CATHERINE FUNNELLSENIOR LIAISON LIBRARYSHEPPARD LIBRARYLEX 4110ISSUES IN EU LAW
PURPOSE OF SESSION Look at a few of the subscription databases with some possible topics you might use for your research proposal Useful websites freely available on the Internet-places to start for a literature search or research proposal pertaining to EU law Briefly look at SUMMON-for multi-database searching
LEGAL WRITING AND EFFECTIVE LITERATURESEARCHING Let‟s start by looking at some useful titles that we have in the library for legal writing“Research and Writing in Law”-Hutchinson“How to Write Law Essays”-Strong“How to Write Better Law Essays”-Foster
USE „LEGAL COMPOSITION‟ AS THE SUBJECTKEYWORDS By doing a SUBJECT KEYWORD search on the catalogue you will get a good number of books on legal writing
TRY THIS TITLE There is only 1 copy but I have more on order!
.......AND A FEW MORE!!!!!!!ALL ON THE LIBRARY CATALOGUE Really useful Excellent Book by Peter Clinch by John Knowles Legal Writing by Higgins
EFFECTIVE LITERATURE SEARCHING It helps to make a plan first as it may take much longer to do your literature search than you anticipated! You may also need to visit other libraries and/or order books /journal articles through Inter-library Loan Not everything can be found on the Internet!
THE PLAN It may seem silly to plan the stages of your search by resorting to a flowchart but a visual image may help to get you organised, prioritising the stages involved in the research and reminding you what there is left to do!
THE PLAN You may want to start by searching for some general background information and then move to the more specific and current information Start thinking about specifc subject keywords that you would use when structuring your search strategies Remember alternative terms and spellings eg labour/labor, euthanasia/assisted suicide
THE INTERNET The Internet may be the quickest and most effective tool for accessing EU publications as more and more documents are being made available online. The EU‟s own website Europahttp://europa.eu/index_en.htmis the obvious place to start but many find it diificult to navigate so you may find it easier to search using a search engine such as Google.However.....
GOOGLE OR ADVANCED SEARCH GOOGLE?COMPARE BASIC GOOGLE AND ADVANCED Advanced allows for numerous refinement s Beware of the shortcomings of a Basic Google search
ZETOC ALERTS-AVAILABLE FROM THEDATABASES LISTINGS(MY UNIHUB) Zetoc provides access to the British Library‟s Electronic Table of Contents of around 20,000 current journals published each year Database covers 1993 to date and is updated daily Includes an email alerting service to enable you to stay up to date with relevant new articles and papers in your area of research
ZETOC ALERT HOMEPAGE Select Middlesex from the universities list and click GO. Then you will be asked for your network log in
CREATE AN ACCOUNT Create your account with your email address. Click create.Then you can add the journals you wish to be alerted about
SETTING UP ALERTS The alert can be set up for contents lists of several journal titles and also for TITLE Keyword searches
TIME PERIOD You can have a number of alerts for contents lists or article keywords and add them or make changes as required They are set up for 1 year and require renewing after that period Email alerts will be sent to whenever the British Library database is updated with new issues and articles relevant to your search
ONLINE JOURNALS-APPEAR ON THE CATALOGUEAND CAN SEARCHED AS FOR A TITLE The record links directly to the e- version. Check the coverage details to see the format
E BOOKS ALSO APPEAR ON THE CATALOGUE ANDCAN BE SEARCHED AS FOR A BOOK
ACCESSING E BOOKS AND ONLINEJOURNALS- Access for all online or electronic resources to which Learning resources subscribes will requite a log in This is to identify users as Middlesex students or staff and therefore eligible under the user licence At some point then a log in screen will appear
ACCESSING E BOOKS-SUGGEST CLICKING ON THEALTERNATIVE ACCOUNT OPTION
RESULTS-KEEP REFINING AND UPDATINGWITH MORE SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS Can refine by Change the date, type of using the publication, subject terms sidebar and to get fewer and more changing date, meaningful results pub type etc
FILTER BY PUBLICATION TYPE ANDCONTENT AND THEN CLICK ON MORESOURCES For pub type I chose legal journals and for topics I chose all of EU, Immigration and Nationality, Intellectual Poperty and International Law
NOW HIGHLIGHT TITLES TO SEARCH-YOU CAN GIVEIT A FILE NAME AS WELL
TYPE IN SEARCH STATEMENT You can scroll down this list to see the names of the titles you highlighted to search
STRUCTURE THE SEARCH STATEMENTCAREFULLY-LEXIS USES BOOLEAN OPERATORS
RESULTS-CAN EDIT AND ADD OTHERSEARCH TERMS IF NECESSARY