Wednesday, December 16, 2009
This will be good news if you don't have access to user-pays indexes like LegalTrac or LINX, especially if it's American material you're after - in which case, you'd also want to search Google Scholar Legal Opinions and Journals.
The WORLDLII Law Journals Project is doing similar things, and includes, amongst others, the Otago Law Review.
These are great - a free way to find free full-text articles.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
The twenty-first century law student by Alison Bone, "...considers the responses to a survey conducted across seven “new” and two “old” universities which was designed to elicit students' views of their experiences of learning on UK undergraduate law degrees... and indicates how the modern law student approaches the study of law and, more importantly, how law teachers can support their learning. "
Lectures and seminars were highly regarded by students as a way to understand law, with the need to buy and use textbooks also rated highly.
The controversial question as to whether the student felt that textbooks gave them enough information so as not to consult primary resources is very interesting (read alarming). The group was split almost evenly in agreeeing or disagreeing - with little difference across years, so even half the 5th year students agreed that textbooks gave an adequate insight into cases.
I'll let you discover the rest for yourself!
Friday, November 27, 2009
The Doyle case is an interesting bit of social history - both for the facts and for how the Sydney Herald presents them.
The Case Notes database is pretty cool.
AUSTLII is amazing.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
"The University of Auckland Library is pleased to make Legal Citations of Aotearoa New Zealand (LCANZ) available at no charge from its website.
LCANZ provides easy to follow citation formats and examples which complement the newly released New Zealand Law Style Guide.
LCANZ is the first online index to New Zealand legal citation and is likely to be a valuable tool for law academics and students as well as the legal profession. LCANZ provides guidance on the citation of all major New Zealand legal journals and law reporting series. More than 120 law journals and law reporting series are searchable by either title or abbreviation.
Legal Citations of Aotearoa New Zealand (LCANZ) is a service developed by the Davis Law Library team at the University of Auckland Library and is freely available at http://www.lcanz.auckland.ac.nz "
We're still waiting for the New Zealand law style guide itself, though you can pre-order a copy if you want:
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Early English Laws to quote from their website "is a project to publish online and in print new editions and translations of all English legal codes, edicts, and treatises produced up to the time of Magna Carta 1215" and "Early English Laws will provide not only the now standard editions of English legal texts by Felix Liebermann and William Stubbs, but also new editions, translations, and commentary for over 150 individual texts. These texts range chronologically from Æthelberht of Kent’s code (c. 600) to the issuance of Magna Carta in 1215, and include all non-narrative and non-administrative legal records. Some of them have never been edited."
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
"LexisNexis wishes to advise a service outage on Sunday, 1 November from 2pm to 11pm. During this time, you will not be able to access the LexisNexis platform, as maintenance is needed to accommodate for the time change in the USA. We apologize for any inconvenience caused."
Unfortunately this includes the lexisnexis NZ site as well.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Do not forget you can load money on your copy card at the main 8th Floor desk - cash or eftpos.
Monday, September 28, 2009
A student asked if she could read the Employment Relations Authority decision in a particular case. Problem was the case at the Employment Court and Court of Appeal level was suppressed name-wise and we did not know the names used in the ERA level. Nor did we know which ERA it was held in (ie the location) or the date (or even the year!). Despite this, we have managed to locate a copy of the decision and get it to the student.
Everybody is happy and it shows that sometimes, we can do the almost impossible. All it takes is you asking us if it is possible.
And for those wondering what decision we are talking about – it is the ERA decision in A Worker v A Farmer and is available electronically at http://www.library.otago.ac.nz/law/uji/pdf/2009/Other/ca_128_07.pdfor in a paper copy in our Employment Relations Authority decisions housed on the 8th floor at KG348.E38 2007 CHCH 111-160
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thank you to all users of the Law Library for being so patient this year.
All books and journals are now in their permanent areas, and will be spread out a bit during the summer break.
Please expect a little more concrete drilling early next week, and by early October, the ENTIRE library will be finished!
