Monday, 6 January 2020

New Criminology libguide

Previously linked with Law in an online library guide, Criminology has now come out of the shadows and has its own guide, providing information on a variety of resources available to Criminology students, highlighting those collections which are likely to be of most use in your studies.

Screen shot of the Criminology libguide homepage

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Hein Online Libguides

Hein Online has launched a series of online guides. The aim is to provide a guide for each collection within Hein, and each one will feature information on collection content, search tips, training materials and more. The link through to all guides can be found at: 

For many Birkbeck users of Hein, the Law Journal Library will be the resource that they are most familiar with, and this already has its own guide at:

These are worth a look both for new and more experienced users. 

Image of Law Journal Library Libguide

Monday, 4 November 2019

Free events at the LSE - part of the Women's Legal Landmarks project

The London School of Economics is hosting the following events, part of a series linked to the Women's Legal Landmarks project. They're free to attend, but you need to register.

12 November 5-6pm -  In conversation on the Married Women’s Property Acts 1882 and 1964

11 December 6-7.30pm – Mari Takayanagi (Parliamentary Archives) discusses the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act of 1919

Thursday, 24 October 2019

How to get a PhD in Law: national research training days at IALS

Details of this year's IALS research training days have been released, each day costs £75 for students to attend and the full programme can be viewed by clicking on the links below.

Day 1, 30 Nov 2019: The PhD in Law and research methods

Day 2, 11 March 2020: The PhD journey: supervision, research ethics and preparing yourself for upgrade and vivas

Day 3, 22 May 2020: Researching, disseminating and publishing in the digital world

Thursday, 12 September 2019

IALS - closed for stock take, and information on how to get your new library card

The latest issue of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies library newsletter includes the following information. If you're a regular user then please take note!

Annual stocktake closure

IALS library will be closed from 5pm on Friday 13th September for our annual stocktaking. The library will reopen at 9am on Monday 30th September. Readers will still be able to access online resources, including thousands of e-books, using the Library catalogue and the Electronic Law Library.

Apply for a new library card

As of the autumn term there will be new library cards for students and academic members of IALS Library. If your status as a student or academic has not changed then you can reapply for a new card, either in person or electronically, from 1st October. University of London academic staff will be sent their new card automatically. To find out more about access, see If in doubt, please email our admissions team who will be happy to advise you:

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Judicial Decisions in International Law - new online tutorial

Law PORT is a collection of free-to-use training resources, created by library staff at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.

Recently added is an online tutorial on Judicial decisions in international law. This aims to provide an introduction to the background of the international courts (e.g. ICJ, ICC, ECHR)  and the subsidiary role of judicial decisions in international law, as well as giving pointers on where to find decisions from a number of courts and how to access cases which are still in progress.

Worth a look if you're new to this area of law, or would like a refresher on where to find relevant case law. 

Thursday, 16 May 2019

New look for Westlaw UK

Westlaw UK has relaunched with a new look and feel. Although quite different to the 'old' Westlaw at first glance, information within it is structured in a similar way. The new version has some interesting additional features, with users able to annotate documents and highlight sections of text, with this information being retained for future use.

For now both the existing and new Westlaw platforms are available to staff and students, with the new platform becoming the default option at the end of the summer term.

To access the new version, please use the link from within the A-Z list on our Databases page

Screen shot of the new Westlaw home page