Information skills training summer 2017

IALS Library is pleased to announce its programme of information skills training for summer 2017. The training is available to all postgraduate law students and academic researchers with a current IALS Library card or SAScard.

Westlaw and Lexis Library Introduction: hands-on session (Friday 2nd June, 10:15-12:00)

Westlaw and Lexis Library are the key databases you need to master for effective legal research. At this session you will learn how to:

  • choose your database and log in
  • find UK legislation and cases
  • find legal journal articles
  • find foreign / international law
  • search and browse effectively
  • download your results

Book your place using this booking form.

Introduction to OSCOLA: lecture (Tuesday 13th June, 15:00-16:00)

At this session you will learn how to:

  • cite UK legislation & cases
  • cite foreign legal materials
  • cite books & journal articles
  • cite websites & online material
  • write your bibliography
  • keep your word count down by cross referencing footnotes

Book your place using this booking form.

Sources of public international law: hands-on session (Wednesday 21st June, 10:15-12:00)

In this introductory session you will learn how to:

  • find treaties from the UN, Council of Europe and EU
  • access regional, domestic and subject-specfic treaty collections
  • use a treaty index to find a citation
  • find international law cases from the ICJ, EcHR and criminal courts and tribunals
  • find cases in the International Law Reports series
  • find domestic cases on points of international law

Book your place using this booking form.

Finding legal journal articles for your essay, dissertation or thesis: demonstration (Thursday 29th June, 15:00-16:30)

This session will help you:

  • get the most of the e-resources available at IALS Library
  • identify the most relevant databases for your research topic
  • find relevant journal articles for your research
  • find the full-text of an article if you only have a citation or abstract

To book your place fill out the booking form.

One-to-one advice sessions

One-to-one advice sessions are available in the Library throughout the summer term. Make your appointment by emailing ials@sas.ac.uk or asking at the Issue & Enquiry Desk on the 4th Floor of the Library. You can ask for advice with such tasks as finding relevant materials in the Library on your research topic, identifying good quality journal articles for your dissertation, tracking down citations, citing your references using OSCOLA, and formatting your document using Microsoft Word or Apple software.