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Training at IALS Library: Autumn term

An introduction to research skills training offered by the IALS Library

About Autumn training

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 2020, all training sessions will be held online. See our online training faq for more details.

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. 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.

Introduction to the 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 introduction to the extensive law collections in the 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 and further legal research training

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?

All Autumn 2020 sessions have taken place.

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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?

In Autumn 2020 all sessions will take place online.

Monday 12 October, 11:00-12:00

Wednesday 21 October, 15:00-16:00

Monday 26 October, 15:00-16:00 Book a place

Thursday 12 November, 11:00-12:00 Book a place

 

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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 sessions, one covering Cases and Legislation and the other covering Jouranl Articles and Foreign & International mateials. We highly reccommend 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.

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?

In Autumn 2020 all sessions will take place online.

Cases and Legislation

Monday 05 October, 15:00-16:00

Wednesday 14 Ocotber, 11:00-12:00

Thursday 22 October, 15:00-16:00

Tuesday 27 Ocotber, 11:00-12:00 Book a place

Thursday 05 November, 15:00-16:00 Book a place

Journal articles and Foreign & international materials

Tuesday 06 October, 11:00-12:00

Thursday 15 October, 15:00-16:00

Monday 19 October, 15:00-16:00

Wednesday 28 October, 11:00-12:00 Book a place

Tuesday 03 November, 15:00-16:00 Book a place

 

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Sources of Public International Law

What does this session cover?

In this introductory session you will learn 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?

In Autumn 2020 all sessions will take place online.

Thursday 29 October, 11:00-12:00 Book a place

Monday 09 November, 11:00-12:00 Book a place

 

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Introduction to OSCOLA

What does this session cover?

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
  • 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?

In Autumn 2020 all sessions will take place online.

Thursday 08 October, 11:00-12:00

Tuesday 20 Ocotber, 15:00-16:00

Monday 02 November, 11:00-12:00 Book a place

 

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