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How to access LPC textbooks electronically as e-books or pdfs

LPC textbooks are available to LPC students as pdfs or e-book files on Elite.

To access or download your e-books, please go to: http://library.law.ac.uk/

Then under the HOW TO menu, click on the link: ‘Access eTextbooks’.

You will need to enter your Elite login details.  You will then be presented with a list of folders.  When you open a folder you will see the pdfs and the ebook files available for download.

If you wish to download the ebook files onto a device please use the Trouble shooting guide: eTextbooks trouble shooting.

Welcome to all our LPC students

The Guildford library staff would like to extend a warm welcome to all new LPC students and to all students returning for the second year of your LPC course.  Throughout the academic year we’ll be aiming to offer you the best possible support to assist you with your studies.

You’ll find us on the second floor of the Learning Resource Centre.  The library contains collections of books, practitioner texts, newspapers, journals, law reports & legal research resources, as well as a small number of PCs,  a self-issue machine and a printer/photocopier.  You’re welcome to bring in your laptops to use in the library.

In addition, the My Library page on ELITE enables you to access a wide range of online library resources, including links to the legal databases, the online library catalogue, and several resources to help you with your legal research.

The Information Officers who manage the library are Laura Sutton (Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursday mornings and occasional Saturdays in term-time) and Helen Hinder (Wednesday to Friday, and alternate Saturdays & every Sunday in term-time.) If you have any queries about the library service, or if you need help with legal research, please come along to the library to see us, or E-mail us at Laura.Sutton@lawcol.co.uk or Helen.Hinder@lawcol.co.uk

We’re supported by a team of Information Assistants – Claire Rymell, Sophie Bowerbank, Avis Thorniley and Elizabeth Burroughs, all of whom will be pleased to help you with any library queries.

For basic information about the library – how to contact us, opening times, borrowing rights, renewing and reserving books etc – please click on the Opening Hours, About Us and FAQs links at the top of this homepage.

We’ll be posting on this blog regularly to pass on any library-related information we think will be of use to you – changes to opening hours, details about forthcoming library legal research workshops and external database training sessions, advice on accessing and using online resources, information about new books added to stock etc.  So please keep checking it – that way you won’t miss out on any important library information!

We look forward to helping you, and hope that you enjoy your studies over the coming year.

 

Database training sessions for F/T LPC

Don’t forget to sign up for the Westlaw, LexisLibrary and Lawtel database training sessions and the JustCite legal search engine training session, which have been arranged for  F/T LPC students for this term.

On Friday 9th September there are 2 Westlaw sessions, at 10.15 – 11.15am & 12.15 – 1.15pm as well as a Lawtel session at 2 – 3pm.

On Tuesday 20th September there is a JustCite session at 12.15 – 1.15pm.

On Thursday 22nd & Friday 23rd September there are LexisLibrary sessions, at 12.15 – 1.15 on both dates.

They will all be held in IT Room 216.  These sessions give you the chance to learn from expert trainers, who will be able to inform you about all the latest developments, help you find your way round the databases and give you invaluable advice about constructing searches to achieve the best results, as well as show you how to take their online certification tests.   Please don’t miss out!  Due to limitations on availability of the trainers, it is unlikely that we will be able to arrange any sessions for F/T LPC students on alternative dates this term, although all the trainers have agreed to come again in the spring term.

You can sign up online by going to ELITE > My Centre>What’s on in Guildford>News and Events page and clicking the ‘Database training’ headings – this will take you to the list of sessions on offer & you simply need to click on ‘Sign up’ to add your name to the session(s) of your choice.

Welcome to all our LPC students

The Guildford library staff would like to extend a warm welcome to all new LPC students and to all students returning for the second year of your LPC course.  Throughout the academic year we’ll be aiming to offer you the best possible support to assist you with your studies.

You’ll find us on the second floor of the Learning Resource Centre.  The library contains collections of books, practitioner texts, newspapers, journals, law reports & legal research resources, as well as a small number of PCs and a printer/photocopier.  You’re welcome to bring in your laptops to use in the library. In addition, the My Library page on ELITE enables you to access a wide range of online library resources, including links to the legal databases, the online library catalogue, and several resources to help you with your legal research.

The Information Officers who manage the library are Laura Sutton (Mondays, Tuesdays, and every fourth Saturday in termtime) and Helen Hinder (Wednesdays to Friday, and alternate Saturdays & every Sunday in termtime.)  If you have any queries about the library service, or if you need help with legal research, please come along to the library to see us, or E-mail us at Laura.Sutton@lawcol.co.uk or Helen.Hinder@lawcol.co.uk.  We’re supported by an experienced team of Information Assistants – Clive Harris, Avis Thorniley and Elizabeth Burroughs, all of whom will be pleased to help you with any library queries.

For basic information about the library – how to contact us, opening times, borrowing rights, renewing and reserving books etc – please click on the links at the top of this homepage.

Laura and Helen will be posting on this blog regularly to pass on any library-related information we think will be of use to you – changes/extensions to opening hours, details about forthcoming library legal research workshops and external database training sessions, advice on accessing and using online resources, information about new books added to stock etc.  So please keep checking it – that way you won’t miss out on any important library information!

We look forward to helping you, and hope that you enjoy your studies over the coming year.

LPC – PLR Assessment guidelines

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 library.gld@lawcol.co.uk

Database training sessions for F/T LPC

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.

Legal Research Skills

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.

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