Session Objectives We‟ll look at the legal databases available and selecting appropriate subject keywords when searching them Finding EJournals How best to approach your research questions Freely available websites on the Internet and evaluating them
End of SessionBe equipped to use search techniques to search the electronic resources effectivelyHave some understanding of how to critically assess information available on the Internet
Databases-Primary for LawHeinonlineLexis LibraryWestlaw
Start with My UniHub Log in to My UniHub with the same username and password you used to log in to the network
My Study-Click on ThisWe‟ll Look at Ejournals First
New Law Journal-Our Example You can either type the title in the box or choose from the alphabetical list
ResultsClick on the Lexis Link Provided This tells us that this title is available in Lexis from 1987 to the present.
Username and PasswordSame Combination as the Network Log In
Westlaw-Main Search Page You can search either using the Tabs acrossYou can use Westlaw to find the top of the page orActs,Cases, Current Awareness and the Boxes/Text belowJournal Articles
Westlaw-Content Provides full text of UK amended legislation Full text of EU legislation and case law UK court decisions from 1220 from The Law Reports series published by the ICLR(Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for England and Wales) Other law report series such as Weekly Law Reports Selected High Court and Tribunal judgments back to 1999
Westlaw cont‟d-ContentContains Legal Journals Index providing full text journal articles for many titles such as Criminal Law Review, European Human Rights Law Review
Search Legislation by TitleConsumer Protection Act-example
Look at Arrangement of Act and Choose aSection/Provision
Tips for Evaluating Websites1.AuthorityWho is responsible for the site?Is it a reliable organisation or a subject expert?Can you trust them?
Evaluating Websites(Cont‟d)2. ACCURACY AND RELIABILITY Is the information correct? Are the grammar and spelling correct? Is it complete or are they just giving one point of view? Bias? Do they have their own agenda? Is the information fact or opinion?
Websites(Cont‟d)3.CURRENCY Can you tell how up to date it is? Is it regularly updated? You shouldn‟t be quoting out of date information4. AUDIENCE Is the information at the right level to be quoted in your work?
Websites(Cont‟d)5.FEEL Is the site well structured and easy to navigate? Are the links from the page up to date and valid? If it is well designed and maintained then you can feel more confident about the information it provides
Citation Style For law the „Gold card‟ for style manuals is the OSCOLA (Oxford) website. If you wish to access it I have a link on my Law and Legal Research Subject page.............see next slide