We’re always keen to hear your feedback on the Library service. There are various ways you can let us know what you think:-
- email Library-Guildford@law.ac.uk
- come and tell us!
- last but not least the student surveys which are going out to all students soon contain a section on the Library resources/staff/service
Please use any/all of the above to let us know what you like/don’t like. It really helps us to know what we’re doing right and what we can improve on.
As you may already know, library staff are restricted in the help they can give you during the PLR assessment period. The guidance below sets out what we can and can’t advise on during PLR.
We can advise on:
a) where to find books and how to access databases
b) sources of further guidance on how to use paper and electronic research tools
c) problems caused by the library stock or with access to databases
We cannot advise on:
a) the relative merits of different resources for researching issues raised by the assessment
b) choice of search terms, or how to manipulate search terms
c) the steps needed to ensure that research is full and accurate (for example, updating techniques)
d) interpretation of material that students may retrieve in the course of their research
e) the content and structure of a research report
If you’re unsure whether your query can or cannot be answered by library staff, please speak to the Information Officers in the first instance: Laura Sutton (Mon-Tue) and Helen Hinder (Wed-Fri) or email the Library on email@example.com
I’ve had loads of enquiries about the paper sources workshops, which took place last week. There will be another workshop on how to use paper sources, Halsbury’s Laws etc….on Monday 28th September, 12.15 – 1.15pm in Rm 218 of the LRC.
To sign up for the workshop, go to the ELITE My Centre tab and click on ‘What’s on in Guildford.’ This takes you to a News and Events page, where you need to click on the heading ‘Library Legal Research Workshops’ – then just click ‘Sign up’ to add your name to the session.
Unfortunately, as there were very few students signing up to most of the database sessions which had been arranged for this week and for next Tuesday, we have had to cancel some of the scheduled sessions. The Westlaw trainer will now only be running one session tomorrow, Friday 18th Sept, 12-15-1.15pm, and the LexisLibrary trainer will only run one session, also at 12.15-1.15pm, on Tuesday 22nd September. Please come to these sessions if you can (sign up via ELITE>My Centre>What’s on in Guildford>Database training) as it is your chance to have expert in-depth training. We will try & arrange for the trainers to run sessions later in the term, but they are understandably reluctant to come if attendance is very low.
If you can’t get to a library workshop there are a number of sources of help in polishing your legal research skills:
- Go to ELITE > My Library > i-Guides for a series of online guides to using print and electronic resources.
- Go to ELITE > My Library > Research Support for Legal Research FAQs and Research Guides (you should have already received a pack of the Research Guides)
We also recommend two books on the subject:
Effective Legal Research by John Knowles.
Legal Method, Skills & Reasoning by Sharon Hanson.
Both books can be found in the ‘New Titles’ section at the front of the library next to the Enquiry Desk.