Thursday, June 12, 2014

Back by Popular Demand

The Student Professional Development Day is back: Monday 14 July 1-5pm

The Law Library, in conjunction with the Faculty of Law offers you an opportunity to gain valuable insights into legal research skills in the workplace, from the experts themselves.

There are 4 sessions.
First, you will hear from two members of the profession - a seasoned Partner, and a recent graduate.
Then, representatives from the 3 main NZ legal database providers will each present their latest products and innovations.
A light refreshment will be provided too.

The schedule is designed to fit within lecture times, so you can come and go if necessary.
In 2013, this event was well attended, and received excellent feedback, so be in quick to secure a seat - spaces are limited!

Registration is free, however, please RSVP to the Law Librarian by 9 July, indicating which sessions you can attend.

See poster, and Blackboard, for details

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Calling all Company Law students

Your valued opinion is required!
As promised, I've set up a survey relating to the legal research lecture, from the 27th March.
I'm interested in your feedback, whether you did the assignment or not.
Please log into Blackboard to access the survey.
Your responses are completely anonymous.
Many thanks, your Librarian.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Find Constitutions online - for free

New website provides searchable database of constitutions

If you find yourself drafting a constitution anytime soon and need ideas, you're in luck. A new searchable database of 189 constitutions from around the world is now online.
Constitutional scholars Zachary Elkins of the University of Texas, Tom Ginsburg of the University of Chicago Law School and James Melton of University College London created Constitute after receiving a grant from Google Ideas. The site launched last fall. 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Where has Brookers gone?

The legal database platform Brookers is being retired, and replaced with WestlawNZ - new name, same content...... presented slightly differently.
To this end, I've removed the Brookers and Briefcase link from the Quick links box in the Law subject guide.

Please use WestlawNZ instead.
Please don't hesitate to ask for assistance.
WestlawNZ are developing tutorials and guides, which you can access here .

For a short time, the old platform is still accessible from elsewhere in the subject guide.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Welcome back

2014 promises to be another busy year.
As noted late last year, some changes are afoot.

In late February, the Brookers Online platform will retire, and be replaced with WestlawNZ - same content, different colour-scheme!
You can start using the new platform now... accessible from the Law Subject Guide, in the Quicklinks.

Any questions, just ask. My contact details are also on the Guide.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Merry Christmas

Christmas holidays are almost here, so this is the last post for the year.
Things to look forward to in the New Year are:
  • revamped subject guide - cosmetic changes mostly
  • WestlawNZ - and the phasing out of the Brookers platform
  • more 'how to' guides and mindmaps to help your immediate research needs
Plus a few surprises planned for later, much later in 2014.

Happy holidays.
See you next year .
Best wishes, the Law Librarian.

Monday, December 9, 2013

HelpMePublish mobile app launched

HelpMePublish is a 'crowdsourced' database listing over 5300 academic jouranls in 13 subject areas, and was created by the University of Otago.
The database displays live data as it is contributed to by journal editors (including acceptance rates and refereeing policies) and academic via the app's built in journal rating programme.

They've built it but if HelpMePublish is to be a valuable resource for the research community they need you to contribute your experience as a publishing researcher.

For more information about the HelpMePublish project go to

To download the HMP app go to our App Store page.