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Training at IALS Library: Autumn term

An introduction to research skills training offered by the IALS Library

Training at IALS Library

Autumn term

IALS Library runs a number of free training sessions that all IALS Library academic members (student or teaching staff) are welcome to attend. In autumn 2021, we are running a mix of online and socially distanced face-to-face training sessions.

The autumn training programme is designed to introduce you to the library and its resources and to give you the opportunity to learn about some of the key databases for legal research in the UK. We encourage all new students to attend the Westlaw and Lexis Library sessions, the Introduction to OSCOLA and any others that are relevant to your research.

Anyone who is an IALS Library academic member can take part in the training, regardless of affiliation or level of study. If you have not joined IALS Library yet, you can find out how to register here. All of the training listed on this page is free.

Introduction to IALS Library and its Resources

What does this session cover?

This 30 minute presentation will introduce you to the collections, service and facilities available in the Library. We will also explain how to access online databases for legal research. The talk includes:

  • an overview of the extensive law collections in IALS Library;
  • how to use the Library Catalogue;
  • finding what you need in the Library;
  • how to access the legal research databases (including remote access);
  • where to get help.

Who is it for?

All postgraduate law students and academic researchers with a current IALS Library card or SAScard. Provisional library cards are also acceptable.

Where / when does it take place?

30 September, 15:00-15:30 - webinar

05 October, 15:00-15:30 - webinar

06 October, 11:00-11:30 - webinar

11 October, 15:00-15:30 - webinar

Westlaw and Lexis Library Introductions

What do these sessions cover?

Lexis Library and Westlaw are the key databases you need to master for effective legal research in the UK. We run two introductory online sessions, one covering cases and legislation and the other covering journal articles and foreign & international materials. We highly recommend attending both of the sessions as you are very likely to need to be able to locate all of these materials during the course of your study or research. Alternatively, we are running some face-to-face training sessions in our library training room, which combine the content from both of the online sessions into a single "hands-on" class.

At these introductory sessions you will learn how to:

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

Who is it for?

All postgraduate law students and academic researchers with a current IALS Library card or SAScard. Provisional library cards are also acceptable.

Where / when does it take place?

Cases and Legislation (60 minutes)

04 October, 15:00-16:00 - webinar

12 October, 11:00-12:00 - webinar

18 October, 11:00-12:00 - webinar

27 October, 15:00-16:00 - webinar BOOK

Journal articles and Foreign & international materials (60 minutes)

05 October, 11:00-12:00 - webinar

13 October, 15:00-16:00 - webinar

19 October, 15:00-16:00 - webinar

28 October, 15:00-16:00 - webinar BOOK

Hand-on sessions (90 minutes)

The hands-on sessions combine everything that is covered in the above two webinars into a single practical session held in the IALS Library Computer & Training Room. Each attendee will have use of a PC and will be given the opportunity to put into practice what they have learnt with practical exercises.

01 November, 15:00-16:30 - in-person, IALS Library Computer & Training Room BOOK

03 November, 18:00-19:30 - in-person, IALS Library Computer & Training Room BOOK

11 November, 15:00-16:30 - in-person, IALS Library Computer & Training Room BOOK

16 November, 15:00-16:30 - in-person, IALS Library Computer & Training Room BOOK

Introduction to OSCOLA

What does this session cover?

OSCOLA stands for the Oxford Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities. At this session you will learn the basics of citing your references usingOSCOLA. This includes how to:

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

Who is it for?

All postgraduate law students and academic researchers with a current IALS Library card or SAScard who need to use OSCOLA to cite their work. Provisional library cards are also acceptable.

Where / when does it take place?

02 November, 11:00-12:00 - webinar BOOK

08 November, 15:00-16:00 - webinar BOOK

18 November, 15:00-16:00 - webinar BOOK

For more help with OSCOLA see our

Finding Sources of Public International Law

What does this session cover?

This session will prepare you for researching public international law documentation. At this session we will explain how to:

  • use the UN Treaty Collection;
  • access regional and national treaty collections, print and online;
  • use a treaty index;
  • find decisions from the ICJ, ECHR and other international courts using online and print resources;
  • find cases in the International Law Reports series and the ORIL database.

Who is it for?

All postgraduate law students and academic researchers with a current IALS Library card or SAScard. Provisional library cards are also acceptable.

Where / when does it take place?

25 October, 15:00-16:00 - webinar

04 November, 15:00-16:00 - webinar BOOK

Finding Legal Journal Articles for your Essay, Dissertation or Thesis

What does this session cover?

In this introductory session you will learn how to use legal databases to find legal journal articles. The session will help you to:

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

Who is it for?

All postgraduate law students and academic researchers with a current IALS Library card or SAScard. Provisional library cards are also acceptable.

Where / when does it take place?

14 October, 15:00-16:00 - webinar

20 October, 11:00-12:00 - webinar

26 October, 15:00-16:00 - webinar BOOK

02 November, 15:00-16:00 - in-person, IALS Library Computer & Training Room BOOK

09 November, 11:00-12:00 - in-person, IALS Library Computer & Training Room BOOK

10 November, 18:00-19:00 - in-person, IALS Library Computer & Training Room BOOK

For more help with Finding legal journal articles, see our finding legal journal articles tutorials