How to find Library materials?
Use the Classic Library Catalogue or Library Catalogue 2.0. For details about the use of the Library Catalogue, please refer to the Classic Library Catalogue Search Guide and the Library Catalogue 2.0 Search Guide.
How to find books on a topic?
How to find a printed journal that I need?
How to find journal or magazine articles on a particular topic?
I have a citation of an article in hand, how do I find the full text of the article?
What databases or e-journals are available?
How to find newspaper articles?
How long will the printed newspapers be kept in the Library?
How to find company information/annual reports?
Please refer to the Research Guide "Company Information" for Library resources available both in print and electronic formats that can help you find company information/annual reports.
How to find materials in Chinese?
Chinese materials are shelved together with other language materials in the Library Collection. Users may search Chinese materials in the Library Catalogue using any input method available at the PC. Handwriting systems are also available for use inside the Library.
What should I do if the book I am looking for is not on the shelf?
You may check the following first:
How to request a book, a media resource, a bound volume journal or a journal article from the Shatin Storage?
Book or media resource request:
Bound volume journal or journal article request:
Where can I get lecturers' notes and other course materials?
Teachers may put private copies of their books or their personal notes in the Library for student use. These are kept in the Closed Access Collection. To borrow the materials, please approach staff on duty at the Circulation Counter. You may also search for the course reserve materials in the Classic Library Catalogue by course name or by instructor's name.
Where can I find CityU past examination papers?
CityU past examination papers of the latest four years are kept in the Semi-closed Collection Room. Older examination papers are kept in the Shatin Storage and may be requested for use by users. The electronic versions of examinatin papers from 1996/97 onwards are available in the Classic Library Catalogue. CityU staff and students may search, view and print the examination papers.
Where can I find local university prospectus and calenders?
Local university prospectuses and calendars are kept in the Reference Collection.
How to obtain materials which are not available in CityU Library?
Interlibrary Loan Services (ILL)
Hong Kong Academic Library Link (HKALL) Service
CityU staff and students of courses leading to CityU awarded degrees can access the library resources of all University Grant Committee (UGC) funded libraries via the HKALL service.
Where do I return Interlibrary Loans materials?
All materials borrowed via Interlibrary Loan Services must be returned to the Circulation Counter. Please do not return any ILL items via the bookdrops.
How to access the Library Catalogue from home?
Go to the Library Home Page, select "Catalogue" in the main navigation bar. From the drop-down menu, select either the Classic Library Catalogue (http://lib.cityu.edu.hk) or Library Catalogue 2.0 (http://encore.lib.cityu.edu.hk/).
Can I access the Web-based Library-subscribed electronic resources at home?
Yes, all CityU staff and students can access most of the Web-based Library-subscribed electronic resources at home via Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Please consult the Library Web page "Remote Access to Library Electronic Resources".
Can I remove the pages from the Law Section's loose leaf binders for photocopying?
No. You must bring the binders to the Law Reference Desk and ask the staff to remove the pages for you.
Can I use LEXIS.com?
It is available to teaching staff of the School of Law and CityU students who are taking law courses. Users who do not belong to these groups but want to search for legal information may use other databases such as Westlaw International which can be accessed remotely via http://www.cityu.edu.hk/lib/collect/law/subjres/lawdb.htm
How to find a Hong Kong Ordinance?
To look up an Ordinance, you may use the print set of the Laws of Hong Kong, which is located in the Quick Reference Area of the Law Section. Refer to the Index Volume of the set. Alternatively, you can use the search engine of BLIS web site (URL: http://www.legislation.gov.hk/index.htm); LEXIS.com; Westlaw International.
How to find a Hong Kong case with its case name, for example, Chu Hon Wah v. Cho Herman ?
You may consult a case citator: Consolidated Index to All Reported Hong Kong Decisions or Hong Kong Case Citator. With the citation given, you then use an abbreviation list to look up the full title of the law report. Next turn to the respective law report to read the case. Hong Kong law reports, case citators and abbreviation lists can be found in the Quick Reference Area of the Law Section (Stack B). The following databases also carry full text of Hong Kong judgments and cases: Judgments and Legal Reference (URL: http://www.judiciary.gov.hk/en/legal_ref/judgments.htm); LEXIS.com; Westlaw International.
My lecturer gives me the abbreviation of a law report, e.g. WLR, and I have no idea what it means. How can I find out what the abbreviation stands for?
You can refer to Index to Legal Citations and Abbreviations / Donald Raistrick, 1993 or other abbreviation guides to identify the name of the law report. The Index will tell you that WLR is the abbreviation for the Weekly Law Report. You may also find this online abbreviation list useful, Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations(URL: http://www.legalabbrevs.cardiff.ac.uk/index.jsp)
How can I locate a UK case with its case name, for example, Hewitt v. Lewis ?
You can refer to the case citator or a case table, for example, Current Law Case Citator or The Digest : Consolidated Table of Cases, to find the citation of the case. Then use the abbreviation guides to identify the title of the law report. Next look up the law report title in the Library Catalogue and go to the respective location in the Law Section to use the law report if available. You can also take the case name to the databases, LEXIS.com and Westlaw International and search it there. When using the databases, first choose the appropriate field and enter the case name accordingly.
How can I find the text of UK Act?
If you know the year of the Act, you can use the annual volume of the Current Law Statutes to find the Act. If you are not sure about the year, then please refer to the Consolidated Index volume of the Halsbury's Statutes of England and Wales to find the Act you need. Full text of UK Acts are also available from the UK Office of Public Sector Information web site - Acts of the UK Parliament; LEXIS.com and Westlaw International.
How can I get journal articles on a certain legal subject?
You can use any of the networked workstations on campus and search the Westlaw International and LEXIS.com to locate the journal articles you require. These databases can also be accessed remotely via http://www.cityu.edu.hk/lib/collect/law/subjres/lawdb.htm.
How are law periodicals shelved?
Law periodicals are shelved in two separate places. Current issues are located opposite to the Law Reference Desk while back issues are kept in the Law Section electronic compact shelves. In either place, the journals are shelved by alphabetical order of the title. So once you find a law periodical from the Online Library Catalogue, you just move to the respective location. It is not necessary to jot down the call number.