16 October 2017

Law students - training certification in Westlaw

Aston Accelerator week is week beginning 30th October to 3rd November.  Aston Law School have a programme of activities to support you in law practice.  As part of the programme we are offering 3 Westlaw training workshops covering "Commercial Acumen" with a scenario based workshop, BASIC certification and ADVANCED Certification in WestlawUK.  All workshops will be run by a Westlaw trainer called Ramita Kahon and will be held in the Library

If you would like to participate in one or all of the workshops you can book now

Westlaw BASIC Certification (Book here)
Thursday 2nd November
Library Building, 2nd floor -L216
09:30-11:00

Covering the following topics
> Getting started
> Case Law
> Legislation

Westlaw ADVANCED Certification (Book here)
Please note you need to have attended BASIC to take the ADVANCED Certification
Thursday 2nd November
Library Building, 2nd floor - L216
11:15 - 13:00

Covering the following topics
> Boolean search connectors
> Judicial consideration of case law
> Legislative modifications and derivation tables
> EU and other advanced topics

Westlaw Law Research in Legal Practice (Book here)
Thursday 2nd November
Library Building, 2nd floor - L216
14:00-15:30

Covering legal practice, looking at your chosen area and how to use Westlaw for job applications and interviews.






6 September 2017

Aston Academics/Researchers - 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 to upload publications and/or datasets to our repositories (PURE/e-prints)?
Whether you are new to Aston or require a refresher session, specialists in Open Access (Malcolm Horne) and Open Data (Ammar Wahid) will be running a training session in MB525b on the following date:
Thursday 12th October, 2-3pm
After the session there will be time for optional hands-on help.  To book your place please contact openaccess@aston.ac.uk


18 July 2017

Law Students - commercial awareness webinar



Commercial awareness: what it is and how to show you have it!
Join Thomson Reuters (aka Westlaw UK and Practical Law) Summer Law School webinar on 24 July 2017 at 13.00-14.00.

The webinar will be presented by Kirsten Maslen, Head of Government and Academic at Thomson Reuters Legal and Ramita Kahlon, Customer Trainer also at Thomson Reuters Legal. They will be joined by legal experts to discuss the following topics:
·  What is commercial awareness?
·  What are the key challenges facing the legal market?
·  How do you talk about Brexit at interview?
·  How do you distinguish between law firms/chambers?
·  How to keep up to date with the latest legal developments
If you would like to join this webinar please register your interest here.
For any questions please contact Ramita.Kahlon@thomsonreuters.com



7 July 2017

NEXT Research Bite - EndNote

Research Bites are short, informal seminars on topics relevant to researchers at all levels, run by Library Services. The aim is to deliver useful information, start discussions and answer questions for the benefit of anyone conducting research at Aston University.

Whether you want a quick refresher on a single topic or a comprehensive updating of your information and research skills, you will find something for you.

When: 1pm, Wednesdays in July and August
Where: Library 2nd Floor Workshop A

For the full 2017 programme, see below.


Title Abstract
Review the content
EndNote
Are you drowning under piles of articles? Would you like a system which will organise and manage your references for you?  Try Endnote, the University recommended reference management software.  Find out how to utilise the system to store your articles and manage your references wherever you are working in the world. Wednesday 26th July
Clare Langman
Book Here
Measuring Research Impact - Bibliometrics
Bibliometrics are becoming increasingly important as a way to measure the performance and impact of individual researchers as well as academic institutions.  This session will look at how bibliometrics are being used and how they support the REF. Wednesday 2nd August
Nicola Dennis
Book Here
Grey Literature Have you ever struggled to locate material that was not published in a traditional database or index?  Are you looking to include such information in a systematic review?  Would you like to add value to your research?
You may have been looking for grey literature.  It is produced by academia, businesses, industry and all levels of government.  Grey literature is primary literature that can provide a wider and more up-to-date picture of current research.
Find out how you can enhance your research, where to find grey literature and how to evaluate it.
Wednesday 9th August
Kerstin Treder
Book Here
Open Access and Open Data
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 to upload publications and/or datasets to our repositories?  Whether you are a new researcher/PhD student to Aston or require a refresher session, specialists in Open Access (Malcolm Horne) and Open Data (Ammar Wahid) will be delivering this ResearchBite to guide you through the complexities and processes. Wednesday 16th August
Malcolm Horne
Ammar Wahid
Book Here

