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CanLII, is a non-profit organization managed by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada to provide Open Access, freely accessible primary legal material, including court judgments, tribunal decisions, statutes and regulations from all Canadian jurisdictions.
Contains the full text of numerous legal journals and monographs, U.S. government documents, foreign and international law materials, legal classics, world trials and more.
Lexis Advance Quicklaw
Lexis Advances Quicklaw provides access to an extensive database of over 2 million cases, jurisdictional sources, including exclusive sources like Halsbury's Laws of Canada and Canadian Tort Law. This database includes QuickCite, which ensures decisions are based on good authority by cases. Lexis Advance QuickLaw provides access to Canadian law (legislation, jurisprudence, and doctrine) as well as law sources from the United States, United Kingdom, France, Australia, New Zealand, and Hong Kong.
Westlaw Canada is a full text and indexing database that provides access to a variety of law and finding tools. It includes Canadian statutes and regulations, reported decisions from Canadian courts and tribunals, Canadian law journals and law reviews, and eLooseleafs.
AccessUN, the Readex United Nations Index, provides access to current and retrospective United Nations documents and publications. A premier index to United Nations documents including Official Records, masthead documents, draft resolutions, meeting records, UN Sales Publications, and the UN Treaty Series citations. Also included is the full-text of several thousand UN documents.
Alberta Law Collection
Historical legal documents from the Legislative Assembly of Alberta plus retrospective and current Bylaws from a selection of Alberta Municipalities. The Assembly documents include Statutes and Revised Statutes, Ordinances of the Northwest Territories, Bills, Debates (Hansard), Journals of the Alberta Legislature and the Alberta Gazette. This collection is freely available to all Albertans, Canadians and viewers worldwide.
American state papers, 1789-1838
Search or browse U.S. congressional materials originating from 1789 and covering through 1838, including 1st Congress, 1st Session through 25th Congress, 2nd Session.
Legislative and executive documents, many originating from the important period between 1789 and the beginning of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set in 1817.
Trojman Corporation and Coherent Digital have developed a new version of Canadian Electronic Library with more content and a new platform - Canada Commons. Canada Commons brings rare, hard-to-find content from Canada that's relevant to a wide range of studies including sociology, anthropology, business and economics. Canada Commons offers extensive coverage of Canadian materials with 25,000 ebooks from scholarly and independent publishers; 180, 000 public policy papers; over 200,000 titles; and a 4,000 entry directory of Canadian research and government organizations. Content was previously available on the dèsLibris platform and is now exclusively on the Canada Commons platform.
Canada Statute Service
The internet version of the Canada Statute Service features: the consolidated 1985 Revised Statutes of Canada, plus any new Acts (excluding the Income Tax Act), with a complete amendment history for each statute; repealed statutes; all Regulations from the 1978 consolidation, plus any new Regulations; and history and case links to the Canada Statute Citator.
Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation
The Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation (McGill Guide) from Westlaw Canada allows users to quickly search for information, easily link between information in the chapters and the corresponding information in the appendices, and annotate and highlight your electronic copy. The 9th edition provides an enhanced focus on citing online resources, including instruction on: archiving internet sources; parallel citations to online resources; digital object identifiers; citing materials from online databases; citing other types of online materials, such as PDF documents, podcasts, blog posts, online video; and citing social media posts. This edition also elaborates on citation of various parliamentary papers, including debates, order papers, sessional papers, and reports, and expands the coverage on how to cite international materials including regulations, directives and decisions of the European Union, as well as Talmudic Law.
Canadian Research Index
Canadian Research Index focuses on periodicals covering Canada and Canadian issues in general reference arts, business, humanities, health, social sciences, sciences and current affairs. This index consists of depository publications of research value issued by federal, provincial , and territorial governments. Also includes hard-to-find non-depository publications; scientific and technical reports; policy, social economic and political reports; Statistics Canada monographs and serials.
Canadiana online is a full-text searchable database that includes books, journals and government publications documenting Canadian History. The e-book collection, spans three and a half centuries of Canadian documentary history, holds rich primary materials exploring a wide range of subjects and disciplines. Topics range from major historical events to the development of institutions, laws, and science; from Canadian literature to philosophical treatises; from agriculture to politics, trade, and tariffs. The Serials collection includes a wide range of daily and weekly newspapers, specialized journals, and mass-market magazines, as well as city directories and annual reports from churches, schools, and corporations. Specialized publications include trade or industry journals as well as many men’s, women’s, student’s and children’s popular magazines. Early periodicals are an invaluable source of information for researchers in all fields, as they offer a remarkable record of thought and opinion on diverse issues. Lavishly-illustrated journals open a captivating window onto early Canadian society and culture through their articles, advertisements, cartoons, drawings, and photographs. The Government Publications collection includes over 1.7 million pages of historical pre-1920 colonial, provincial and federal government documents. This collection includes government acts, bills, committee reports, court rules, debates, journals, ordinances, a selection of official publications from France and Great Britain, sessional papers, regulations, royal commission reports, voter’s lists, and treaties.
