This guide is intended to acquaint STL students with valuable resources that the STL Law Library offers. Please refer to the 2023 Library Handbook and the STL Law Library's website for more information.
Frequently Used Resources
During your time at STL, we hope you take advantage of the myriad resources available to you through three libraries (STL Law Library, Shenzhen Univerisity Town Library, as well as Peking University Library). Some of the most frequently used resources include:
We can't wait to help you with using library services. We're here to help, so please ask if you have any questions!
Paper books can be searched through the UTL (Shenzhen University Town Library) and the Peking University Library websites. Simply enter the title of the book you are looking for in the library's search bar. Note that paper resources in the Peking University Library at the main campus can only be accessed by contacting STL Law librarians.
If you know the title of the journal, you can look it up directly by the journal name from library's website. If you find the abbreviation of a journal, you can go online and search for the full name before doing so. For example, the full name of E.J.I.L. is European Journal of International Law 1990-, so you need to type "European Journal of International Law" into the search box to search.
In addition, a law journal index is a compilation of law review and law-related articles organized by author, title, or subject. When you have some good search terms, such as the name of a case or the popular name of a statute, indexes can be a useful tool for finding highly relevant law review articles quickly.
Legaltrac (Coverage: 1980--)
LegalTrac provides indexing for more than 1,200 major law reviews, legal newspapers, specialty publications, Bar Association journals, and international legal journals, including more than 200 titles in full text.
Index to Legal Periodicals (Coverage: 1981--)
Index to Legal Periodicals contains records of articles from more than 900 journals and more than 1,400 monographs; the total number of records exceeds 500,000. The earliest articles date back to 1981.
Index to Legal Periodicals & Books数据库是法律类专业数据库。该库是已有50余年历史的法律期刊索引数据库，并且现已开始收录全文文献：1141种法律期刊、法学评论、年鉴、法律法规，律师协会、大学、政府机构出版物索引/文摘，最早回溯至1978年； 法学评论超过300种，超越任何其它同类数据库；483种全文出版物，多数经同行评审，最早回溯至1981年，包括新增美国律师协会18种全文期刊；每年新增1400份专著索引. 数据库内容每日进行更新.
Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals (IFLP) (Coverage: 1985--)
The Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals (IFLP) is the preeminent multilingual index to articles and book reviews appearing in more than 500 legal journals published worldwide. It provides in-depth coverage of public and private international law, comparative and foreign law, and the law of all jurisdictions including the United States, the U.K., Canada, and Australia. IFLP also analyzes the contents of individually published collections of legal essays, Festschriften, Mélanges, and congress reports each year.
The Web of Science platform connects the Web of Science Core Collection to regional citation indexes, patent data, specialized subject indexes, and an index of research data sets, all in all totaling over 33,000 journals. While focusing on scientific journals, Web of Science does include journals in the social sciences and law.
一个基于 Web的检索平台，以 Web of Science 为核心，整合了学术期刊（ISI Web of Science, Current Contents Connect）、发明专利 (Derwent Innovations Index)、会议录文献 (ISI Proceedings)、化学反应 (Current Chemical Reactions, Index Chemicus)、学术专著 （Current Contents Connect）、 研究基金 (ISI eSearch)、 Internet 免费资源 （External Collections）、学术分析与评价工具 （Journal Citation Reports）、学术社区 (ISI HighlyCited.com）及其它信息结构出品的重要学术信息资源 (BIOSIS Previews等)，提供了自然科学、工程技术、生物医学、社会科学、艺术与人文等多个领域的学术信息。
As an STL student, you can access and obtain online resources from the following three libraries:
Popular Legal e-Resources. Make sure you have your PKU-VPN turned on or log in to your UTL's library account before clicking on the link to access the resource.
About 100 kinds of paper textbooks are shelved in the STL Law Library and are currently only available for in-library reading. You may scan and photocopy using the printer in the library. The Print Textbook List is provided at the bottom of the page as reference.
