Launch of legal information skills training programme

The IALS Library is pleased to announce the launch of its programme of legal information skills training for autumn 2016. The training is aimed at those new to law or the English legal system and those who feel that they would benefit from refresher training on core legal research skills. Students, researchers and academics are all very welcome to attend as long as they have a current IALS Library card or SAS card. All sessions will take place in the training room on the 4th Floor of IALS Library, at 17 Russell Square.

For available dates and details of how to book a place, please check the Library’s Training Guide at

Lexis Library and Westlaw Introduction: hands-on session

Lexis Library and Westlaw are essential databases for legal research. At this session you will learn how to:

  • find UK legislation and cases
  • find legal journal articles
  • find foreign / international law
  • search and browse effectively
  • download /export your results

Introduction to EU law databases: hands-on session

This session provides an introduction to using good quality, authoritative databases to find EU law. Learn how to:

  • identify authoritative sources of EU law
  • find EU legislation & cases using EUR-Lex, CURIA and Westlaw
  • search by  title, reference number or subject / keyword
  • find details of the national implementation of Directives
  • find consolidated and unconsolidated versions of EU legislation
  • find journal articles on matters of EU law

Sources of public international law: hands-on session

In this introductory session you will learn how to:

  • find treaties from the UN, Council of Europe and EU
  • access regional, domestic and subject-specific 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

Introduction to OSCOLA

OSCOLA stands for the Oxford Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities. In this session you will learn how to:

  • cite your references using OSCOLA
  • avoid plagiarism
  • cite UK legislation & cases
  • cite foreign legal materials
  • cite books & journal articles
  • cite websites & online material
  • cite international law
  • cite a source that isn't covered by the OSCOLA rules
  • write your bibliography
  • keep your word count down by cross-referencing footnotes

There is no need to book a place on the OSCOLA session, just turn up.