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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One of the articles in the recommended reading items is no longer available via the reading list.

Perry, M. (April 28, 2011). What is a “human right”? Emory Public law research paper no. 11-150; San Diego legal studies paper no. 11-055

It’s now a chapter in a new book by Perry called ‘Human rights and the Constitutional law  of the United States’ so it looks as though the publishers asked for its removal from SSRN.

The book is now in stock in Magee Library at  KM222.P47.

 

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Returning students should note that the library opening hours have changed slightly.

The Libraries on all campuses will now close at 9.00pm, Mon – Thurs in term time and at 8.00pm on Fridays (6.00pm on the Belfast campus).

We will continue to open 1.00pm – 5.00pm on Saturday and Sunday, with extended opening closer to examination periods.

24hr access PC labs will be available on all campuses

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Don’t forget your module reading list may be available online. Online lists will give you links to the Library Catalogue for books and ebooks, and will link to journal articles and web sites your lecturers recommend.

Look for links to your Module Reading Lists in Blackboard or search for it now in our Module Reading List catalogue using the Module Code (eg LAW116)

 

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Welcome

September 15, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Welcome to all out new law students starting this week.  We’re really looking forward to meeting you all at your library induction sessions.  Niall, Joanne, Janice and Jane, the Law Library team.

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New books

August 1, 2014 | Leave a Comment

We’re getting new editions and books in throughout the summer. Here are the latest titles.

Kelly – A guide to Early Irish Law

Poole – Textbook on Contract Law 12th ed 2014

Hudson – Equity & Trusts 8th edition 2014

Murray – Information Technology Law 2013

Jacobs, White and Ovey : the European Convention on Human Rights 2014

Giliker – Tort 5th ed 2014

Chalmers – European Union Law  3rd edition 2014

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