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Training at IALS Library  

An introduction to research skills training offered by the IALS Library
Last Updated: Dec 18, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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About this guide

IALS Library runs a wide range of training for its many registered readers, new and continuing. New students should always refer to their course handbook and induction plans for details of any training IALS Library will be providing you with.

This guide provides details of the training sessions that any postgraduate researcher, visiting fellow or member of teaching staff with a current Library card or SAScard may attend, regardless of level, background or affiliation.


Training programme for 2017/2018

The library team at IALS offer a wide range of training sessions for researchers through-out the academic year. A brief overview of the training programme for 2017/18 is outlined below.

Use the tabs along the top of the page to see more detailed information about each of the sessions.

Autumn term

  • Library inductions & tours
  • Introduction to the Library and its resources (lecture)
  • Introduction to Westlaw and Lexis Library (hands-on session)
  • Introduction to OSCOLA

Spring term

  • Refresher training: Introduction to Westlaw and Lexis Library, EU law databases, Sources of public international law, OSCOLA
  • One-to-one sessions: reference advice
  • One-to-one sessions: formatting your document using Microsoft Word

Summer term

  • Microsoft Word for dissertation (hands-on session)
  • Introduction to OSCOLA
  • Finding legal journal articles for your essay, dissertation or thesis
  • Introduction to Westlaw and Lexis Library (hands-on session)
  • One-to-one sessions: reference advice
  • One-to-one sessions: formatting your document using Microsoft Word

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Running late for a session?

Spaces for our training sessions are always in high demand. If you are running late please get in touch with us on 020 7862 5790 to let us know. If you don't turn up on time we will assume you aren't coming and may offer your space to another student.


Arriving in London late?

It is strongly recommended that you attend the training sessions in the Autumn term, especially if you are new to the library, to law or to using legal databases. If you can't make the training due to late arrival in London, please get in touch and we can give you a brief run through of what you need to know to use the library effectively.

In the Spring term we offer training for those who missed out in the Autumn. In addition, one-to-one training sessions are available in the Spring and Summer terms. If in doubt, just ask!


Library tours

If possible, we would strongly encourage you to attend one of the organised library tours in the Autumn term. However if you are arriving late, or are making a trip to use the IALS Library at another time of year, then please get in touch so that we can arrange to provide you with a tour of the library. Visiting fellows, researchers, PhD students and law librarians from across the UK and overseas are more than welcome to come on a tour. Don't hesitate to get in touch.

Another alternative is to view our online library tour by clicking here.


Library guide for new students

New students may find it helpful to refer to our online guide Info for new students.


About the author

This guide was updated by Lisa Davies, Access Librarian at the IALS Library.

Click here for Lisa's full profile and contact details.


Your comments

We'd love to hear your comments about our training programme. Leave a comment here or drop us an email.

Any questions?

Reference Desk hours:

Monday-Friday 9:30-17:00
Tel (0)20 7862 5790


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