28 June 2017

JUSTIS Academy for law students and recent graduates





Learn essential legal research skills

At the start of your legal career, you could spend up to a third of your time conducting legal research. To succeed, you must be able to find answers quickly, and be confident that the information you provide is accurate and complete.

Justis Academy is a half-day course to master practical legal research skills and enhance your employability. Starting in London this summer, the Academy is open to all law students and trainee practitioners. It’s delivered in partnership with Ruth Bird, former Bodleian Law Librarian at the University of Oxford, and Emily Allbon, creator of Lawbore and Senior Lecturer at the City Law School (City, University of London).

The first course is sold out but you can register for information on the next event  

22 June 2017

Research Bites Summer Workshops

Research Bites are short, informal seminars on topics relevant to researchers at all levels, run by Library Services. The aim is to deliver useful information, start discussions and answer questions for the benefit of anyone conducting research at Aston University.

Whether you want a quick refresher on a single topic or a comprehensive updating of your information and research skills, you will find something for you.

When: 1pm, Wednesdays in July and August
Where: Library 2nd Floor Workshop A

For the full 2017 programme, see below.

Title Abstract Review the content
Advanced Literature Searching Whatever your current skill level in searching the literature, improve the speed, precision and recall of your searches. Wednesday 5th July
Richard Hopkins
Book Here
Ethics and code of practice of publishing in journals Publishing the findings of our research is an essential step in sharing our work with academics and practitioners who work in our field. But how can we ensure that the manuscripts we submit meet the ethical standards required by journal editors? This session examines best practice when preparing an article for publication and highlights some of the traps to avoid.  Please note the change of day
Friday 7th July

Jeanette Lilley
Book Here
EndNote
Are you drowning under piles of articles? Would you like a system which will organise and manage your references for you?  Try Endnote, the University recommended reference management software.  Find out how to utilise the system to store your articles and manage your references wherever you are working in the world. Wednesday 26th July
Clare Langman
Book Here
Measuring Research Impact - Bibliometrics
Bibliometrics are becoming increasingly important as a way to measure the performance and impact of individual researchers as well as academic institutions.  This session will look at how bibliometrics are being used and how they support the REF. Wednesday 2nd August
Nicola Dennis
Book Here
Grey Literature Have you ever struggled to locate material that was not published in a traditional database or index?  Are you looking to include such information in a systematic review?  Would you like to add value to your research?
You may have been looking for grey literature.  It is produced by academia, businesses, industry and all levels of government.  Grey literature is primary literature that can provide a wider and more up-to-date picture of current research.
Find out how you can enhance your research, where to find grey literature and how to evaluate it.
Wednesday 9th August
Kerstin Treder
Book Here
Open Access and Open Data
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 to upload publications and/or datasets to our repositories?  Whether you are a new researcher/PhD student to Aston or require a refresher session, specialists in Open Access (Malcolm Horne) and Open Data (Ammar Wahid) will be delivering this ResearchBite to guide you through the complexities and processes. Wednesday 16th August
Malcolm Horne
Ammar Wahid
Book Here

21 June 2017

Need to find industry or economic statistics?



Aston University Library has a industry and economic statistics within a database called Passport.  This Euromonitor data is available for research on industries, countries and consumers. Passport us about to enhnce their statistics provision from the 3rd of July 2017. 


  • New statistics interface - a streamlined statistics page allows you to do more with the data both in and out of Passport

  • Pricing data type features -  updates to the pricing data allow you to change currencies and compare per unit prices across key brands