IALS
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
School of Advanced Study, University of London
Developing National Online Services
for Law at the
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Leading Research
Facilitation in Law
Facilitation in Law
2012
Role of IALS
• UK’s postgraduate legal research centre and national law library
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Established in 1947 as part of University of London
But with a national role and clientele
Member-Institute of the School of Advanced Study
Facilitates legal research for MPhil/PhD students + legal scholars
(London, UK and internationally)
– Additionally provides services to judiciary and legal profession
– Collaboration (BL, Oxford, Cambridge and international partners)
• Resource development
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Integrated Institute and library (inform and enhance each other)
Legal information discovery and delivery systems
National online legal services
Research facilitation tools
IALS role in support of legal research communities in the UK and
internationally (increasingly via digital means)
www.ials.sas.ac.uk
IALS website
Leading Research Facilitation
in Law
Bringing the Institute, its Global
Law Library and services to you
Information on IALS activities
and services
Online access to resources
Integrated web components
(connected and participatory)
Starting points for research
www.ials.sas.ac.uk
12,726,388 hits in 2011/2012
3,100,351 views in 2011/2012
662,885 visitors in 2011/2012
From over 135 countries
National services
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IALS website – resources of the Institute and its Library
BAILII – British and Irish Legal Information Institute
CLRT - Current Legal Research Topics
Digitisation – IALS online collections
Eagle-i – Electronic Access to Global Legal Information
Internet for Law Tutorial (UK Virtual Training Suite)
IALS SKiLLS – Source + Know-how in legal literacy skills
FLAG – Foreign Law Guide
FIT – Flare Index to Treaties
FOGG – Foreign Official Government Gazettes
IALS LawCAST
IALS E-repository – SAS-Space
Amicus Curiae online
BAILII
British and Irish legal
Information Institute
• Based at IALS. Providing
online facilities for legal
research to ordinary citizens
• Free and frequently updated
online access to British and
Irish case law and legislation.
Maximising access to promote
justice, understanding and the
rule of law
• Recognised by the Guardian
newspaper as one of the 100
essential websites
www.bailii.org
• 31,546,340 page views in
2011/2012
CLRT
Current Legal Research Topics
• Database detailing theses in
progress concerned with legal
research topics
• UK Universities MPhil / PhD
• Data protection issues +
potential for self-submission
• 11,824 views in 2011-2012
• IALS long-established work on
paper version – web database
enabling us to enhance + update
the service.
http://ials.sas.ac.uk/library/clrt/clrt.htm
Digitisation
• Catalogue enhancement
• Full digital copies via
library catalogue
• Access + preservation
• Shipping law treatises from
15th – 20th century
• Rare items from
Commonwealth collection
(eg NSW proclamations)
• International collaboration –
http://ials.sas.ac.uk/library/digital/digital.htm LLMC Digital service
Eagle-i portal
Electronic Access to Global
Legal Information
• New national Internet Portal
for Law – locating the best of
the legal web
• Evaluative records of sites
that support research, learning
and teaching
• Harvested + enhanced records
from Intute: law for ongoing
update to continue service for
UK legal research community
www.ials.sas.ac.uk/eagle-i.htm
• Simple and advanced search
• Browse facility
Contents
High quality web resources
• Resources covering UK, foreign,
comparative and international law
• Primary legal materials (legislation, cases)
• Government departments and bodies
• Professional organisations and societies
• Law firm and Chambers sites
• Electronic journals
• Research centres and project sites
• Bibliographic data and legal research guides
www.ials.sas.ac.uk/eagle-i.htm
Resource types
Associations
Bibliographic material
Blogs
E books
Governmental Organisations
Government publications
Journals full text
Law Reports
Legal profession
Legislation
Learning materials
News
Papers reports articles texts
Professional Organisations
Research centres + projects
Resource guides + directories
Treaties
www.ials.sas.ac.uk/eagle-i.htm
Resource records
• Offer detailed “intelligence” about
the high quality web resources
• Evaluative site profiles and
resource descriptions written by
legal information specialists
• Validating sources + revealing
qualities
• Authority – who is responsible
• Aims – target audience
• Scope – coverage, currency +
contents
• Format of online documents
• Access + any subscriptions
• Languages + variant URLs
www.ials.sas.ac.uk/eagle-i.htm
How can I use EI?
