New from the Library Collection: Bloomsbury Law

The Law Library has recently acquired over 500 law-related titles from the Bloomsbury Collections. These resources, available in e-book format, will be useful to the academic study of law and legal research, as well as its practical application. Covering a broad range of topics with an international scope, the new resources are now available in the catalogue under the following sections:

Osgoode Digital Commons: Readership Snapshot

October 2019

Last month, the Osgoode Digital Commons received 62,232 full-text downloads and 151 new submissions, bringing the total works in the repository to 17,736.

Osgoode Hall Law School of York University scholarship was read by 3,202 institutions across 191 countries.

The most popular papers were:

The most popular publications were:

Deactivation of expired Quicklaw accounts

LexisNexis has notified us that they will be deleting expired Quicklaw accounts. If you are a current Osgoode student and your account has been accidentally deleted, please contact Sharona Brookman at In the meantime you can access Quicklaw without a password through our campus wide subscription.  Under Quick Links on the law library’s home page click on Lexis Advance Quicklaw (York). If you are accessing the site remotely you will be prompted to sign on with your Passport York account.

Osgoode Digital Commons: Disseminating Osgoode’s Scholarship and Heritage

A historic timeline of the Osgoode Digital Commons.

In 2012 librarians at the Osgoode Hall Law School Law Library began thinking about establishing an institutional repository that would capture and disseminate faculty scholarship created at the Osgoode Hall Law School. Initial objectives for this institutional repository were:

  • to provide open access to institutional research at Osgoode through self-archiving;
  • to create global visibility for Osgoode’s scholarly research;
  • to collect the content in a single, easily accessible location;
  • to store and preserve other Osgoode digital assets, including unpublished or otherwise easily lost literature, for example, so-called “grey” literature and other ephemeral literature such commissioned reports, studies and policy documents.

Bepress Digital Commons was selected for three reasons: first, the interface was clean, well thought out and could be easily customized to reflect Osgoode’s own brand; second, there was a large network of law libraries already using this platform and by using it Osgoode could connect with and participate in the “commons” that is a feature of Digital Commons; and third, Bepress provided a consultant and technical support staff dedicated to keeping our content safe, secure and findable.

Osgoode Digital Commons (ODC) was “soft launched” in January, 2014, and by May of that year law library staff had added about 2,000 resources which included the complete collections of the Osgoode Hall Law Journal (OHLJ), the Journal of Law and Social Policy (JLSP) and the Comparative Research in Law & Political Economy Paper Series (CLPE) (now the Osgoode Legal Studies Research Paper Series (OLSRPS)).

After just 4 months of online exposure, before any “official launch” was announced, ODC had already attracted over 69,000 full-text downloads. Still true for ODC traffic today, most of those downloads were articles attributed to OHLJ. However, this was already an early indication of how highly legal researchers and members of the public regarded scholarship that comes out of the Osgoode Hall Law School.

For the remainder of 2014 ODC staff efforts focused on collecting and uploading research papers by Osgoode faculty. This process included securing the appropriate copyright clearance to ensure that these papers could be offered as open access under a Creative Commons 4.0 license.

As ODC continued to grow it became a respected part of the digital landscape. In 2015 the collection of Osgoode scholarly work had reached a point where it made sense to acquire SelectedWorks, an additional feature that showcases the work of faculty as individual scholars. This provided an additional avenue of exposure and another entry point for the discovery of Osgoode scholarship.

Osgoode Digital Commons new downloads per year

Full-text downloads continued to increase as both new and historical scholarship was discovered by a public hungry for information. ODC is optimized for discovery which makes Osgoode scholarship appear at the top of mainstream web search results. Subsequently in 2016, after only 2 years of online activity, ODC reached one million full-text downloads!  

In addition to scholarly work, additional information created by and about Osgoode Hall Law School was collected and made available. This included historical information, aspects of student life, class pictures, special events, guest lectures and other expressions of Osgoode as place. By 2018, the online momentum of ODC continued to increase achieving a record 2 million full-text downloads.

Osgoode Digital Commons cumulative downloads per year

Now, as we approach the end of 2019, we have crossed another significant milestone. With a readership that now reaches many, many individual researchers, over 2,300 institutions, and with a global reach into almost 200 countries, we have now distributed 2.5 million full-text documents to the world!

Congratulations to everyone on this amazingly successful dissemination of Osgoode’s scholarship and heritage!

* Many thanks to Teodora Naydenova for preparing the graphics for this post!

The Ultimate Open Access Quiz

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Open Access week is here again!

The theme for this year’s celebration is “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge”.

To mark Open Access week, the Law Library put together the ultimate open access quiz for anyone interested in testing their knowledge on this form of publishing and sharing.

If you are up for the challenge, click here to take the quiz!

Good luck!

New database: HeinOnline’s Business and Legal Aspects of Sports and Entertainment (BLASE)

Alongside a myriad of HeinOnline databases and resources that are available to Osgoode Hall Law School faculty and students, the law library is pleased to announce access to the Business and Legal Aspects of Sports and Entertainment (BLASE) database!

Designed to help researchers find relevant sources to understand the critical issues surrounding both sports and entertainment, BLASE offers comprehensive coverage of many business and legal areas. This includes antitrust and labour law, contracts, criminal law, gender and race discrimination, intellectual property, health and safety issues, and more, with access to over 8,000 scholarly articles, notable cases, legislative histories and government documents. While the database will be helpful to a broad range of students and faculty, BLASE will be a particularly useful resource to those in the Entertainment & Sports Law seminar.

Find it in the Library’s A-Z list of e-Resources, or access it through HeinOnline.

Osgoode Digital Commons: Readership Snapshot

September 2019

Last month, the Osgoode Digital Commons received 49,544 full-text downloads and 48 new submissions, bringing the total works in the repository to 17,709.

Osgoode Hall Law School of York University scholarship was read by 2,522 institutions across 183 countries.

The most popular papers were:

The most popular publications were: