Help

Welcome to the help page for Law Trove. As well as this page, you might also find the following pages useful:

Academics and librarians with an institutional access to Law Trove should also have a look at the Resources for Institutions page for technical support, and user guides including video walkthroughs of key functionality.

FAQs page may provide an answer to some common questions about the site not covered here.

If you have a question that isn't answered here, please Contact Us or email trovehelp@oup.com, with details of your username, problem, and screenshots if you have them.

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Use the table of contents to find out about a specific area of the site. If you cannot find an answer to your question, please don’t hesitate to Contact Us.

The sign-in box

You, your library, or an institution with which you are affiliated must have a current subscription to log in to Law Trove for full access. Find out how to Subscribe.

Logging on with a username and password

If you have bought your own individual subscription to Law Trove, type your username and password in the login fields in the left-hand navigation bar on the homepage. Please remember: your password is case-sensitive.

 

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If you are a librarian and are having problems logging in or have forgotten your administrator password, please visit the Technical Support page to learn how to retrieve it.

Logging on from a subscribing institution

If you are logging in from an institution which has a subscription, or if your institution uses a referring URL system, you should authenticate on the site automatically.

If you are returned to the homepage, please consult your system administrator, faculty contact or librarian.

If your institution uses Eduserv’s Athens service or Shibboleth, simply click on “Sign in via your Institution” on the homepage to reach your Athens or Shibboleth login area.

 

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Personal profile

You can create and log in with a secondary, personal set of credentials in order to use the “Personal Profile” personalization feature. This section appears in the top- right of the website.

 

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By registering for a personal profile you can save content and annotations to your own personal area. (Please note: these are not the credentials you use to access the site content.) By registering, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Legal Notice

Creating a personal profile

Don't have a personal profile? Then click “Create” in the top right corner of the website (just above the banner image), and follow the instructions given.

Signing in

To use your personal profile you need to make sure you are signed in to your own personal area at the start of a session. (Please note: this is separate from the account you use to access the content.) You are already signed in to your personal area if your name appears at the top right of the window. If not, click “Sign in” and follow the instructions.

Signing out

To sign out of your personal profile at the end of a session, click “Sign out” at the top right of the window, and follow the instructions. (Please note: this is separate from the account you use to access the content.)

Personal profile

Your profile is organized into these areas:

  • Recent activity: this area keeps a record of the articles you have viewed and the searches you have run most recently
  • Bookmarks: chapters and places you return to regularly
  • Searches: save searches as you go, and they'll be saved here
  • Annotations: text you've chosen to highlight, along with the notes you made about it
  • Account details: use this area to change your password and other details

You can cite any annotation straight from your personal profile; simply click the “Cite” option under the “Action” column. You can choose a variety of formats including OSCOLA, and the citations can be cut and pasted directly into your own work.

You can also export citations to personal citation management packages, including EndNote, ProCite, ReferenceManager, RefWorks, BibTex, and Zotero (BibText).

Saved articles

To delete a saved article, click the “Delete” option (in the “Action” column). To delete more than one item tick the checkboxes of all the items you want to delete, then click the “Delete” button.

To change tags on a saved article, click the “Edit” option in the “Action” column.

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Homepage

Site header

 

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Across the top of the screen is the site header which contains links to administrative and information resources. These appear on every page:

  • About: find out more information on Oxford University Press, legal education and Law Trove
  • Subscribe: discover more about the different ways you can purchase access to Law Trove
  • Customer Services: information for all users, including more technical resources for account administrators

You can return to the homepage from any other part of the site by clicking on the top banner image.

Search panel

To look up a term, type it into the Search box on the right side of the screen, under the top banner image, and click the magnifying glass icon, or press enter on your keyboard. Use double quotation marks to look up an entire phrase.

Find out more about how quick search works.

Click on “Advanced Search” to use various filtering options as shown in the left sidebar.

Subject panel

 

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The Subject options are to the left of the Search box. You can browse the contents of Law Trove by a number of different subjects. Click on a category to view a list of matching chapters, or choose to “Browse All”. Once at this list you can choose to view results by book, or narrow down your choices by using the filter panel on the left.

Find out more about the results list.

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Quick search

What is a quick search?

A quick search looks up your chosen word or phrase anywhere in the full-text of Law Trove and is available in the upper right of every site page.

Running a quick search

To look up a term or phrase, type it into the Search box on the right-hand side of the screen, under the top banner image, and click the magnifying glass icon, or press enter on your keyboard.

