Research sessions this Thursday

On Thursday I’m going to be doing some more voluntary workshops in the library.

Here are the times:

10am Paper-based research

11.30 Electronic databases

1.30 Paper-based research

I’m sorry that because of your timetables it’s difficult to find times that suit everyone! If you can’t make these sessions, e-mail me and let me know when you are free- please make the free times you suggest as wide as possible so I can fit possible timings in.

You can also try the i-guides and research guides, and of course you can stop me when I’m in and e-mail or phone me when I’m not.

The sessions take about an hour, but you’re free to leave before the end. If you’d like to come, sign up sheets will be appearing shortly at the library counter.

There’ll be more sessions after consolidation week.

Best wishes


Legal Research: what we can (and can’t!) do in the library

This message is for full time LPC students only.

Today, you are being given your LegalResearch assignments for you to carry out over the next few weeks. During this time, because it is important that you carry out the research yourself, library staff are more limited than usual in the help we can give you.

Here’s the help we can give: We can show you where paper resources are on the shelves, and if they’re not there we will help you find them. We’ll also show you how the paper resources work (for example how to use their indexes and updating facilities). We’ll help you access online databases and show you how to navigate your way through them. If a database is not accessible, we’ll report it to IT for you.

It’s difficult to list comprehensively everything we CAN’T help you with, but the most important things are: we cannot answer any question which relates directly to the contents of your assignment, and we cannot help you to look research specific items, either online or paper-based. We can’t suggest search strategies or recommend particular sources to you. One particular point which often comes up: we aren’t allowed to tell you if your search is complete and you’ve done enough. One of the most important research skills is being able to decide this for yourself!

I can of course suggest a few other things to help you out: do go back and read your Research Guides which give you first rate advice on research strategies and guidance on using sources. If you’ve mislaid your copy, or think you may never have received one, ask in the library for another. Don’t forget to check the i-guides: these short animations are excellent. And I’ll still be holding workshops in the coming weeks, which you’re welcome to attend- you’ll understand that I can only answer questions if they’re not too specific!

I’d like to wish you the very best of success with your research assignment!


PS GDL students: the above does NOT apply to you; you can still ask us any questions you like.

Legal research questions

In the coming weeks I will be organising legal research workshops in the library- details will appear on this blog, so please keep reading. In the meantime, here are some hints for how to find out more about doing legal research:

1 I-guides. Take a look at the i-guides on the My Library page of ELITE. They are short animations showing you how to get the best out of your legal research. They have received some very good reviews,  so they might be just what you’re looking for!

2 The Research guide. This College-produced book tells you all about research strategies, and has a section on EVERY resource, printed and electronic, that you’re ever likely to use. If you haven’t yet received your free copy, please pick one up from the library counter. It’s also available online on the My Library page of ELITE.

If you’ve tried both these aids and still have questions: please ask the Information Officer! I am in on Monday and Thursday next week (week commencing 5th October) and I am always happy to answer any of your questions- please do ask. Next week, on the days when I’m not around, there’ll be a qualified College of Law librarian at the desk, who will also help.

Good luck with  your research!


Copyright issues

Dear all

I have been asked to publish the following statement on the blog by the College officer responsible for copyright issues:

Under our terms of agreement with the publishers, all registered students and staff are entitled to use the legal databases for research directly connected to College courses. They should not be used for commercial research. If you work part-time, please don’t be tempted to use them on behalf of your workplace.

This term, students have already asked me about getting information from the databases for friends who have now started their training contracts. Please be aware that this is also an infringement of copyright and if you receive requests of this kind I’d very strongly advise you to refuse.


Library voluntary sessions

This blog message is for full time LPC students:

Would you appreciate a chance to have a session with the Information Officer on how to do legal research?

Next Tuesday, I’ll be in the library at 10 am and again at 12 noon to do an hour long workshop on how to do research using books. On Thursday, I’ll do the sessions at the same times on how to research the electronic databases.

If you’d like to come to either or both sessions, please call into the library and put your name on the sign up sheets on the counter. If you can spare the time, I think you might find it useful.


PS If you were a GDL student at the College last year, you may remember the voluntary workshops were called drop-in sessions.

PPS Part time students are welcome to come if they’re free on those days. If not, I’ll be doing sessions later in the term that you can come to.

Research guides

The research guide is a College-produced booklet. It gives you advice on the best research strategies and a step-by-step guide to using all the resources, both written and online. You are all entitled to a free copy of the guide.

Part-time day and weekend students: you should have already received your copy during the library induction session.

Full-time students: please claim your copy from the library counter.

You can also view the research guide online via ELITE.


Weekend opening hours

The opening hours of the library this weekend are 9am to 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday. The longer opening hours are for the weekend students, who are in this weekend, but of course all College students are welcome to take advantage of the longer opening hours.

Whether you are in the library this weekend or not, I hope you have an enjoyable and useful weekend.


Your laptop and printing

Here is some more information about using your laptop in College.

Unfortunately, you cannot print from a laptop directly to the College printer system. I’d suggest the simplest solution to the problem is as follows:

Save the material you want to print to your personal H: drive on the College system. You can then quickly log in to any College PC, locate your data on the H: drive and print it out.

If you’re not sure where to locate your H: drive or how to use it, just ask me!