Criminal Justice Abstracts
Indexes international journals, books, reports, dissertations, and unpublished papers on criminology and related disciplines. Areas covered include criminal justice, criminal law and procedure, corrections and prisons, police and policing, criminal investigation, forensic sciences and investigation, history of crime, substance abuse and addiction, probation and parole, and criminology.
Eighteenth Century Collections Online
A comprehensive digital edition of The Eighteenth Century microfilm set, which has aimed to include every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom, along with thousands of important works from the Americas, between 1701 and 1800. Consists of books, pamphlets, broadsides, ephemera. Subject categories include history and geography; fine arts and social sciences; medicine, science, and technology; literature and language; religion and philosophy; law; general reference. Also included are significant collections of women writers of the eighteenth century, collections on the French Revolution, and numerous eighteenth-century editions of the works of Shakespeare. Where they add scholarly value or contain important differences, multiple editions of each individual work are offered.
FNREL (formerly Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation)
The Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law publishes books and manuals in conjunction with its Annual and Special Institutes, as well as a number of original articles in its biannual journal. These original, scholarly, and practical publications dealing with all aspects of natural resources law.
Foreign & International Law Resources Database
Covers publications from the American Society of International Law and yearbooks and serials from around the world, as well as the Hague Permanent Court of International Justice series. Includes U.S. law digests, international tribunals and judicial decisions and other significant works relating to foreign and international law. Individual title coverage varies.
Foreign Law Guide
Foreign Law Guide (FLG) is an essential database offering relevant information on sources of foreign law, including complete bibliographic citations to legislation, the existence of English translations and selected references to secondary sources in one virtual destination. Broad in content and global in scope, the FLG is an indispensable resource for comparative law research and a fundamental tool for developing a foreign and comparative law collection. Approximately 190 jurisdictions are systemically covered and updated by a global team of experts.
To set up Google Scholar to detect UofC subscribed resources, refer to Google Scholar setup (in the Natural Sciences Programme LibGuide)
A subset of Google that only indexes academic journals. Pros: searching is very easy - just like for regular Google. Covers journals in many disciplines. Cons: Limited functionality for filtering results. May include some journals of dubious quality.
Harvard Research in International Law
The collection includes access to the reprint of The Harvard Research in International Law: Contemporary Analysis and Appraisal and Original Materials. It also includes hundreds of links to journal articles and treaties, as well as hundreds of footnotes to connect you to other sites inside HeinOnline.
History of International Law
This collection contains more than 825 titles and 660,000 pages dating back to 1690 on subjects such as: war and peace, Nuremberg Trials, Law of the Sea, international arbitration, and Hague Conferences and Conventions and much more.
Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals
The Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals, produced by The American Association of Law Libraries, provides access to legal literature worldwide, covering all forms of foreign (non-Anglo-American) law. This includes comparative law and legal systems, such as Islamic law; socialist law; public and private international law; and transnational commercial law. The data is not limited by country of publication, but rather type of publication. Thus, while publications concerning British and American law are not included, British and American publications concerning foreign law are included. Coverage begins with 1985, digitized version of print edition available back to 1960.
KP source professional
KP Source Professional is a fully searchable database of the current text of Alberta's statutes and regulations, Registrar's Periodical, and Spring and Fall Sitting legislation. It also includes Rules of Court and Practice Notes, the Alberta Gazette (1996 to present) and Orders-in-Council (1967 to present), as well as a variety of other legislative related publications.
Westlaw Canada LabourSource is home to grievance arbitration decisions, court decisions, Labour board decisions from accross Canada, collective bargaining materials, and exclusive access to leading labour commentary such as Brown & Beatty. LawSource provides you with a wealth of Canadian primary law, plus commentary and value-added tools such as KeyCite Canada, the Canadian Abridgment, the Canadian encyclopedic digest (CED), Words and phrases, and Canadian law reviews and journals.
Includes thousands of works from some of the greatest legal minds in history including Joseph Story, Jeremy Bentham, William Blackstone, William Holdsworth, Henry Maine, Federick William Maitland, Frederick Pollock, Benjamin N. Cardozo, and many more! In addition to many classic treatises, this collection also includes rare items that are found in only a handful of libraries around the world.
- Available to Faculty of Law students only
- Password access only
Content includes Canadian, US, UK, international and foreign legal materials, and Practical Guidance.
