Need help identifying key sources to begin your research in a specific area of law? Try starting with a research guide.
Legal research guides are compiled by law librarians. We’ve done the ground work for you – pulling together the titles of the leading texts or loose leaf services in an area of law, selecting recent journal or CPD (continuing professional development) articles and pointing you to governing legislation and relevant websites – so you can get your research off to a more efficient start.
The Great Library offers a series of “Getting Started” guides on legal topics, such as Class Actions. We’ve also created “Research 101” guides on conducting practice-oriented legal research tasks, such as How to Find Forms and Precedents. These guides all point to resources, both print and online, available in the Great Library.
For a full list of our guides click on eResources on the homepage and then Great Library Research Guides.
Most academic law libraries also offer a wide selection of research guides on their websites, from subject law guides to guides on legal writing and citation. Here are a few examples:
- Bora Laskin Law Library, University of Toronto – Research Guides
- Queen’s University Law Library – Law Guides
- Western University Law Library – Subject Guides
- University of British Columbia Law Library – Research Guides for Law
For more practical research tips, see our other Legal Research Survival Guide posts.