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Using Apps for Legal Research Peter Kargbo MA, LLDip Law Librarian Manchester Metropolitan University Birmingham, 8th May 2012
What’s Currently Available All subjects apps – e.g. Lexis Nexis “On the Case” Subject specific apps – Oxford University Press “Law Concentrate” revision apps (contract law, EU law etc). Most apps cover US legal system – federal and state law. A few apps cover UK & European Union law (EU). Some free. Others paid. Free access if staff/student’s institution subscribes to full service database (e.g.Lexis Library & Jordans Family law). Mostly for the undergraduate market (LLB, GDL) Designed for iPhone, iPad and Android platforms.
Individual Law Subjects Oxford University Press law concentrate revision apps (contract, criminal, EU, equity & trusts, land, public, tort) Jordans Family Law Reports Squire Sanders UK Employment Law Haines Watts UK Tax Rates Eversheds Guide to international Employment & Pensions Law
Why Use Apps? Great for on-the-go legal research. Specifically designed for mobile devices. Easily accessed bite-size revision aids. Access to a wide range of case law and statutes. Status indicators for cases and statutes (is this case good law?) (e.g.,Lexis Library “On the Case” and “Legal Terms”). Full text of law reports (e.g. Jordans Family Reports) Updated frequently, hence current. Saves carrying heavy books and boring notepads! Will appeal to “digital natives” (Generation Z, Net Generation) students.
About Peter KargboPeter is a part-time Law Librarian at Manchester Metropolitan University and the College of Law inManchester (until August 2012). His 27 year library career spans 3 continents in Africa, the UK and theUnited States. He has worked as a Research Librarian at the Central Bank of Sierra Leone in Freetown(Sierra Leone), Reference Librarian and Learning Adviser at the University of Birmingham, Reference &Instruction Librarian at Texas Tech University, Librarian for Africana Studies at New York University (NewYork City) and Repository Librarian at the University of Wolverhampton.Peter holds a BA (Hons) in Library & Information Studies (Leeds Metropolitan University), an MA inAfrican Studies (University of Birmingham) and a Graduate Diploma in Law (University ofWolverhampton.Peter’s interests include landscape photography and volunteering at Vaughantown in