It's in print, on the shelves in the magnificently refurbished Law Library at K211 N333 - most recent issues on Reserve. Plus it's available elsewhere around the system - check the library catalogue for details.
It's online (from 2006) at the LexisNexis NZ site. And this is where it gets a bit tricky.
- If you access the LexisNexis NZ site via the Law Subject Guide, you won't see the journal (NZLJ) in the Sources list; but click the Journals tab anyway to get to the Journals search template. You still won't see NZLJ in the Sources drop-down menu, but if you search "All subscribed journal sources" it will include NZLJ from 2006. Or if you know the citation, you can use the Browse option to the left of the search template, and drill down to the year and issue that you want.
- If you access the site via the NZLJ library catalogue record (look for the Electronic resource - online options), you get taken straight to the search template and yes, New Zealand law journal appears in the Sources field - at least until such time as you navigate away from the search template, at which point you are in the same situation as at (1) above.
If you really want to explore the idiosyncracies of electronic access, try searching the CD-based NZLJ archive, (1925-2001), which you can get to via the Law Library computers: Start menu>Library resources>Law databases>NZ law journal archive. It has its own user guide - you'll need it.
Thursday, September 17, 2009
1. getting to lexis.com. The simplest way is via the library catalogue - search by title, select the 1995 "electronic resource" record, then follow the link. You can also get there via the Law Subject Guide, but remember that you'll find it in Lexis and not in LexisNexis NZ- doesn't make a lot of sense but that's how it is.
2. navigating your way through lexis.com. It's vast, and US-centric. From the front page, scroll down to the Find laws by country or region section - you're looking for New Zealand, which you'll find via the View more sources link. Once you're in the New Zealand section you should be able to see the New Zealand Law Review link.
3. using the search template.
Try an Easy Search. It's a full-text search, so use distinctive but simple terms, like a combination of author (surname only is the most reliable option) and title keywords.
Or try the Terms and Connectors search. Segment searching allows you to specify where (in the document) you want your search terms to appear. Useful for author and title. And you can use the CITE segment to find a specific article (e.g 2005 NZ Law Review 1); or to find all articles published in a particular volume (e.g. 2005 NZ Law Review) effectively giving you a table of contents for that volume.
You get some examples of segment searching via the information icon (i-in-a-box) next to the journal title in the breadcrumb trail.
4. One more thing. You'll only find articles if they are there. Some aren't - looks like they've missed a few issues here & there.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
From Friday 18th, Property Services will start working on the 9th floor central block, and textbooks (KN) will be 'staff retrieval only' from Friday 18th to Wed 22nd.
On Wed 23rd, KN texts will be moved to their final resting place in the south tower of the 9th floor.
On Thur 24th, KL-KM texts will be moved from the 7th floor up to the 9th floor.
More desk spaces should become available on the 9th floor by early next week. Access via the south stairs.
There will be intermittent conctrete drilling this week. Our apologies. Earplugs are available.
you get a reference (from a footnote or a lecturer, or a subject search); you search the library catalogue to see if and where we have it; and if it's a book we don't have, you search the Borrow Direct catalogues to see if you can request it from one of those libraries - and if there are any steps here that you're not sure about, you ask us, OK?
If you can't find what you want, you fill out a document delivery request form, and we'll see if we can get it from another library for you. Basically, we use catalogues and indexes to verify that the item exists, then work out where to get it from.
It works pretty well most of the time.
But sometimes we resort to a "speculative request" if we can't find the item you want in conventional indexing tools - maybe because it pre-dates online tools, maybe because it was never formally published, maybe because you have an incomplete reference, maybe because it's an unreported case from a lower court. A speculative request involves us making an educated guess about which library might have the item you want, and it relies on the staff at that library knowing their collection well enough to locate it (if they have it). We recently used this method to get a copy of an early NZ bill - not surprisingly we got it from the Parliamentary Library. Fortunately someone kept the bill, even though parliament threw it out.
So if there's something you want, just ask. Even if you don't have all the details.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
You can discover what's there as part of your usual catalogue searching.
Or you can search specifically within the eBook Library - start from the Library's homepage, go to the Article Databases link, browse the letter E and select EBL Ebook Library. Or click this link to take you most of the way. Money changes hands so you'll need to do the username-password thing. Once you're there, the search interface is pretty intuitive. You can browse by category (e.g. Law), or use the Advanced Search. You may need to consult the online manual as well. Let us know what you think of it.
Monday, September 7, 2009
Thursday, September 3, 2009
BriefCase still has the case summaries, just not the full text. We can probably get the judgment for you, so fill out a judgment request form, available at the Law Library desk.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
The Print/Download icon in HeinOnline has moved from the extreme right to nearer the middle of the page
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Access is via the back of the law library, down the south tower stairs.
In a few days time the rest of the 7th floor should also be suitable for studying again.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
A couple of points about this.
- English reports (KF53 E6; also available online via the catalogue) are usually a good source of early English case law but they don't have everything.
- Dictionaries of legal citations and abbreviations are beautiful things. And include references to books as well as primary sources. I used the Raistrick book (on the reference shelves at K112 R433) but the online Cardiff index would have solved this too.
- The library catalogue is also a beautiful thing, even for very old material.
- And one more thing - the Eltham v Warreyn case is cited in a number of ways - sometimes just like that, sometimes it's the Inhabitants of Eltham or the Parish of Eltham, sometimes with a date, sometimes without. So be a little flexible with your search techniques in case you miss what's there.
If you can't find what you want, just ask! Someone will know someone who knows.
Friday, August 21, 2009
- a guide to the Law Library collection, or rather what it will be when the refurbishment programme is complete - the KL-KM range is temporarily moving to the 6th floor while work continues on the 9th floor
- notes on using secondary sources for law
- notes for Family Law students
- some basic library info for undergraduates and honours/postgrads
Thursday, August 20, 2009
The blog is a way for you to eavesdrop on some of these conversations. You might learn something useful - about a recent case, or a new book, or tips for using the databases.
We'd still like you to come and talk to us. The blog is just another way of sharing the conversation.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Here's the ITS advice:
"Getting more pages per sheet
You can print 2 or more pages
onto one piece of A4 paper from
Word (and other programs).
Type Ctrl-P to bring up the Print
window and choose Properties.
Change Pages Per Sheet to a
number bigger than 1. Click OK.
DO NOT USE ZOOM or the
printer may just give you blank."
Lifted from the How to Print tipsheet on their website.
They also have a lot of other tips, including a work around for memory stick problems, if that has been bugging you.
Monday, August 17, 2009
Maori Maori Law Week
Te Tumu School of Maori, Pacific and Indigenous Studies, Otago University
Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 August Open Lectures
Light refreshments served from 5:30pm before the open lectures on the 1st floor of Te Tumu.
"Travelling the whakapapa highway"
Wednesday 19 August, 6pm Te Paparewa, Ground Floor
"Creating New Zealand's first Maori Legal Dictionary"
Thursday 20 August, 6pm Te Paparewa, Ground Floor
"The changing goalposts of the Crown in Treaty Settlements"
Thursday 20 August, 7pm Te Paparewa, Ground Floor
Open to all students, staff and interested community members.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
See the full story at http://49th-parallel.blogspot.com/2009/08/ouch6-months-for-yawing-in-court.html
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
Bankrupt The state of being that one attains when the government sticks your creditors with the bill for your extravagant expenditures.
Jail Exclusive public housing with lousy neighbors, no view, poor facilities and one of the highest cost per square foot of any living space ever built; but with slightly less violence and fewer drug dealers than the public housing that is available to the populous at large.
Plus, find key Latin translations, like: Res ipsa loquitor Duh. Res judicata You lost, get over it. Respondeat superior Sue the one with the most money.
Young, R. C. (2007). The dictionary of legal bullshit. Naperville, Ill: Sphinx Pub.