The Making of Modern Law: database trial

The Making of Modern Law: Trials, 1600-1926 describes the courtroom dramas that gripped American society, the British Empire, and the world. This fully-searchable digital collection includes unofficially published accounts of trials; official trial documents, briefs, and arguments; and official records of legislative proceedings, administrative proceedings, and arbitration sessions. The collection also supports studies in government, psychology, critical theory, theater and performance, gender studies, race studies, and journalism.  This Database is available until 3rd Feburary throughmaking-of-modern-law the portal, Llibrary and ICT tab, A-Z list.

Localaw content moving to Westlaw

Look out for some changes in Westlaw over the next few weeks.  The following looseleaf encyclopaedia, currently available via Localaw on the library’s database list will be moving to Westlaw.  This should happen by the end of September “subject to successful testing”.  That means the publications listed below will form part of the Book service in Westlaw.

  • Encyclopedia of Compulsory Purchase and Compensation
  • Encyclopedia of Environmental Health
  • Encyclopedia of Highway Law and Practice
  • Encyclopedia of Housing Law and Practice
  • Encyclopedia of Local Government Law
  • Encyclopedia of Planning Law and Practice
  • Encyclopedia of Road Traffic Law and Practice

This should mean, according to Westlaw,  that “you’ll be able to navigate the text more easily; perform searches more quickly and efficiently; use a vastly improved index search for quick access…”and ” ….join up your research with links to up-to-date content throughout the text”.

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey 1674-1913

This is “a fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London’s central criminal court”. It is one of a number of resources in the Connected Histories website and is obviously an important resource for the legal researcher.

It is also of value to historians and social researchers.  In the community histories section there are analyses of the minority communities in London: black communities, the Chinese, gypsies and travellers, Irish, Jewish and Hugenot communities. For the social historian the proceedings provide detailed evidence of “the sophisticated worlds and subcultures of London’s homosexual communities”. There are analyses of gender and crime seen through the Proceedings and of the types of punishments imposed. It is a rich source of information complemented by the site’s research and study guides.

The project is a collaboration between the Universities of Hertfordshire and Sheffield and the Open University.

Facebook, Twitter and humanitarian action

Read Rob Grace’s interesting post in the Harvard University Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR) blog on the important role social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, play in supporting humanitarian action. 

You can also  sign up for the Program’s forthcoming Web seminar on Social Media as a Tool for Humanitarian Protection which will take place at 2.30 pm our time on Thursday 10 May.

Index of Legal Terms – now available in Westlaw

The library’s Westlaw subscription now includes the Index of Legal Terms.  This allows you to search the following authoritative legal dictionaries:

Jowitt’s Dictionary of English Law
Stroud’s Judicial Dictionary of Words and Phrases
Osborn’s Concise Law Dictionary

Searching the Index will also help you find definitions from cases, legislation or journals.  Why not try it out?

My Westlaw

Law researchers will be interested to know that Westlaw now allows you to save searches and set up search alerts using the new My Westlaw feature. You will be prompted to set up your My Westlaw profile when you first log in to the database.

Click on Settings & Tools to access your research Trail, which records your various searches or retrieved documents. The default time limit is set to 14 days but you can reset this period.  

Perform a search and click on the “Save as Alert” link and decide how often you want to be notified about new material matching your search words.

Alternatively, click on the Alerts option at the top of the page, choose from a list of options and be notified about all new material on that subject.

For more information or for help, contact Janice at Magee or Joanne at Jordanstown.

Eagle-i Internet Portal for Law

Eagle-i Internet Portal for Law is a free to use dedicated portal to high quality legal information sources on the Web  from the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and is developed from its successful Eagle-i (Electronic Access to Global Legal Information).   Search by keyword(s) and filter by jurisdiction or information type. An advanced search is also available.

Coverage includes: UK, European, Foreign, Comparative and International law.

Oscola – new 4th edition available

Law researchers will be interested to know that, after much consultation, a shiny new version of OSCOLA has been launched.  It inclues some useful clarification on entries, additional examples and a Quick Reference section at the back.  There is also expanded treatment of domestic legal sources, including Northern Ireland.  All your citation problems solved…probably.