Oxford Legal Research Library

Library services now gives you access to the Oxford Legal Research Library online platform, where you can read over 90 books on four different areas: International Commercial Arbitration, International Commercial Law, Financial Banking, and Private International Law.

What titles are available?

A few titles are relevant, whether you’re a postgraduate student, an undergraduate or a distance learner.

For example, if you are taking a module on International Commercial Law, you have access to key texts such as Goode’s “Transnational Commercial Law: Texts, Cases and Materials”; or “The International Sale of Goods” and “The Sale of Goods” both written by Michael Bridge. All these titles used to only be available in print, while now you can access them from wherever you are. A book on the topic which we didn’t use to have access to, is “Schlechtriem & Schwenzer: Commentary on the UN Convention on the International Sale of Goods”, the most authoritative commentary on the CISG.

If you are studying Financial and Banking Law, you will be happy to know that we have access to “Mann on the Legal Aspect of Money”, which analyses both private and public law of money. You also have access to “McKnight, Paterson, and Zakrzewski on The Law of International Finance” which analyses English law relating to international finance transactions

The UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules: A Commentary” is a great resource if you’re studying International Commercial Arbitration, as it explains the UNCITRAL Rules recommended for use in 1976 by the United Nations.

How do I get a list of all the titles?

Once you’re logged in, look at the menu on the right hand-side and click on “Title List”: in this way you can browse all the available books, even if you don’t know the title!

How do I access the Oxford Legal Research Library?

To access it, search for “Oxford Legal Research Library” in our catalogue (www.city.ac.uk/library). Log in using your City username and password.

Library Services also provides access to Oxford Competition Law.

New resources available on Westlaw

Library Services now provides all current City students access to a huge range of books and looseleaf encyclopaedias on Westlaw.

Previously, access was limited to a small selection of titles such as The White Book, Archbold, and Palmer’s Company Law. Our new extended subscription gives access to over 300 books, including 66 looseleaf works  and all the Common Law Library titles.

What subjects are covered?

These titles cover a lot of different law topics: Company & Commercial, Crime, EU and International Law, Land and Property, Litigation, Tort and many more.

There are now 9 new arbitration titles in the collection, for example Davidson on Arbitration, Handbook of UNCITRAL Arbitration, and Russell on Arbitration.

Shipping books such as Snell’s Equity, Kennedy Rose on the Law of Salvage, and Scrutton on Charter parties are now available online, which means you don’t have to wait to get your hands on it!

We also subscribe to 66 looseleaf works. This means you don’t have to come to the library to access important material such as UK Oil & Gas law; Mitchell, Taylor and Talbot on Confiscation and the Proceeds of Crime; or Emmett & Farrand on Title. It’s all available from your computer and you can access it from everywhere.

You also have now access to all the Common Law Library titles, such as: Bowstead & Reynolds On Agency; Gatley on Libel and Slander; Goff & Jones: The Law of Unjust Enrichment and many others.

If you’re already writing your dissertation, you’ll be happy to know that, thanks to this, the library is in a better position to support you as even more content will be accessible remotely.

Not a law student? We have a lot of titles on banking and finance, and also business, accounting and health and social care.

How do I get a list of all the available books?

Does this sound interesting but you’re unsure which books are in the collection?

There are many books available, some of which you may be unfamiliar with as we have never had them before. To get a full list, search “Westlaw” in our catalogue (www.city.ac.uk/library) and log in using your City username and password. From the top menu click on “Books”: you can see all the titles included in our subscription. If you wish, you can also filter the titles by subject area, by using the menu on the left-hand side.

Take a break

At this time of year you’ll be busy revising and preparing for your exams, and many of you will be spending a lot of time in the Library, especially as we’re open 24/7. But it’s important to remember that taking rest breaks, eating and sleeping are extremely important activities too: health and wellbeing are crucial to achieving exam success.

With this in mind, we have a few suggestions to help

“Colour me calm” notebook

Adult colouring books have been some of the bestsellers in recent years… Is it anything to do with ever-growing levels of stress? At City Library we’re joining in the craze again, this time by bringing a whole notebook filled with pages to colour for you to escape into.

Word search & Sudoku

If colouring is not your thing, why don’t you pick up one of the word searches created by Library staff? There are four of them available in the library, each one with a different theme.

If you’re deep into writing and want to have a break from words, you can also try our sudokus. You can find three different ones at the Library Service Desk, feel free to have a go on all of them.

Have a break from the studies and don’t forget to share your results on Instagram & Twitter with us.

Law Resources: JustCite

What is JustCite?

JustCite is a legal search engine and citator that indexes and cross references case law and legislation from the UK, Ireland, and other common law jurisdictions. It does not provide full text results, however it provides links to full text content on other databases, such as Westlaw and LexisLibrary.

Why is JustCite useful?

If you don’t know whether to search a case on Westlaw, Lexis, or another database, you can start your research on JustCite.

All on one screen, you can see where a case has been reported and which of these reports City provides access to; you get a list of parallel citations; and you can understand immediately which is the most authoritative citation in the case’s history.

As a plus, JustCite also shows you how a case has been treated subsequently.

How do I log in?

Select JustCite from the databases list, and log in using your City username and password. You then need to click on the “Sign in” button on the top right hand side of the screen, and from there select “Academic – Athens Sign In” (please see screenshots below).

Now select “City, University of London” from “Find your organisation”. You might need to insert your City username and password another time.

First steps using JustCite

Let’s say you are looking for the following case:

Lucasfilm ltd v Ainsworth

Type the 2 party names into the search bar and hit the green button. From the list of results, select the case.

An overview of the whole case will be shown: there is a short summary of the case, the key cases considered, eventual recent articles published about it, the legislation and the EU information considered, and full text links to the actual transcripts or report(s).

On the right of the screen, there is a list of parallel citations. The most authoritative citation is pointed out by a yellow arrow.

In order to see if the full text of the judgment is available through library resources, click on the citation (e.g., on “Law Reports” under the “Supreme Court of England” headline), and select the database of your choice from the drop down list. In this instance, you can see the full-text is available both on LexisLibrary and Westlaw.

Note: To link through to LexisLibrary records please ensure that you have opened and logged into LexisLibrary first.

Also, when clicking through to a Westlaw record, please choose the Athens link rather than the home institution link:

Need an in-depth guide?

If you need more information and want to make the best out of JustCite, please get a “Getting Started” guide in Gray’s Inn Place Library or the Innovation Centre Library. Ask the staff at the Library Service Desk if you can’t find one.

OSCOLA Tutorial

The Oxford University Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA) is a guide to legal citation and it is the standard citing and referencing format used by The City Law School.
Citing what you have read to complete an assignment is not only important to avoid plagiarism, but it also makes your argument stronger.
Where do I start?
First, download the OSCOLA Handbook. The guide contains all the rules you need to know.
Then you can check the interactive tutorial that Library Services, in cooperation with LEaD, have put together. You can find it in our Citing & Referencing guide:
The tutorial will guide you through everything you need to know.
Need further help?
If after doing the tutorial you are still confused or you have questions to ask, come along to meet your subject librarian at the following times and locations:
Innovation Centre Library 1st floor, every Wednesday from 1-3pm
Gray’s Inn Place Library, every Thursday 11am-1pm.
Ask at the Library Service Desk if you get lost!


Getting to Know CityLibrary

The first “Getting to Know CityLibrary” competition has started today! To take part, grab a card at Freshers’ Fair or Induction Week and answer the four questions on the back. Don’t worry, if you miss these events, you can still pick one at any of our Library Service Desks.

What can you win?
Our first prize is a 1 day membership at CitySport, which will allow you to try their gym and classes. We are also giving books on study skills, like “Palgrave Students Planner” to help organising your studying, and print credit.

Questions are all Library related, and they can all be answered by visiting www.city.ac.uk/library. We will also be dropping tips and hints on our Twitter account, so don’t forget to follow us @CityUniLibrary: look for #CityLibraryQuiz!

Once completed, return the card to any of our Libraries and post it in the box at the Library Service Desk. Don’t forget to write your name and City email address.

Completed cards must be returned by 1st December 2017. Winners will be selected at random from all complete and correct entries and will be notified by email to the City email address supplied on the card.

Meet the team: Law Team

The Law Team works across two libraries, Gray’s Inn Place Library and Innovation Centre Library, which you can access using your City card. The team makes sure both libraries run smoothly throughout the week, checking the environment and answering students’ questions.

All City students are welcome to study at the Law Libraries, but the available material on the shelves (books, journals, reports) is law-focused.

The team is made up of the following people:

Martin Edwards – User Services Librarian
Martin is the User Services Librarian. He manages the frontline staff and is the person to contact should you have issues with your Library account. You can also contact him regarding feedback, complaints or general enquiries.

Martin also manages the library spaces, making sure the study environment is appropriate and meets your learning needs.

You can contact Martin at Martin.Edwards@city.ac.uk

Rob Hodgson – Subject Librarian
Rob is the Subject Librarian for Law. He is your contact for all things relating to library resources and library support for teaching and learning. Book a one-to-one appointment with him to learn how to use databases and other resources effectively, discuss literature searching for your dissertation, get help with citing and referencing using OSCOLA (citing correctly is the only way to avoid plagiarism) and more! Rob also runs training workshops throughout the year which can be booked via the Library Calendar.

You can drop in without appointment during his office hours. You can find him at the Innovation Centre library on Wednesdays between 1-3pm and at Gray’s Inn Place (Room 1/04) on Thursdays from 11-1pm.

You can contact Rob at Robert.Hodgson@city.ac.uk

Hilary Vieitez – Research Librarian
Hilary is the Research Librarian for Law, supporting academic staff and PhD students at The City Law School with their research needs. She offers both one-to-one training and group workshops. Areas in which she can offer support and advice include: literature searching techniques; how to track down resources for your research; effective use of reference management tools; and correct citing and referencing.

You can contact Hilary at Hilary.Vieitez.1@city.ac.uk

Stefanie McDade – Senior Information Assistant
Stefanie worked at The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn Library for 2 years assisting barrister and student members of the Inn with their legal enquiries. She therefore has a lot of experience and can help you with your legal research, and with OSCOLA too.

You can contact Stefanie at Stefanie.McDade@city.ac.uk

Information Assistants & Evening and Weekend Team
Every day from Monday to Friday, you can ask for help at the desk from our Information Assistants: Alex, Conor, Martina and Monika; and, if you use the library in the evenings or at the weekends, you will find Carol, Emma, Josephine, Mark, Steffi or William available to assist you.

Our staff can help you with: finding books on the shelf, printing, reading a report citation, using the catalogue; and have all been trained on how to use key law resources like Westlaw or Lexis. They will also be able to refer you to the right person should your enquiry require a more in-depth answer.

You can get in touch with the team at LawLibrary@city.ac.uk