Making of modern law. Legal treatises, 1800-1926 (The)
The Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises, 1800–1926 is the most comprehensive full-text collection of Anglo-American legal treatises available today. Sourced from the world's foremost law libraries, this archive covers nearly every aspect of American and British law and encompasses a broad array of the analytical, theoretical, and practical literature for research in U.S. and British legal history. It features casebooks, local practice manuals, form books, works for lay readers, pamphlets, letters, speeches, and other works from the most influential writers and legal thinkers of the time. The collection traces the evolution of historical and contemporary legal thought in the United States and the United Kingdom during this period of monumental change. It provides researchers with a logical, interdisciplinary approach to the study of modern law and allows a vast segment of the literature of law to be quickly searched by specific keywords or phrases, full text, author, title, date, subject, source library, and more.
Making of modern law. Trials, 1600-1926 (The)
The Making of Modern Law: Trials, 1600–1926 is the world's most comprehensive full-text collection of documents from Anglo-American trials. In addition to works pertaining to English-speaking jurisdictions such as the United States, Britain, Ireland, and Canada, this digital archive also contains English-language titles about trials in other jurisdictions, such as France. Users will find published trial transcripts; popular printed accounts of sensational trials for murder, adultery, and other scandalous crimes; unofficially published accounts of trials, briefs, arguments, and other trial documents that were printed as separate publications; official records of legislative proceedings, administrative proceedings, and arbitration sessions (domestic and international); and books encompassing multiple trials as well as books and pamphlets about a single trial. Scholars will find this collection of over 10,000 works from the law libraries of Harvard University, Yale University, and the Library of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York invaluable for its coverage of such topics as adultery, commercial law, constitutional law, dueling, elections, impeachment, international law, land use and ownerships, military offenses, murder, sexuality, slavery, torts, treason, and wills. The collection also supports studies in government, psychology, critical theory, theater and performance, gender studies, race studies, and journalism.
Martin's Online Criminal Code
Martin's Online Criminal Code is an online legal research tool that provides users with access to the Criminal Code at a particular point in time, along with the corresponding commentary. Users can browse through previous versions of Martin's Annual Criminal Code, or search for a particular section or subsection at a specific date. Martin's Online Criminal Code includes the full text of the following: all versions of the Criminal Code dating back to 1955, cross-references, synopses, and annotations from Martin's Annual Criminal Code dating back to 1955, forms of charges dating back to 1970, and cases referred to in Martin's case law annotations.
This new collection includes historical bylaws from Airdrie, Cochrane, Sedgewick, Granham, and many other municipalities in the province.
O'Brien's encyclopedia of forms
O'Brien's Commercial and General -- O'Brien's Corporations -- O'Brien's Leases -- O'Brien's Wills and Trusts -- O'Brien's Labour Relations and Employment -- O'Brien's Municipal Corporations -- O'Brien's Computers and Information Technology -- O'Brien's Master Subject Index
The OECD iLibrary, the new platform giving seamless and comprehensive access to statistical data, books, journals and working papers, is now available. It replaces SourceOECD... OECD iLibrary contains all the publications and datasets released by OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development), International Energy Agency (IEA), Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), OECD Development Centre, PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment), and International Transport Forum (ITF) since 1998.
Official document system of the United Nations
The United Nations Official Documents System (ODS) is the electronic repository for official documents published by the United Nations. Comprehensive, though not complete, coverage of all types of publicly-available UN documentation starting in the early to mid-1990s. Categories of documents included are: Resolutions going back to 1946 (Security Council, General Assembly, Economic and Social Council and Trusteeship Council); Selected Security Council and General Assembly documents going back to 1985; Meeting records; Daily journals; and bulletins. Not included in ODS: UN sales publications; UN public information materials; UN press releases and briefings; UN Treaty Series; documents that are not publicly released.
Oxford Reference is the home of Oxford's quality reference publishing, bringing together over 2 million entries, many of which are illustrated, into a single cross-searchable resource. This resource provides quality, up-to-date reference content. Made up of two main collections (Oxford Quick Reference and Oxford Reference Library) which are both fully integrated and cross-searchable.
- Includes fulltext of the reference sources.
PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) Index includes PAIS International and PAIS Archive. PAIS International database contains continually updated records for over half a million journal articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference papers, web content, and more. PAIS Archive is a retrospective conversion of the PAIS Annual Cumulated Bulletin, and covers monographs, periodical articles, notes and announcements, and analytics.
Revised statutes of Canada
This database includes over 48,000 pages of Canadian statutory law, covering all six revisions from the official printed volumes. These volumes are organized by edition and year. The Revised Statutes of Canada set is the consolidation of the Statutes of Canada incorporating amendments and acts that have been added since the last revision.