• Find free sources of primary legal materials
(legislation, case law and treaties)
• Find resources for different jurisdictions,
international law and legal subject areas
• Find government sites and legislative
materials and papers or educational materials
or suitable journals and articles
• Pick up RSS feed of new additions
• Suggest a site
• Download Quick Guide (PDF)
http://ials.sas.ac.uk/eaglei/project/eiproject.htm
Internet Skills
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Why use Eagle-i?
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Google / Google scholar (noise)
Internet subject gateways (select)
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Avoid excessive “noise”
Become “streetwise”
Who? What? Where? When?
Appropriateness – right tools at
the right time
Assess relevance and authenticity
Evaluate information and its
sources critically and incorporate
selected information into own work
/ knowledge base
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“Map reading” and “Multitasking”
Internet for Law
Internet for Law
Interactive online tutorial
• Tour
• Discover
• Judge
• Success
Consider and test Internet
research skills in context of legal
information: quality and
evaluation issues.
Quizzes, examples, scenarios +
links + sample uses of Eagle-i
http://www.vtstutorials.co.uk/tutorial/law
Current edition from IALS
updated Jan 2011
130,000+ views per annum
IALS SKiLLS
Sources + Know-How in Legal
Literacy Skills:
• ready access to a wealth of
legal research and information
skills resources freely available
on the Internet
• some materials created by
IALS Library’s own staff. Others
produced in UK universities and
internationally
http://ials.sas.ac.uk/library/skills/skills.htm
• aims to share established
expertise and support those
new to an area of legal study
and research as well as
distance learning programmes
FLAG
Foreign Law Guide
• Where to find foreign law in
UK libraries
• Print or microform
collections of primary law in
serial publication (legislation,
law reports, digests etc)
• Collection descriptions and
locations
• Library contact and access
details (university + national
libraries)
http://ials.sas.ac.uk/flag.htm
• 43,093 views in 2011/2012
• Content update in 2010
Index to Treaties
Free searchable database
• Basic information on over
2,000 of the most significant
multilateral treaties from
1353 to the present
•Significant bilateral treaties
signed between 1353 and
1815
• Details of where the full text
of each treaty is published in
paper and, if available, link to
electronic form on the
Internet as free online texts
http://ials.sas.ac.uk/treatyindex.htm
• Citation + abbreviations
guidance
FLARE Group
Foreign Law Research Group
• Chaired by IALS. Collaboration
between major libraries collecting
law in UK and the British Library.
• Co-operative collection
development
• Research guides + training
• Union List of Foreign
Official Gazettes – new project
to create web database version
http://ials.sas.ac.uk/flare/flare.htm
• 57,286 views in 2011/2012
FOGG
Flare Foreign Official
Government Gazettes db
• Bibliographic and source
information (including details
of print holdings in UK
libraries and links to online
versions) for foreign official
government gazettes
publishing primary and
secondary legislation
• Entries for online gazettes
containing legislation from
other jurisdictions beyond
Europe are also included
http://ials.sas.ac.uk/flare/flare_fog_unionlist_europe.htm
IALS LawCAST
Online law lecture videos
and podcasts
• Find law lecture videos and
sound recordings from IALS
• Select by name of speaker,
topic keyword, lecture title
etc.
• Continuously Accessible
Scholarly Transmissions for
legal researchers
http://193.62.18.232/dbtw-wpd/textbase/lawCAST.htm
IALS E-repository
IALS Community on
SAS-Space
• Preprints of articles by
IALS staff and visiting fellows
• IALS LLM / MA
dissertations online
• Social network extensions
(Comment, note, tag)
• JISC Open Access Journal
project – Amicus Curiae
http://sas-space.sas.ac.uk/view/divisions/ials.html
Amicus Curiae
Journal of the Society for
Advanced Legal Studies and
the Institute of Advanced
Legal Studies
• SAS Open Journal System
• “ A Friend of the Court”
• Online from issue 1 (1997) to
pre-current issue
• Full-text articles in PDF
• Browse + Search options
http://journals.sas.ac.uk/amicus
Electronic Law Library
Includes links to all the online
services created by IALS.
Also:
caLIM Current awareness
for legal information
professionals
and more…
http://ials.sas.ac.uk/library/eservice/elibrary.htm
Keeping in touch…
IALS contacts
Email IALS
[email protected]
Visit IALS website
www.ials.sas.ac.uk
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