Planned refurbishment works at Magee Library will commence on 17/1/15 with completion by 20/2/15.  Specifically, internal glazing across the 1st and 2nd floor at the entrance is being replaced. 

 As a result of the works, the front entrance and disabled parking bays to this block will be closed to all staff, students and the public through-out this period.  Access in and out of the library will be via the rear entrance and directional signage will be erected on site to indicate this temporary arrangement. 

Library resources and study spaces will continue to be available.  However, there will be no access to the electronic classroom during the refurbishment works.

 

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For revised details of the extended opening hours after Christmas, see: http://library.ulster.ac.uk/info/hour.php#tab3

 

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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 5th January 2015 – 16th January 2015.

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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BIALL – The British and Irish Association of Law Librarians   has a really interesting piece in their most recent blog

It’s by Daniel Hoadley from the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting (publishers of The Law Reports) and it’s a useful reminder that while the various databases are crucial tools in legal research, we cannot rely 100% on them –  especially in relation to case law and whether cases are still “good law”.

Take a look:

http://biall.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/good-law.html

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This week is e-books week at Ulster Library ebook2

We’ll be promoting our e-book collection (currently 700,000 items and growing!) to students and staff over the next seven days.

Keep an eye open for our daily Twitter posts.

There’ll be information, tips and examples of the range of e-books for each of our faculties, highlighting the benefits of having 24/7 access to a world of information – on and off campus.

Staff are there to help with e-books at all times we are open. Just ask!

follow_us_twitter2 ulster Not yet following us? Why not join the conversation?

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At the moment, we get Valentine in a CD format which can’t leave the library and isn’t available online. The format is being discontinued.

We have the opportunity to try out the Valentine All Law package online via the Commentary Sources of Lexis Library. The trial will run from today of the above until December 19.

Valentine’s All the Law of Northern Ireland covers the whole spectrum of Northern Irish law.

“It is a collection of the complete text, up-to-date and as applying to Northern Ireland, of Acts, Orders, Rules and regulations relating to law, procedure and evidence, and a note of all Northern Ireland case law, relevant Irish case law. Most English case law is deliberately omitted, however, a few English cases are included if they are of fundamental importance, of particular importance in NI, or differ from NI case law.”

Access to the content:

  1. Log into the portal (wait for the drop down Athens message)and then select the library tab
  2. Go to Library Databases A to Z and select L – Lexis Library
  3. Click on Sources – V – Valentine: All laws of Northern Ireland and either browse or Search

It would be great if we could get some feedback about its usefulness, ease of use, etc. This will help determine whether or not we buy the Valentine package on Lexis. It’s likely to be more expensive than the CD version, so there are no guarantees.

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Anyone trying to find the case of  V and T v United Kingdom (2000) 33 EHRR 121 which is part of your week 5 reading probably can’t locate it with the citation provided in your module handbook.

The correct citation is (2000) 30 EHRR 121, and you can find it Westlaw. The original and separate cases of V and T are available via BAILii.org as V. v. The United Kingdom (Application No. 24888/94) and T v. The United Kingdom (Application No. 24724/94.

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The Guardian newspaper has produced a short series of guides on planning and writing your dissertation.

They’ve also got a short piece on 10 Things I wish I’d known before starting my dissertation.

We hope you find them useful. Please contact your library law team if you need any assistance with your undergrad dissertation – we’ll be happy to help.

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Trainees in the Graduate School of Professional Legal Education and potential applicants to it or the Institute, may perhaps find some useful hints this Guardian piece

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Usearch small In case you haven’t seen it, USearch is a new tool which  allows  you to search across multiple databases at the  same time to find journal articles. We’ll be adding the  Library Catalogue records for books and e-books soon.

For Law students, it’s  one of those Good News/Bad News situations.

The Good News is that it searches HeinOnline and also contains a good range of the top academic legal journals, such as Law Quarterly Review, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Modern Law Review, Cambridge Law Journal, Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly and Statute Law Review, among others.

It does NOT have Public Law.

The Bad News is that it is NOT a substitute for searching Westlaw or LexisLibrary.

USearch doesn’t contain any cases or legislation and Westlaw has far better coverage of legal journals – including all the top academic titles. So you’ll have to carry on searching those sources as well as giving USearch a try.

Let us know what you think!

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