To ensure that University of Ulster students have sufficient study spaces and to help maintain a quiet environment at a stressful time, entry to Magee Library will be restricted from Monday 28th April – Friday 23rd May.

You will need your ID card to swipe the sensor on the wall to the right of the revolving door in order to gain entry. If you can’t find your ID card, you need to get a replacement  from Academic Registry (you need it for exams anyway). Ask at the Issue Desk first, as ID cards are sometimes handed in to Lost Property.

If your ID card doesn’t work, reset it at the Security Desk in Block MD (main building). You will probably have to do this if you have not used it to gain access to campus rooms for more than 30 days or are usually at another campus.

Other registered library users, e.g. Step Up, Alumni or Sconul card holders should bring their Library card with them, press the buzzer above the swipe-card sensor and they will be let in by staff. Other members of the public with genuine research queries may also ask for entry at the front door.

We regret that students from secondary or grammar schools are not permitted entry during this restricted period, unless they hold Step Up cards.

We would ask for everyone’s co-operation to maintain a quiet building during the revision period. However, if you are being disturbed by others’ inconsiderate behaviour, please let Library staff know immediately and we will take action.

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Want to get a head start on your 3rd year dissertation? Do you want to find out where you can get ideas for topics, see other theses and dissertations or how to begin researching? Want to avoid panicking in October?

There will be a library session on “Getting Started with your Dissertation” in MM221 in the Library on Thursday 17th April at 9.15am.

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LexisLibrary is not working at the moment (nor is its sister database Nexis UK).

We’ve contacted the company and are awaiting a response.

Depending on what you are using it for, remember that there is often similar coverage in Westlaw. If it’s NI cases you need, try Bailii for recent material or we have the print copies of the NI Law Reports on the Library shelves, if you can bring yourselves to look up the paper versions!

 

*** please contact the library immediately if you experience further problems.

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If anyone is sitting 2013/14 first semester modules as a first sit in May, there is currently no online access to these papers (although previous years will be available on the Exams papers webpage in the usual way).

We may be able to source a copy if you let us know what you need, or your lecturers may also have copies if they set the exam.

Meanwhile here’s the exam paper for Law536 – Human Rights Law (Magee) which someone requested.

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There have been some reports of a problem getting hold of the Cracknell article from Solicitor’s Journal and Hopkin’s article from Cambridge Law Journal.

Solicitor’s Journal is not available off-campus, which is why you can only see the first paragraph if you are trying to access it from home. It’s a restriction of the publisher I’m afraid. You will be able to access the whole thing from a pc on-campus.

Cambridge Law Journal is available from a number of sources, including HeinOnline (which has been really creaky and unreliable off campus this last while). It’s also available via the JISC (Cambridge Archive) for the date you need. Search for Cambridge Law Journal in the Electronic Journals link on the library tab in Portal to get the link to the JISC archive. However, when off-campus, Cambridge University Press needs you to do a little extra to get access.

See http://lgdata.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com/docs/3313/756136/Cambridge_University_Press_Journals.pdf from the Troubleshooting guide for off-campus access, which will show you what you have to do for this publisher.

 

 

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We had a query via the Magee FB page about page refs in cases on LexisLibrary.

It centred on what to do if you aren’t viewing a pdf and can’t see the equivalent to the * ‘star paging’  that Westlaw uses to indicate which on which page the legal point occured.

LexisLibrary provides access (where possible) to the pdf of the law report. If available, the link will be on the right-hand side of the full-text screen. Not all case law series will have pdfs. The official Law Reports series has them for an extensive number of years as does the All England Law Reports, but the NI Law Reports only has them from 2001 onwards.

If no pdf is available, you may see an indication of the page in grey letters, e.g.
pinpoint but this is only available on some cases in the NI Reports.

BAILii transcripts will sometimes have paragraph numbers as an aid but this tends to be only more recent cases. If you cannot find the page or paragraph reference, check the Library catalogue to see if we hold the law report in hard copy on the shelves and take it from the print version.

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We’ve received some queries about an app for OSCOLA to generate references.

If any of you are already using this app, you should be aware that the references generated with it are not 100% correct – the book and journal references for a start. The app contains a place of publication, which OSCOLA doesn’t use and the journal references take no account of the different journals which use square brackets and round brackets.

If you aren’t already using it – don’t waste your time downloading it.

Far better to check the full OSCOLA Guide. Yes, it’s a big document and will cost you around £5.00 to print it off, but you’ll  be referring to it throughout your three years so it’s great value for money in the long run. It contains everything you will need to reference accurately.

See also the Cardiff tutorial https://ilrb.cf.ac.uk/citingreferences/oscola/tutorial/index.html

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We’ve just taken out a subscription to the Westlaw product for the Republic of Ireland – Westlaw.ie

It’s completely separate to Westlaw UK which you have been using up to now and is listed separately on the A-Z List of Databases. Otherwise it works in exactly the same way.

Legislation, cases and journals will be for the Republic of Ireland, so don’t mix them up!

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Just a quick note to say that the Criminal Justice Act 1966 in your reading list, should be listed as the Criminal Justice Act (Northern Ireland) 1966.

As it’s NI legislation before 1991,  it won’t be found in Westlaw (or LexisLibrary). You can get it in hardcopy on the ground floor of the library in the blue binders of The NI Statutes (unrevised) or more usefully, you can find it online in legislation.gov.uk, with links to amending legislation.

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SCL – Society for Computers and Law has introduced guest access for students and academics, authenticated via Athens (choose Ulster from a list of institutions). Guest access gives access to some journal articles, a blog, and podcasts from leading academics and practitioners.

See the link to the SCL from the Library Law guide under the Topic Weblinks for Intellectual Property, Computing and Media Law 

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