Library Essay Competition

The closing date for the Library Essay Competition has now been extended until the end of the Summer term (13th June).   So, if you’d like a chance of winning £100 in Amazon vouchers, all you need to do is:

  • Tell us how you feel the  Library and its resources are an important partner when researching and writing an assignment. 
  • You can include a variety of resources e.g. print, electronic, staff or building resources. 
  • The essay will need to be 700-1000 words or you can make a submission via other media, such as a video or podcast. 

There will be one award each for an undergraduate student and a post-graduate student. To be eligible for the award, a student must be a currently enrolled undergraduate or postgraduate student of Swansea University at the time of submission.  For more information, see: 


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Ebrary Law Books- Thousands of Law Titles


Need authoritative information?

Swansea University Library offers e-books via Ebrary from trusted publishers in all academic subject areas along with powerful research tools with Academic Complete™! There are thousands of law titles to choose from.

Click here to see the list : Ebrary Law Books

New: Download e-books onto multiple devices. And try ebrary’s app for the Android or iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch!




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Insight- New Service in Westlaw UK


Westlaw UK Insight is the start of a new, dynamic and ever-expanding online legal encyclopedia.
Intuitively arranged by topic and with direct links to key related content, it enables you to quickly find the information you need. With succinct, up-to-date and expert guidance on the law, Insight is the perfect starting point for your your research.

Westlaw UK Insight provides users with a more practical way to begin their research and find the content that is most important to you – offering an entirely new research experience.Image

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Westlaw announce new Law Student service…Press Release



As well as providing a single location for training resources, we will also be providing regular content on the site throughout the year. Have an explore now at


  • In-depth author features (every month)
  • Round-up of legal market news (monthly)
  • Round-up of law-related news (monthly)
  • Monthly Nutshell
  • Monthly Nutcase
  • Osborn Word of the Week
  • Podcast (monthly)
  • Westlaw UK tips and what’s new (monthly)
  • Textbook updates (when released)


  • Moderated comment forum for every post
  • Westlaw UK Certification interactive modules (coming October)
  • Westlaw UK training videos
  • Westlaw UK, Lawtel and Westlaw International User Guides
  • View content by category or need – learn the law, and research the law
  • Integrated Twitter Feed and Facebook
  • More on the way…

Below is a suggested template which may be useful if you wish to communicate the new site to your students.


Thomson Reuters, publishers of Westlaw UK and Sweet & Maxwell, produce a range of content and support to help you on the journey from student to lawyer. You can now find everything you need for learning and researching the law in one place at

* Get certified in Westlaw UK for extra CV points
* Stay up-to-date with news round-ups & expert answers
* Learn on the move with free monthly Podcasts
* Revise with regular Nutcases & Nutshells
* Career guides and profiles to inspire

Get started at

Our trainers are on hand to answer your questions at
Stay up-to-date by following our twitter feed
Listen to our updates by our authors and editors by subscribing on iTunes

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Seville University Law Librarian Visit

During the Summer we were lucky enough to welcome Maria Jose Martínez Ruiz to Swansea University Information Services and Systems (ISS).  Maria has been a University Librarian for 21 years in Spain, and she has spent the last 15 years working as the Law Librarian based at Universidad de SevillaBiblioteca de Derecho y Ciencias del Trabajo (University of Seville, Law and Labour Library).

Maria spent a week here in the Library learning about how Swansea University provides high quality books and electronic resources to their students both on and off-campus.  She was able to do this by being awarded a grant through the Erasmus programme which gives University staff the opportunity to spend a short period of time teaching or working in a partner University.

(L-R) Clare Boucher, Maria Jose Martínez Ruiz , Sean Barr

Maria said “Swansea University Library is very modern, and having all the services in the same place is better.  The staff based in the Library are very nice and friendly.  The old part of the campus is very pretty and Swansea is a marvellous city, it’s very green and tranquil”

Maria spent the week sharing best practice with various departments in ISS, including our careers service.  Maria said “In Sevilla we do not have a careers service, Swansea University’s careers service is a good idea.”

It was also a great opportunity for staff members based here in ISS to exchange ideas with Maria.  Sean Barr, Law Librarian here at Swansea University said “It’s been a great opportunity to meet with a colleague from abroad.  It has  been great to exchange ideas and to learn about how Spanish Academic Libraries support their students.”

Katrina Dalziel, Deputy Subject Librarian for the College of Medicine also added “Maria has implemented some great ideas and tools in her library in Spain, especially the virtual online chat facility, where students can ask questions straight away in a chat pane.  It’s also been really useful to see how Maria uses Social Media tools in her library to contact students.”

Finally Maria added “I will be taking back a lot of great ideas from Swansea University Library, in Sevilla we are a lot stricter but here you have a cafe in your library and a book drop where you can return books even when the library is closed.”

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