Monday, 16 January 2017

UK Bills on Westlaw

The Bills service on Westlaw UK has recently been improved. If you're interested in a piece of legislation currently going through Parliament then you may find the Bills Service of interest.
It contains information on Bills from the current session as well as for 2015-16 and can be found via the Legislation tab under Browse.

  • Via the Overview document it is possible to follow the progress of a Bill, and see whereabouts it is in its passage through Parliament.
  • As well as providing the current text, within Overview it is possible to see the text of the Bill as it stood at various points of its passage through Parliament.
  • If the Bill has received Royal Assent, a link through to the relevant Act is provided.
Additionally, for current legislation, you can access a version of a provision which allows you to see how the law will read if a Bill receives Royal Assent. See below for an example section.

Image from Westlaw of an Act section due to be affected by a current Bill

Clicking on the blue link brings up the Bill amended text (in this case the amending Bill is the Higher Education and Research Bill 2016-17).

Image of Bill amended text from Westlaw UK

Thursday, 5 January 2017

New film about the European Court of Human Rights

This 15 minute film is worth a look if you're unsure about exactly what the European Court of Human Rights does. It clearly sets out the historical context, discusses the issues facing the Court and provides examples of case law which illustrate the scope of its work. A timely reminder of why membership is important. 

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Christmas Opening Hours

Photo of presents

Festive Greetings to all Law & Criminology staff and students. I hope that you get the chance to relax for a few days, although I'm aware that there are coursework deadlines at the beginning of January! 

With this in mind, here is a reminder of the library's opening hours over the Christmas period:

Thursday 22 December
Open 8.30 - 23.45
Issue Desk &Help Desk 10.00 - 20.00

Friday 23 December
12.00 - 19.00 Self-service

24 December - 27 December
Library Closed

28 December - 2 January
Desk12.00 - 19.00 Self-service

3 January
Term time hours resume

Monday, 5 December 2016

Charles Booth's London - website hosted by the LSE launched

Last week I received an email promoting the following: 
LSE has just launched Charles Booth’s London, a website making available the famous poverty maps and the descriptively rich police notebooks arising from Booth’s ground-breaking study Inquiry Into the Life and Labour of the People in London (1886-1903).
The new site allows visitors to view, interact with and download the poverty maps, and to geo-locate the police notebooks against the maps. Visitors can also browse and download the notebooks. In addition the site provides a wealth of contextual information about Booth, the Inquiry, and Victorian London more generally.

If you're studying Criminology, you may find the mapping of police notebooks against late Victorian London streets of interest. Even if the maps and notebooks aren't of direct relevance to your course, if you live in London, then like me, you may find it hard to resist finding the area where you live and reading all about it!

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Journals moving from Lexis Library (but don't worry, we will still have online access)

From 22nd December, the following journals will no longer be available via Lexis Library:
This is because ownership of these journals has recently transferred from Bloomsbury Publishing (with whom Lexis had an agreement to host the journals) to Taylor & Francis (with whom they don't have such an agreement).

The good news is that with the exception of Law and Financial Markets Review where we will lose access to issues from 2007 & 2008, we will continue to have online access to these journals via Hein Online & Academic Search Complete. Birkbeck users can click on the titles above to gain access.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

PhD Training Day at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

The first session of a 3 part series being run this academic year on 'How to get a PhD in Law' will take place on Saturday December 3rd and will include sessions on:
  • literature reviews
  • comparative legal research
  • qualitative and quantitative research for PhDs
  • the foreign, international and comparative research collections at IALS
  • research resources
The cost for the day is £75 for students. For more details and to book, go to 

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Saturday workshops - autumn term 2016

The Library is running the following workshops during the Autumn Term on Saturdays. The workshops will be held in the Library Seminar Room on Level 1 of the Library. All staff and students are welcome

There are a maximum of 40 places on each workshop. They may not run if less than 5 people book - we will contact you if a workshop is cancelled.
If you have any queries please contact the Library

Date and time


15 Oct and repeated 19 Nov
Getting Ready to Study
Learn how to organize your work, and make yourself aware of academic learning support materials and what the Library has to offer. Book Now
15 Oct and repeated 19 Nov
12.45 - 1.30pm
Getting to Grips with your Reading List
Understand what you are being asked to read and how to follow up references, etc. Book Now
15 Oct and repeated 19 Nov
2.30 - 3.45pm
Finding Information for Essays or Assignments
Find books, articles, etc. on a particular topic. Learn to search the Library Catalogue and Discover service.Book Now
15 Oct and repeated 19 Nov
4.00 - 5.00pm
Google Scholar vs Birkbeck Discover
Pick up tips on using Google Scholar and Birkbeck Discover. Essential functionality and features of both services. Book Now