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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)    The mechanics of how to use particular resources (for example, how to establish the significance of the “signals” used in LexisLibrary to indicate the status of a case decision)

d)    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 Librarians in the first instance: Laura Sutton and Helen Hinder or email the Library on guildford-library@law.ac.uk

PLR Legal Research workshop dates now on Elite

During October and November we’ll be putting on 45-minute legal research workshops for the benefit of LPC students undertaking your PLR assignment.  For a list of dates, either go to Elite/My Guildford/Sign up and Events, or click on the Library Training tab above (this will take you to the same page on Elite.)  Select the session you’d like to attend, then simply click on ‘Sign up now’ to add your name.

Places are limited, so don’t forget to sign up to guarantee your place.

LPC – PLR assessment guidelines

As you may already know,  library staff will be restricted in the help we can give during the forthcoming PLR assessment period.  The guidance below sets out what we can and can’t advise on during PLR.

We can advise on:

  •   where to find books and how to access databases
  •   sources of further guidance on how to use paper and electronic research tools
  •   the procedure for using particular resources (for example, how to establish the significance of the “signals” used in LexisLibrary to indicate the status of a case decision)
  •   any difficulties with the library stock or with access to the databases

We cannot advise on:

  •  the relative merits of different resources for researching issues raised by the assessment
  •  choice of search terms, or how to manipulate search terms
  •  the steps needed to ensure that research is full and accurate (for example, updating techniques)
  •  interpretation of material that students may retrieve in the course of their research
  • the content and structure of a research report
  • how to judge when your work is complete

If you’re unsure whether your query can or cannot be answered by library staff,  please speak to one of the Librarians, Laura Sutton or Helen Hinder, or email us via the Ask a Librarian tab at the top of this homepage.

PLR Assignment – information for LPC students

As you may already know, library staff are restricted in the help we can give LPC students during the PLR assessment period.  The guidance below sets out what we can and can’t advise on during PLR.

Library staff are able to help you:

  • Find a  resource on the library shelves
  • Access a resource online
  • Understand the procedures for using  particular resources (although this help will necessarily be very general in scope – we can demonstrate the steps to follow eg. in using any indexing/updating tools, but not in relation to specific PLR-related queries)

Library staff are not able to help you:

  • Interpret the question
  • Decide which resources to use
  • Decide which search terms to use
  • Interpret your results
  • Assess whether your research is correct, incorrect or up to date
  • Judge whether you have done enough to complete the assignment

Please note that our legal database student reps, Emily Hayes (Westlaw and Lawtel) and Mary Dancer (LexisLibrary,) are not able to offer LPC students advice for the duration of the PLR assessment period.

However, there are many sources of legal research help still available to you at this time, including:

  • LPC Skills for Lawyers textbook
  • Books on legal research in the Legal skills section of the library
  • Legal research guide helpsheets on ELITE>My Library
  • Legal research FAQs on ELITE>My Library
  • Legal research multi-media i-Guides on ELITE>My Library
  • Legal database student user guides & online training tutorials

If you are unsure whether your query can or cannot be answered by library staff, please speak to a member of the library team – we will be able to judge whether we can help you directly or refer you to an alternative  source of help.

Good luck with your PLR assignments.

 

PLR Assignment – information for LPC students

As you may already know, library staff are restricted in the help we can give LPC students during the PLR assessment period.  The guidance below sets out what we can and can’t advise on during PLR.

Library staff are able to help you:

  • Find a  resource on the library shelves
  • Access a resource online
  • Understand the procedures for using  particular resources (although this help will necessarily be very general in scope – we can demonstrate the steps to follow eg. in using any indexing/updating tools, but not in relation to specific PLR-related queries)

Library staff are not able to help you:

  • Interpret the question
  • Decide which resources to use
  • Decide which search terms to use
  • Interpret your results
  • Assess whether your research is correct, incorrect or up to date
  • Judge whether you have done enough to complete the assignment

Please note that our legal database student reps, Luke Evans (Westlaw and Lawtel) and Sam Ratcliffe (LexisLibrary,) are not able to offer LPC students advice for the duration of the PLR assessment period.

However, there are many sources of legal research help still available to you at this time, including:

  • LPC Skills for Lawyers textbook
  • Books on legal research in the Legal skills section of the library
  • Legal research guide helpsheets on ELITE>My Library
  • Legal research FAQs on ELITE>My Library
  • Legal research multi-media i-Guides on ELITE>My Library
  • Legal database student user guides & online training tutorials

If you are unsure whether your query can or cannot be answered by library staff, please speak to a member of the library team – we will be able to judge whether we can help you directly or refer you to an alternative  source of help.

Good luck with your PLR assignments.

Help with PLR

There are lots of ways to boost your legal research skills before the start of PLR handed out w/c 11th October.

There are still places available on the Lexis and Lawtel training certification sessions on Thursday 16th, Friday 17th, Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st September.

Sign up at Elite/My Centre/News & Events/Full-time LPC – Database Training Certification sessions

If you want to learn more about how to use the paper sources,  Helen and I are running workshops on Thursday 23rd (NOW FULL), Friday 24th September and on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday week commencing 11th October.

Sign up at Elite/My Centre/News & Events/LPC – Library hard-copy legal research workshops

If you are simply too pushed for time there is help available on the My Library page on Elite. Legal Research FAQ’s, I-Guides and Legal Research Guides can be found in the Research Support box.

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

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