I’M A PART-TIME STUDENT – HOW CAN I GET HELP WITH LEGAL RESEARCH?
Law databases can be accessed via the Library Services Portal. There is also internet-access available at http://www.lawdbs.lawcol.com/login
ATTEND A LEGAL DATABASE ONLINE TRAINING SESSION
Westlaw and Lexis provide online real-time training sessions in the form of dial-in conference calls, which are accessible from any PC and are toll-free.
Visit ELITE > Library Portal > Manchester Library>Training for a list of the sessions on offer.
TAKE ONLINE TRAINING & COMPETENCY CERTIFICATION TESTS
LexisLibrary: LexisLibrary > Help > Tutorials
The LexisLibrary academic trainers run a Law Campus website allowing access to training videos and an online LexisLibrary certification test. Various short modules available – varying from 90 seconds to 10 minutes
Visit www.lnacademy.com click on Public Courses to view a list of LexisLibrary scheduled webex training – Foundation and Advanced training available (requires internet access and phone)
Go to http://lexisweb.co.uk/lawcampus for further help. Submit your research questions via the ‘Ask A Trainer’ link and take the LexisNexis certification test: http://www.lexislibrarycertification.co.uk/
Westlaw: Westlaw > Training Tutorial > Student Training Tutorial
On the Westlaw homepage, click on Training Tutorials to access:
- an hour-long UK Westlaw Student Training Tutorial – there is the option at the end of the tutorial to take their online certification test (passing the test will enable you to download a certificate.)
- Westlaw UK Workouts – Interactive 30-minute WebEx training sessions (hosted by the academic trainers) on different aspects of searching on Westlaw. Sessions are offered at both basic and advanced levels. Click on a link for a schedule of dates & times, click on a session to register for it (requires internet access and
Lawtel: Lawtel > Help > Online Demos
Visit Lawtel > Help > Lessons for Webex training sessions (requires internet access and phone). On the Lawtel homepage, via the Help link, you can:
- access Lawtel Lessons, interactive 30-minute WebEx training sessions (hosted by the academic trainers) on different aspects of searching on Lawtel. Sessions are certified, and are offered at basic and advanced levels. Click on a link to see a schedule of dates and times, click on a session to register for it.
- access online demos – step by step guides to using Lawtel.
Practical Law PLC > Help > PLC Training > Training Materials
The Practical Law Company is a leading legal know-how provider, used by over 80% of the UK’s 500 largest law firms. Its focus is on business and commercial law, but it also covers practice areas such as employment, competition, environmental, intellectual property, EU and property law. On the Library webpage, click on the link to a 40-minute PLC training webinar, designed specifically for University of Law students..
ELITE > Library Portal > Online Tutorials> Practical Law Training webinar
Practical Law Student Associate for Manchester:
Louise Thornsby: email Louise.Thornsby14@law.ac.uk
LOOK FOR GUIDANCE WITHIN THE DATABASES
For LexisLibrary, try the links to Help screens and Search tips screens located throughout the database, as well as the How do I? links to answers to Frequently-asked questions and the Show me how to.. links to a series of 12 10-minute i-learning tutorials found in every section of the database.
For Westlaw, access the general Help pages from the main homepage, or try the links to Help & coverage for the individual sections of the database eg Case law, Legislation.
STUDENT DATABASE REPRESENTATIVES
Student reps are appointed each year by LexisNexis & Westlaw/Lawtel, to provide help on using their databases. The LexisNexis & Weslaw/Lawtel reps hold drop-in advice sessions in the Library throughout the year, but can also be contacted by E-mail or Skype.
Practical Law Student Rep:
Louise Thornsby: email Louise.Thornsby14@law.ac.uk
PICK UP/ DOWNLOAD A STUDENT USER GUIDE
Collect copies of up-to-date user guides for LexisLibrary, Westlaw and Lawtel from the Library. Alternatively, download PDF versions from links which will be posted on the Manchester Library webpages. Lawtel User guides can be downloaded from the database by selecting User guides from the drop-down menu at the Help heading on the homepage.
ATTEND OR DOWNLOAD A LIBRARY WORKSHOP ON LEGAL RESEARCH
The library runs workshops on hard copy and online legal research during the autumn term. Check your E-mails & the Manchester Library blog (via the My Library page on ELITE) for details of dates, times and locations, and information on how to sign up for these sessions. Email the library to request a copy of the online workshop specifically designed for part-time students.
CONSULT THE LIBRARY PORTAL
Try the multi-media i-guides on locating cases, legislation etc. These cover both online and hard copy research.
Click on the links to Research guides – step-by-step guides to conducting legal research, both hard copy and electronic, which can be downloaded and printed off (copies also available in the library)
Click on the link to Legal Research FAQs.
Click on Subject links or Course links to access links to electronic resources listed either by subject or by course. Look at the list of links under the heading Legal Research for freely available legal information gateway sites such as eagle-i, or free to use legal databases such as Cardiff University’s Index to Legal Abbreviations
Consult the Library catalogue for a comprehensive list of all library resources, both hard copy and electronic, at all the centre libraries. Search by keyword, title, author, subject or citation.
BORROW TEXTBOOKS ON LEGAL RESEARCH
These give guidance on hard copy as well as online searching, and can be found in the SKILLS section of the library. Useful titles include:
Effective Legal Research, by Knowles
Learning the law, by Glanville Williams
See also Part II, ‘ Practical Legal Research,’ in the LPC textbook Skills for Lawyers (A. Elkington)
ASK LIBRARY STAFF
Please contact your Librarian (Wed-Friday.) who can provide advice and practical help regarding all aspects of legal research. Please contact us by e-mail, or phone, or call in to the library:
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 01483 216885 (library desk)
Email the library to request a copy of the legal research training video which has been specifically designed for part-time students.