We often receive requests from students for help with databases, but did you know that there’s a student specialist who can help you with all things Westlaw? Sofia Renshaw is available to answer questions, provide training and has a load of tips and tricks for getting the best from this popular legal database.
I am Sofia and I am currently in my final year studying Law at the University of Edinburgh. I applied for the role of Westlaw Student Representative as I recognise the importance of Westlaw as a resource for law students, particularly as we move to increased online teaching. Westlaw is an invaluable source for students at all stages of their law career and I recommend knowing how to use effectively as early as possible so you can get the most out of it in the coming years! I think that one of the most useful features of Westlaw is the precedent map. This allows you to see where a case has been cited and trace back through authorities to ensure the case you are using represents good law and strengthens any points you are making!
Westlaw training sessions are interactive and aim to prepare you for Westlaw Basic and Advanced certifications which you can put on your CV – remember that 94 of the top 100 UK law firms use Westlaw so this is a really valuable addition to any CV! I can also offer 1:1 sessions if there are specific concerns you wish to have assistance with and I run weekly Drop In Clinics where you can ask any questions!
Not available to attend live sessions, or feel that your dissertation is still too far away to plan for? Don’t worry! Most live sessions will be recorded and made available after the Dissertation Festival to be used asynchronously at a time that suits you. The Subject Guide will be updated after the events have taken place with more information.
We’re now in week three of semester one, and by this point we’ve been able to conduct introductory ‘Using the Library’ presentations for undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD level students. If you weren’t able to attend the sessions at the time you will be able to catch up by watching the videos which we’ve uploaded to our Media Hopper Channel, here:
Screen grab of the Law Librarian Media Hopper front page.
If you click in to the video that interests you you will also find the slides used for our presentation by clicking on the ‘attachments’ tab.
We intend to continue to upload useful videos on our channel throughout the year, including training and walkthroughs of using our databases, DiscoverEd, Referencing for Law, using reference managers, and any other relevant pieces of training or help we can offer. If you’ve got anything you’d like to see us include please let us know by leaving a comment or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.