Thursday, 23 February 2017

Humanities Digital Library

Humanities Digital Library logo

The Humanities Digital Library is still in its early stages, but promises to be a useful source of open access material. Its web site states that:

The Humanities Digital Library is the open access library and catalogue for books published by the School of Advanced Study, University of London. It forms part of the School’s mission to embrace the opportunities of digital content delivery and enable greater access to knowledge. The Humanities Digital Library is managed by the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) and the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS).

Each book is available as an open access PDF (full text) but can also be purchased in print (hardback and paperback) or as an ebook (EPUB format). Scholarly content made available through the website includes monographs, edited collections and shorter form works.  

The first law book to be made available via the Digital Library is Electronic Signatures in Law by Stephen Mason.

Cover of Electronic Signatures in Law

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Hein Online training videos

Hein Online has recently added a number of videos to its YouTube channel.

These include:

  • Navigating the HeinOnline interface
  • Searching in HeinOnline
  • Downloading, Printing and Sharing HeinOnline Content
  • Creating a MyHein account (this allows you to save searches and/or receive alerts when new issues of particular journals are added).

Worth a look whether you're an occasional or regular user.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Two new ejournals

We now have online access to the following two journals:
  • Critical Inquiry 2002 - present
  • Nordic Journal of Human Rights 2014 - present
Both can be accessed in the usual way, from the library web site's home page.

Monday, 16 January 2017

UK Bills on Westlaw

The Bills service on Westlaw UK has recently been improved. If you're interested in a piece of legislation currently going through Parliament then you may find the Bills Service of interest.
It contains information on Bills from the current session as well as for 2015-16 and can be found via the Legislation tab under Browse.

  • Via the Overview document it is possible to follow the progress of a Bill, and see whereabouts it is in its passage through Parliament.
  • As well as providing the current text, within Overview it is possible to see the text of the Bill as it stood at various points of its passage through Parliament.
  • If the Bill has received Royal Assent, a link through to the relevant Act is provided.
Additionally, for current legislation, you can access a version of a provision which allows you to see how the law will read if a Bill receives Royal Assent. See below for an example section.

Image from Westlaw of an Act section due to be affected by a current Bill

Clicking on the blue link brings up the Bill amended text (in this case the amending Bill is the Higher Education and Research Bill 2016-17).

Image of Bill amended text from Westlaw UK

Thursday, 5 January 2017

New film about the European Court of Human Rights

This 15 minute film is worth a look if you're unsure about exactly what the European Court of Human Rights does. It clearly sets out the historical context, discusses the issues facing the Court and provides examples of case law which illustrate the scope of its work. A timely reminder of why membership is important. 

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Christmas Opening Hours

Photo of presents

Festive Greetings to all Law & Criminology staff and students. I hope that you get the chance to relax for a few days, although I'm aware that there are coursework deadlines at the beginning of January! 

With this in mind, here is a reminder of the library's opening hours over the Christmas period:

Thursday 22 December
Open 8.30 - 23.45
Issue Desk &Help Desk 10.00 - 20.00

Friday 23 December
12.00 - 19.00 Self-service

24 December - 27 December
Library Closed

28 December - 2 January
Desk12.00 - 19.00 Self-service

3 January
Term time hours resume

Monday, 5 December 2016

Charles Booth's London - website hosted by the LSE launched

Last week I received an email promoting the following: 
LSE has just launched Charles Booth’s London, a website making available the famous poverty maps and the descriptively rich police notebooks arising from Booth’s ground-breaking study Inquiry Into the Life and Labour of the People in London (1886-1903).
The new site allows visitors to view, interact with and download the poverty maps, and to geo-locate the police notebooks against the maps. Visitors can also browse and download the notebooks. In addition the site provides a wealth of contextual information about Booth, the Inquiry, and Victorian London more generally.

If you're studying Criminology, you may find the mapping of police notebooks against late Victorian London streets of interest. Even if the maps and notebooks aren't of direct relevance to your course, if you live in London, then like me, you may find it hard to resist finding the area where you live and reading all about it!