digitise case papers relating to decisions of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. They maintain a set of these papers from 1945 onwards, plus some earlier papers of interest to researchers. The papers will be made available on BAILII, the website of the British and Irish Legal Information Institute - some material is accessible online already.

February 19, 2015

Online help to use Lexis Library – LexisNexis Academy

Writing about web page http://www.lnacademy.com/resources.aspx

Have a look at the website of the LexisNexis Academy if you would like to make the most of Lexis Library. This website provides a wide range of video guides on how to find specific legal material in Lexis, plus links to FAQs, "Ask a trainer"and much more!

Don't forget that you can also contact our Lexis Student Associate, Anum Cheema, or attend her drop-ins for help in person, A.A.Cheema@Warwick.ac.uk and you are also welcome to contact me any time for guidance on the Library's full range of Law resources, Helen.Riley@Warwick.ac.uk

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