The STL Law Library will update the titles of eTextbook regularly on eBooks & Course Materials Section.
For on-campus students, just visit the eBooks & Course Materials from the STL Law Library's website to obtain eTextbooks directly.
For off-campus students, you may need to log in to the I-research platform before access the subscribed e-Textbooks. Please refer to the I-research part in 2023 Library Handbook.
Study aids are supplemental sources that are designed to assist you with learning legal concepts. You can use study aids as explanatory material, gain background knowledge, and context on a legal topic. They can help clarify confusion and prepare for exams!
Below is an explanation of the most common types and series of study aids you may find.
…In a Nutshell (“Nutshells”)
This paperback series explains areas of law in a condensed quick overview format.
Examples & Explanations ("E&Es")
This series provides explanations and analysis for a legal topic and then gives examples to help fully understand the analysis. A series of problems at the end of each section help in testing understanding. Answers are provided.
These are sometimes referred to as student treatises; they are often authored by noted scholars. These books explain fundamental legal concepts in a narrative style.
This series features a scholarly and concise analysis of major areas of law by renowned faculty members.
This series provides an overview and analysis of different areas of law. They provide less analysis than hornbooks but more than Nutshells. This series is sometimes referred to mini-hornbooks.
Concepts and Insights
This publication explains major cases and issues in a simple and straightforward way.
Short and Happy Guide
This series explains difficult legal concepts in the simple terms with understanding techniques to master these concepts.
CALI (Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction) is a non-profit organization that provides tutorials on law school class subjects created by law professors. It also provides access to supplementary materials like e-books, outlines, and podcasts. Please contact the library for the account information.
Use OnePass to sign in to Westlaw Precision, TWEN, Practical Law, and Drafting Assistant Essential products.
Please contact our librarian to get your OnePass registration key.
The following is a quick tutorial on registering and using TWEN. In STL, you will use TWEN to access and receive course materials uploaded by professors, and also submit your assignments and projects through TWEN.
Step 1. Please go to this website https://lawschool.thomsonreuters.com/register/ to start your registration. Please enter your Registration Key Number and email address (it is better to use your STL email address).
Step 2. Complete your personal information and set your OnePass username and password. Please make sure to remember your OnePass and TWEN (same account) and keep it safe! Please remember your Username, Password, and Security Q&A!
Step 3. Click "Continue to Law School" to finish the Part Two Section. Select your "Time Zone" and "Graduation Year". And then click the "Agree Statement".
How Do I Access TWEN?
How Do I Add a Course to the My Courses Page?
How Do I Navigate Within a Course?
How Do I Read Materials in Forums or Document Pages?
The STL Law Library offers legal research guides designed to help you get you started on legal research. Please visit this link for a complete list of available guides.
Our Law Library's annual traditional events are becoming more and more familiar and accepted by more and more STL patrons, and some events have even evolved into an expectation. In addition to our book fair, movie night series, library tours, etc., the library also conducts a blessing campaign at the end of each year. Upcoming holiday postcard for the whole STL community, along with a description of the new resources and services the library has added recently.
We create a "third space" for our users. In addition to classrooms and dormitories, we hope that students will make the library a third option that they often like to visit. In terms of space layout and equipment provision, we are committed to creating a relaxing and enjoyable learning and entertainment space for our users. More warm services have been added to give users a comfortable and quiet space. To ease the stress of final exams for law students, our library also provided chocolates, earplugs, and comfy cushions for students during the final weeks.
The STL Law Library regularly recruits student assistants each year. This is a great position to improve your searching skills, expand your resource insights, and earn money at the same time!
Access the Licensed Software page within the PKU Portal to download more software to support your studies and research. For example, Office, Adobe, EndNote and so on.
Note: Off-campus users do not need a VPN to download licensed software, just login to the portal and click on "licensed software" to download. If you need to activate Windows, Office, etc., please connect to VPN first.