Having taken part in the excellent 12 Apps of Christmas (view an interview with the creators), I finally got round to re-visiting some of the resources we looked at. As someone keen on current awareness (I read the news on my phone obsessively), I love this simple news aggregator, quaintly named Feedly. Basically you can easily follow any websites of organisations, youtube channels, companies and news sites using RSS feeds, and view their most recent content in one place.
I use Feedly in the simplest way possible. I went to the website at Feedly.com – which you can also download as an app – and looked for my favourite news websites using the search box. As a Law Librarian, the first sites I added were Times Law and the Guardian Law. To keep up to date with Business news, I added Harvard Business Review and one of the many Economist feeds. I follow THE for education news and a friend’s WordPress blog for fun. It’s very quick to set up and very easy to check.
The menu on the left hand side is a list of all the sites I am following – I can click on them individually to see their recent content, or click on the Today button to see all sites that were updated today. The search box in the middle allows you to search by topic or for a specific site, or you can browse by clicking on one of the subject options – although the results lean towards US material.
The site is clear and uncluttered, and you can click on the links to go directly to the original page.
There are lots of additional features – you can save directly to Evernote or OneNote, recommend or share sites, send links to colleagues or students, tweet articles… glancing through all the latest stories and updates can take as little as 10 minutes a day. You can create ‘Knowledge Boards’ where you can save key articles to go back to at a later date.
The main problem is that there’s no excuse to not knowing what is going on!
For anyone looking for international legal material, WestlawNext is the database for you!
WestlawNext is the new name for Westlaw International. If you have used it before, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. The look and feel have recently changed, so it is a lot easier to use. WestlawNext provides access to law resources from the following jurisdictions: Australia, Canada, US, Hong Kong and Korea (oddly). There are also some Business Law materials for other countries including UAE and Iran.
If you are on campus, you can access WestlawNext directly from the following link: Westlaw International. If you are at home, it takes a bit longer… log in as usual to Westlaw and then click on Services. Choose International Material from the list.
WestlawNext is the US version of our own Westlaw UK, so the main page gives a list of links for all countries other than the US. This means that if you want US materials, you need to click on the WestlawNext logo at the top left of the page. You can then choose to search using the main search box at the top, or select specific materials such as Federal Cases, Statutes and Court Rules, or Secondary Sources (journals and encyclopedia). You can keep browsing to find a specific source, or use the search box which will default to search whatever content you have selected.
To view material from other countries, click on International Materials and select the country you want to research from the list. Again the search box at the top will default to whichever jurisdiction you choose. You can also search across all International Materials, but make sure your search is specific otherwise you will bring back a lot of results – for example, use quotation marks around case names or phrases.
If you want more detail of the content contained in the database, click on the International Materials Index link for a list, or the Secondary Sources Index for a list of US journals and Encyclopedia. Still confused? Don’t panic! We have helpsheets, video and top tips on our Library Moodle site for Law, or email me at [email protected] for a step-by-step demo.