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

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

TR Legal Student Representative scheme 2019/20

Thomson Reuters (who own Westlaw) are looking to recruit a student representative for the 2019/20 academic year. Training is provided, and representatives are paid a fee in return for running workshops, offering 1-to-1 support and other tasks. To be eligible you will need to be studying full time on the Qualifying Law Degree next year.
Closing date for applications is Friday 17th May - apologies for the short notice, but we've only just been contacted by Westlaw in relation to this opportunity.

Further details are below, or contact Wendy.

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

UN iLibrary

Screen shot of UN iLibrary front page

The recently launched United Nations iLibrary is the place to go to search for content produced by the UN Secretariat and its agencies, funds, programmes and institutes. 

The UN has produced, and continues to produce a large amount of research and data, but navigating to what's needed has not always been straightforward. The introduction of the iLibrary is a big step forward in terms of making content easier to find. 

From the home screen it is possible to either carry out a search or browse for content - by theme, country or item type. As well as the basic search, there is an Advanced Search option which gives users the ability to specify the type of document, subject area, date range and language they wish to search across, and I would recommend trying out this option. 

Thursday, 4 April 2019

EU content via LexisLibrary

As a result of the changes to International Content, the way in which EU Material on Lexis can be accessed has changed.

To find EU case law, legislation and treaties, select Sources from the LexisLibrary homepage, and then from the country drop down menu, select Europe and navigate to the letter E
The different EU options are shown. To search across a section(s) click on the box next to the content type (e.g. EU Cases) and then on the 'OK, Continue' button on the right-hand side of the screen. Alternatively, you can Browse across a source, by clicking on the relevant link.

Screen shot of Sources menu within LexisLibrary


Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Changes to Lexis Library International Content

If you've tried to find overseas material via Lexis Library in the past week, you will have noticed that the interface has changed. If you haven't yet needed to use this part of Lexis then next time you go to use it, you'll see that it looks rather different!

To access material from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand and the United States, select the Sources link from the home page of Lexis Library. Clicking on International Content will then open the new look interface in a separate window. 

For each jurisdiction, it is possible to search across a particular content type, by clicking on it.

Screen shot of Lexis International search screen

Alternatively, you can browse across content by jurisdiction. 

Screen shot of Lexis international, browse feature

If you are a Birkbeck student and have any questions related to accessing, or searching for information, then please get in touch

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

New journal subscription - Australian Feminist Law Journal

We now have access to content from the Australian Feminist Law Journal - coverage runs from 1997 to the current issue. 
A number of Birkbeck staff have written articles for this publication, so please do have a look at the journal and see how many familiar names you can spot!

Wednesday, 20 February 2019

IALS - How to get a PhD in law event - 28th February 2019

As part of its research training day programme the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies is running the following event on Thursday 28th February:

How to get a PhD in Law: The PhD Journey - supervision, research ethics and preparing yourself for upgrade and vivas

It is open to MPhil / PhD students across the country, and costs £75.

Further information, and online booking can be found by going to: