We will be holding drop-in Welcome Tours here the McClay Library for new students during the last three weeks of September, with times as follows:
Welcome to Queen's!
As a new law student there are 5 things you need to know now:
Academic content has been peer-reviewed before publication. This means that academic experts in the subject area have reviewed and checked it for quality. So you can trust it is high quality and acceptable to use in your assignments.
There are three main types of academic content you will be expected to find as a university student: books, chapters in books and journal articles. The main vehicle you will use to find content is your Queen's University Library catalogue.
To help you identify the correct book on your reading list, note the first author, edition and publication year. To find this specific book type the author surname and the title into the Library catalogue. This book is only available as a print book, but there are Short Loan as well as Standard Loan copies in the Library. Standard Loan copies may be found on Floor 2 of the McClay Library at Shelfmark KL131.35 FINC
To search for books, go to the Library website and use Library Catalogue. Type in a few words from the title of the book you need, or type in a keyword to view all books in the Library about that topic. The Library Catalogue will show the locations of all print copies of books that you can borrow. It will also include links to any books are available for you read on-line in e-book format.
Note the word "in". The chapter here is called 'United Nations'. It was published as a book called International human rights law. To find this chapter, search the Library Catalogue using the first editor of the book and the book title. When you have the book, check the the contents page to find the chapter you need.
Note the year, 2004, the volume number 29 and first page of the article here: 1. Journals are published periodically, usually several times a year, so there could be several volumes for the same year. There are two ways to find this:
Library Catalogue (Search anything) will search across all the journals subscribed to by the Library, and display a list of articles relevant to your topic. Read, and download an article by clicking on the link that appears underneath the article details. Follow the link through to the relevant publisher's website and log in with your student number and password if prompted to do so. Most articles will be available for you to print or save in PDF format.
If you want to search within one specific journal go to Journal Search to look for the journal you need of browse by first letter. If the Library subscribes to the journal, it will appear in the list of results. Click the Full Text link to access content.
The main types of legal content you will need to find are cases and legislation. As a law student, you will be expected to use legal databases to search for legal content.
Case law references
Giles v Thompson  2 W.L.R. 908 - law report only
Corr v IBC Vehicles Ltd  UKHL 13,  1 AC 884 - a neutral citation, but in line with good practice the law report has been included. See Finding cases.
Human Rights Act 1998
Human Rights Act, s 15(1) (b) - Specifically citing paragraph (b) of subsection (1) of section 15
The main legal databases we use at Queen's are:
Find these databases and others in the Law Databases A-Z on this guide, or on the Library Catalogue page in the Databases link.
To get started, refer to your module handbook or reading list provided by your tutor. This will provide details of all material you need to read for your assignments. Much of this content may be available to you on Canvas, but in some cases you may be expected to find books, book chapters and journal articles yourself using the Library at Queen's. This guide will get you started.
If you would like a refresher on academic expectations and working with scholarly material at university the best place to start is with our short Transition Skills online course. This will outline what is expected of you at university.
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