Thomson Reuters Practical Law
- Available to Faculty of Law students only
- Password access only
Practical Law Canada offers a wide range of up-to-date resources that go beyond and complement primary case law and research by providing legal "know-how."
U.S. Congressional serial set, 1817-1980
The bound, sequentially numbered volumes of all the reports, documents, and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives constitute a rich source of primary source material on all aspects of American history. Upon completion, the digital version of the Serial set will consist of approximately 13,800 volumes and over 12 million pages.
U.S. Federal Legislative History Library
This database contains more than 2,400 titles from a number of sources, including the Government Printing Office, Arnold and Porter, Covington and Burling, Kirkland and Ellis, and more. William S. Hein & Co., Inc. also has contracted with legal experts to compile and publish legislative histories on major public laws in-house. These compilations are composed of the text of the final public law, House and Senate bill variations, Congressional hearings, House and Senate reports, and more. Research legislative intent behind major public laws and follow the progression of a bill from its introduction to its passage. All titles are indexed to the document level and are full searchable. Also includes a unique finding aid based on Nancy Johnson's award-winning work, Sources of Compiled Legislative Histories.
U.S. Treaties and Agreements Library
Searchable database includes all U.S. treaties, whether currently in force, expired, or not yet officially published. Includes such prominent collections as the United States Treaties and Other International Agreements set (commonly referred to as the "Blue set") as well as famous sets from Bevans, Miller, Mallory and others. Supporting materials include historical books and periodicals relating to U.S. treaty-making as well as Congressional hearings and documents. Includes Kappler's Indian affairs, laws and treaties.
United Nations digital library
Searchable database which offers public free access to current and historical United Nations documents, maps, speeches, voting data, as well as non-sales publications. System features include linked data between related documentation such as resolutions, meeting records and voting, and refining of searches by UN body, agency or type of document.
United Nations Law Collection
The United Nations Law Collection presents exact reproductions of major United Nations legal publications, including the complete collection of the United Nations Treaty Series.
This collection contains various finding aids to help you quickly locate United Nations materials. You can search for a United Nations Treaty by treaty/registration number, date, parties involved, Kavass subject, and more. Or, you can pull up the full text of a United Nations Treaty by inserting the UNTS citation. Once you have located a specific United Nations Treaty, we have included a link to retrieve law review articles that cite that specific treaty. This allows you to not only find relevant articles that cite the treaty, but also to further link to documents such as U.S. Statutes, which are sometimes cited with the UNTS citation. We have also included an International Agreements by Popular Name index that will allow you to quickly jump to a treaty or treaties relevant to a popular treaty name.
United Nations Treaty Collection
Treaties and international agreements entered into by any member of the United Nations or League of Nations. Also includes related publications such as the UN Journal.
- Includes fulltext of the treaties and agreements
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VLexJustis comprises full text documents and meta data of legislation, case law, books & journals, draft bills, news, blogs, and more. Content can be filtered by jurisdictions. Broad jurisdictions include: North America, South America, Central America & Caribbean, Europe, Oceania, Asia, Rest of the World, and International Law. There are four ways to search: from the search bar (ideal for broad searches); browse (suitable for narrowing a broad search); advanced search (for more focused, detailed and complex searches); and Vincent (a virtual legal assistant that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to discover legal citations, cited authorities and relevant legal concepts). Quickly identify related authorities and see if your case is still considered good law using the Precedent Map.
Westlaw Edge (UofC Law School only)
Faculty of Law students and faculty may obtain an individual password.
Westlaw Edge is a full text and indexing database that provides access to a variety of law and finding tools. It includes Canadian statutes and regulations, reported decisions from Canadian courts and tribunals, Canadian law journals and law reviews. Westlaw includes nearly 15,000 databases covering most US primary and secondary legal materials and legal research tools. It also includes over 700 full text law reviews and has legal material from the UK, Australia and the EU.
World constitutions illustrated
World Constitutions Illustrated contains thousands of contemporary and historical documents, as well as many features to enable one to browse and search across constitutional law of more than 190 countries. This is a picture of what is included: Current constitution of every country.
Constitutional histories of several countries including the United Kingdom, France, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Mexico, Italy, South Africa, and El Salvador (among others).
Thousands of books on constitutional law, with specific chapters tied to specific countries.
Thousands of articles about constitutional development.
Links to online resources related to political development.
Bibliographies of constitutional monographs.
World Treaty Library
Brings together Rohn, Dumont, Bevans, Martens, League of Nations, United States, and United Nations treaties into one easy-to-use and fully searchable database. Search a comprehensive treaty index by keywords, title, parties, sign date or citation. Also included are hundreds of related treaty publications, scholarly articles chosen by our editors, and a bibliography of related publications--Provided by publisher. Includes a link to US Treaties & Agreements.