 

Top Tips

  • To search for an exact phrase, enclose it in inverted commas (e.g. "freehold covenant")
  • You can use the wildcard * in your search, or Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT)

Results list

The results of a search are displayed in the Results list

 

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The results that match your search are listed on one or more pages. The number of results (and your search criteria) appears at the top of the list.

Each of the results in the list consists of the chapter title, its author, and its publication date (in print and online, where relevant), which book it comes from, and a snippet of the article showing the search term.

Any results with a red padlock next to them are unavailable under your current level of access – you will be able to click through to a landing page and view an extract of the chapter, but you won’t be able to read the full text. Find out how to Subscribe in order to get access to this content.

Moving between results pages

The number of pages of results is shown at the top and bottom of the list. To move to any of the numbered pages, click on the desired number.

Sorting results

Results are listed by relevance to your search word(s) or phrase(s). You can also choose to order them by a number of different options, all available to view by clicking on the drop-down box at the top of the Results list:

 

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Narrowing your choices

You can narrow down the list by using the options on the left-hand side of the Results list under the “Modify your search” header. Here you can add query terms within certain parts of chapters, filter by format, refine by subject, or refine by availability.

If you have added a criterion to your Results list, you may have more than one search term or filter listed at the top of the page. Any of these may be removed by clicking the cross next to it. To clear all your search terms, click “Clear all”.

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The book page

In order to see the full-text of any book on Law Trove you, or your institution, must have purchased access. Find out how to Subscribe.

The book page

 

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Each book front page has three parts; the index card showing bibliographic detail, including DOI link; the abstract and hyperlinked keywords; and the contents list in the main pane.

Hover over the author name and click to see their affiliation.

Click on a keyword to run a search for other textbooks with that keyword - great for finding related content.

Click any chapter in the contents list to go to that point in the book. Where a book has part headings you'll need to expand to see individual chapters.

In the front matter you'll find tables of legislation and cases which are hyperlinked and will take you directly to the relevant content. End matter contains hyperlinked index, appendix/ces, and sometimes a glossary.

On the right of the contents list is a Page Go box. If you have a page number from the print edition, enter it in the box and click 'go' to jump to the beginning of that page in the online version of the content.

Use the Search within this book box to run a quick search through the textbook you are looking at.

At the end of the book page you might find related links such as a link to Essential Cases in this area, or to external resource which will take you outside of Law Trove to the book’s online study resources or self-test questions.

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The chapter page

In order to see the full-text of any chapter on Law Trove you, or your institution, must have purchased access, unless the chapter is part of the monthly Subject focus. Find out how to Subscribe.

The chapter page

 

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Each chapter page has shows bibliographic detail, including the DOI link for the chapter; the abstract and hyperlinked keywords; a link back to the book page; and, if your screen is set wide enough to show it, the contents list.

Hover over the author name and click to see their affiliation.

Click on a keyword to run a search for other textbooks with that keyword - great for finding related content.

Each chapter is presented completely on its own web page.

You can use the Page Go box next to the contents list go straight to a particular page.

A list of contents for the article appears on the left side – click any of these to go to that point in the article. Click on the arrow icons to expand and collapse nested lists. As you scroll through the article, this navigation pane will move with you – meaning you can always get to another point in the article quickly and easily.

Included within the chapter text are cross references to other pages or parts of the book. These are hyperlinked in blue.

Figures and diagrams are included in the chapter text. They can be selected to open in new tab from where you can save them for use on coursework or notes.

At the end of most chapters you’ll find footnotes, further reading, and related links to content within Law Trove, or external links to such things as online study resources for that chapter.

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Outputting articles

 

To download a PDF of a chapter, click the PDF icon then follow the instructions provided. Please note that copyright restrictions apply. It is very important that you read the Legal Notice, which includes information on printing and downloading PDFs.

To save the article to your personal profile, click the floppy disk icon. Find out more about personal profiles.

To generate a citation of the article, click the pen icon. You can choose a variety of formats, including OSCOLA, and the citations can be cut and pasted directly into your own work.

You can also export citations to personal citation management packages, including EndNote, ProCite, ReferenceManager, RefWorks, BibTex, and Zotero (BibText).

To email a link to the article, click the envelope icon and fill in the details as appropriate.

To print an article hover over the share icon and choose “print” from the list that appears.

To share a link to the article on hundreds of different sites (including Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn), click the share icon and choose one of the options.

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