User guides for Halbury’s Laws and Statutes


I have printed out and placed some instructions on the desk next to the Halsbury’s Laws and Statutes. You may also want to click on the links below for further information about how to use them:

Halsbury’s Laws helpsheet

Halsbury’s Statutes helpsheet

I can also show you how to use print resources, so feel free to pop the helpdesk if you have any difficulties.




Library information for new and returning students


Welcome back to returning students and our new cohorts. I am Terry, the Librarian here at the Manchester Centre. I have attached a Library guide to this email that tells you about borrowing rights etc. There are some links below that may prove useful. I will be based in the group area at the back of the Library between 12-1 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for at least the first term, so you can drop in for database sessions or to ask general questions.

My working hours are 9-5, Library Assistants work in the evening and weekends so we try to maintain a helpdesk presence for as long as possible. Out of hour queries can be directed to me via this address or Database sessions from external providers will also be scheduled, so keep a look out for emails about these sessions. You can also check out the Manchester Library website, which I will update with the information contained in this email.

I am happy to run Library sessions during the evenings and weekends. Please give me notice if you want me to come in out of hours and I will be happy to do so. If you need to cancel, please let me know in advance. Once a session is over I will email you the materials I used as well as some sample searches that you can use yourselves to get to grips with the databases. Sessions can be tailored to what you are studying, so if you want to look at a certain area of law, database or what to find out how to find precedents and drafting notes then drop me a line and I can create a session for you.

If you have any queries or questions, please respond to this email or come and see me.


Library website (Library FAQs and other resources are on this page)

Print  service information (You are given £15 by the UoL, the equivalent of 500 mono single A4 pages)

OSCOLA Quick Guide

Citing references: Law Resources

Lexis and Westlaw, a quick guide

Further news and information will be added to the Library Website, so feel free to bookmark the site for future reference.



Library Assistant part-time vacancies


We have vacancies for two part-time student Library Assistants in the Library for 2016/17 

Working in the Library will give you opportunities to enhance your legal research and customer care skills, which could improve your CV!

Hours are 11 hours per week working on a three week rota as part of a team covering evenings and weekends

Pay is £7.85 per hour

How to apply: 

Please email your CV and a covering letter to Terry Dooley at

Closing date: 8/7/2016

Interview date: 27/7/2016

Proposed start date:  5/9/2016

If you need any further information,

please speak to Terry

 Job description and Person Specification:

JD and spec for LA role


OSCOLA Referencing


As you are aware, you need to use OSCOLA for referencing. There is a link to the guide on the Library’s main page. You may also find this quick reference guide useful. There is also a full guide for doing interviews, blogs etc.

Consistency is key when it comes to referencing, so please use the links above to make sure you have templates to hand.

Some things are not quite as obvious, for example Practice Notes on PLC, so if you need to reference one of those we advise you use the online journal format, i.e.:

Practical Law Company, ‘Practice Note: Additional claims and counterclaims under CPR 20’ <URL> accessed 1 June 2016.

However, you may be best served by using the Note for information then sourcing the primary resources mentioned within it. The same can apply to Halsbury’s.

Bear in mind that on some databases the URL to an article may be temporary, so it is always good practice to check the page in question for a stable URL. This is why it is always good to check the currency of the URL if, say, you have not used the site for a while and to always include a recent access date.

Here are some other useful links:

Citing International Law sources

OSCOLA main page

Citing the Law guide

If in doubt, feel free to come to the helpdesk or drop me a line. However, please bear in mind that I cannot check your references for consistency of look over your essays or pieces of work.



Checking print balances


You are given a print credit allowance at the start of the year, top-ups are available via Paypal or at the Library window.

If you wish to check your balance, please Click Here and log in with your 6 figure student reference number and password.

Please note that this resource can only be accessed from within the university network.
If you get the following message: ‘There is a problem with this website’s security certificate’ …please ignore it and click on: Continue to this website.

If you have any problems with printing, please contact the IT Service Desk via e-mail on or by telephone on 01483 216 666.



Student printing information


At the start of the year, £80 credit is loaded on all University of Law student cards to enable you to print and photocopy from within the Library.

Details of charges are shown below:

Black and White
A4 (single sided) –  £0.04
A4 (double sided) – £0.07
A3 (double sided) – £0.17
A3 (single sided) – £0.08

A4 (single sided) – £0.14
A3 (single sided) – £0.28

We have reached the point in the year when credit begins to run out, but extra credit for printing can be purchased online using PayPal or you can make a payment at the Library window (£6 minimum spend and card payments only).

Don’t forget, you can find out all you need to know about printing and your print account by going to the Student printing page.