Information Skills Welcome To The Law Library

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Information Skills Welcome To The Law Library

  1. 1. Information skills Welcome to the law library <ul><li>Law Library / Esther Hoorn </li></ul>
  2. 2. Program <ul><li>Legal information skills: do we have a problem? </li></ul><ul><li>Advanced library tools </li></ul><ul><li>Basics: start at the library portal </li></ul><ul><li>Examples from A Guide to Preparing a Paper or Master’s Thesis by J.G. Brouwer and A.J.J. de Hoogh </li></ul>
  3. 3. Google generation: myth or reality? <ul><li>Google generation, born 1994 and later </li></ul><ul><li>Generation Y, born between 1978 and 1983 </li></ul><ul><li>Generation X, born before 1978 </li></ul><ul><li>JISC Information behaviour of the researcher of the future, </li></ul><ul><li>2008, 11 January </li></ul><ul><li>Nearly half of the world’s internet users (49%), for example, live in Europe and North America where less than one in five (17%) of the world’s population live. </li></ul><ul><li>www.InternetWorldStats.com, 2007, 10 June </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>89 percent of college students use search engines </li></ul><ul><li>to begin an information search (while only 2 per </li></ul><ul><li>cent start from a library web site) </li></ul><ul><li>93 per cent are satisfied or very satisfied with their </li></ul><ul><li>overall experience of using a search engine </li></ul><ul><li>(compared with 84 per cent for a librarian-assisted </li></ul><ul><li>search) </li></ul><ul><li>`books’ are still the primary library brand association </li></ul><ul><li>for this group, despite massive investment in </li></ul><ul><li>digital resources, of which students are largely unfamiliar </li></ul><ul><li>Survey OCLC </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Google generation Where are the skills gaps? <ul><li>The problem here is that they simply do not recognize </li></ul><ul><li>that they have a problem: there is a big gap between </li></ul><ul><li>their actual performance in information literacy tests and their self-estimates of information skill and library anxiety. </li></ul>
  6. 6. The library and the social software revolution <ul><li>Linkage and communication </li></ul><ul><li>Community-readership </li></ul><ul><li>Community-interpretation </li></ul><ul><li>Creation of professional knowledge tools </li></ul><ul><li>Paul Maharg, Transforming Legal Education </li></ul><ul><li>Use old-fashioned tools like networking and snowball snowball strategies to get your resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Talk about your topic </li></ul><ul><li>… ..also with the librarians. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Advanced possibilities (to explore yourself) <ul><li>Metasearch engines </li></ul><ul><ul><li>RugCombine (Metalib) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Livetrix </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Specialised legal search engines (e.g. Legal Intelligence) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reference tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Refmanager </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Endnote </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(RefWorks: webbased with sharing options:30day trial possible) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Repositories </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SSRN (Open Access publications) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Social Software (blogs, collaborative portals etc.) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.opiniojuris.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.haguejusticeportal.net/ </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Our library website <ul><li>Legal databases and favorite law links: </li></ul><ul><li>http ://www.rug.nl/bibliotheek/locaties/bibrechten/favorieten?lang=en </li></ul><ul><li>Instruction: </li></ul><ul><li>http ://www.rug.nl/bibliotheek/instructies/locatie/bibrechten/index?lang=en </li></ul><ul><li>http://rechten.uvt.nl/ICTenRecht/finding_right_sources/ </li></ul><ul><li>Eurlex (example European Courtcase 1999, 184, Choose simple search, natural number, keywords Eurovox!): </li></ul><ul><li>http :// eur-lex.europa.eu/ </li></ul><ul><li>Peace Palace Library </li></ul><ul><li>http ://www.ppl.nl/ </li></ul><ul><li>Free access to catalogue (same interface as Picarta) </li></ul><ul><li>Innovative features: see keywords, RSS feeds to subjects </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Plinklet (link resolver) => RUG (example Afghanistan) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 15. Examples from the research guide of de Hoogh <ul><li>Putting it to practice: </li></ul><ul><li>Catalogue Peace Palace www.ppl.nl </li></ul><ul><li>Afghanistan: title?? No, all words </li></ul><ul><li>Restrict attack </li></ul><ul><li>See all this valuable extra library information. </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Operation enduring freedom&quot; and the UN Charter : the terrorist attack of 11 September 2001 and the subsequent military response / Preiser, Simone </li></ul>
  10. 19. <ul><li>Sfx-link </li></ul>
  11. 24. Thank you for your attention

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