Teaching Library and Legal Research Skills to First-Year Law Students: The Role of Library Tours and Exercises

Zita Szabo, Eleni Borompoka

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    Abstract

    This chapter presents a model of library orientation for incoming undergraduate law students, using the Taylor Library at the University of Aberdeen as our example. The School of Law and the Library work together to ensure a smooth transition for students into undergraduate studies. We discuss the role of the library tours, library exercises, and quizzes in legal education focusing on the collaboration between the departments involved, the overall student response, and the contribution of library staff. Our analysis relies on a library survey supplemented with observations, feedback, and interviews and comprises data from the academic year 2015–16. Findings of the study suggest that students benefited from the activities of the orientation period, and our evidence shows that, partly due to the exercise, more students became regular library users.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationPlanning Academic Library Orientations
    Subtitle of host publicationCase Studies from Around the World
    EditorsKylie Bailin, Benjamin Jahre, Sarah Morris
    PublisherElsevier
    Pages125-133
    Number of pages9
    ISBN (Electronic)9780081021736
    ISBN (Print)9780081021712
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2018

    Keywords

    • Assessment
    • Partnerships
    • Targeting Specific Audiences
    • Technology

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