17 October 2016

Are you a law student? Would you like to be a Certified Westlaw UK researcher?

Aston University Library and your Westlaw student trainer, Karendeep Kaur have organised a series
of WestlawUK training workshops that will prepare you for a short test at the end of the workshop.   Once you have completed the short test you will be given a certificate to prove your research skills using the database.

The Certification Training workshop gives you an interactive walk-through of Westlaw UK. The Westlaw trainer - Ramita Kahlon, will take you step-by-step through everything you need to know to be a Westlaw UK power user. If you decide to take the test and pass, you’ll be Certified in Westlaw UK and be sent a certificate to demonstrate your skills.

There are two levels of certification:

Basic Certification: Introduction covering effective searching, refining results and using status icons to ensure you are using ‘good’ law.

Advanced Certification: Once you’ve completed Basic, you can move onto Advanced, covering Boolean search connectors, Judicial consideration of case law, legislative modifications and derivation tables, EU and other advanced topics.

If you are interested in booking in to these workshops, they will be running on Tuesday 1st November, 2016 as part of your study week. In the morning, there will be a BASIC workshop, followed by an ADVANCED workshop. These workshops will be repeated in the afternoon. You can book on to just the BASIC workshop but you will need to have completed a BASIC session before moving on to ADVANCED.

You can book on to the Westlaw training workshops Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at the Library entrance. Just sign up on the sheets provided on the display table.

You can also book on to the workshops via Karendeep Kaur's Legal Research Facebook page or via

Morning Sessions

Afternoon Sessions

14:45-16:15     Book on to Advanced Certification (repeat session)

You can also meet and talk to Karendeep Kaur about Westlaw on Wednesday afternoons in L207, 2nd floor Library Buildin.


26 September 2016

Aston Authors - Sharpen your Open Access & Open Data Know-How

Do you have questions about Open Access publishing or Open Data? Would you like to know more about the policies and how to achieve compliance, e.g. for HEFCE, RCUK and the EC? Do you need help using Pure to upload publications and/or datasets?

Whether you are new to Aston or require a refresher session, specialists in Open Access (Malcolm Horne), Open Data (Ammar Wahid) and Pure (Paul Jones) will be running training sessions in MB525b on the following dates:
Tuesday 4th October 2-4pm
Thursday 13th October, 2-4pm
Wednesday 19th October, 10-12am
Tuesday 25th October 10 -12am
Thursday 27th October 2-4pm 

To book your place on one of the above please contact openaccess@aston.ac.uk

20 September 2016

Freshers - Information Market

The Information Market is a chance to find out about all the support services in the University and how they can help you.  You can find it in the Main Building just follow the signs for the Great Hall anytime between 11:00 and 15:00.

Come along and chat to services such as Sports Aston, Mentoring, Careers, Learning Development Centre, Banks, Counselling Service, Wellbeing, Environmental, Chaplaincy and much much more.  All the stands will have goodies and information to take away.

The Library stand will feature the infamous Target Game.  Pit your wits against the board to try and win a prize. 

There is a chance to win "Tea for Two" at Boston Tea Party on Corporation Street, 32G memory sticks and other goodies.

You can also ask the friendly library staff any questions you might have about the Library service or just come along for a chat, to mingle with the other students and there are always chocolates - lots of chocolates

4 August 2016

Library Go Green Team are Winners!

Library Staff enjoyed a selection of Fair Trade treats courtesy of the The Library Go Green Team.  Why?  The Team were awarded GOLD at the Go Green Awards winning a number of goodies including T-Shirts, Fair trade Coffee, Tea, Chocolate and Cake.  Congratulations to all the other winners including The Disability Team, The Hub and The MLK.  Well Done everyone.

2 August 2016