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Legal Research Survival Guide, Part 4 – Following the Breadcrumbs: Source Notes and How to Use Them

With their jumble of letters, numbers and symbols, legal citations can give researchers quite the headache. While you may have already figured out how to navigate case citations, legislative citations are quite different and can seem even more confusing. One place you may come across legislative citations is in the source notes (or historical notes) found at the end of sections of consolidated law online or in printed statute and regulation revisions. This blog post will help you to decipher and interpret source notes found in statute consolidations.

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Legal Research Survival Guide, Part 2 – Just browsing…

In conducting legal research, a lot of time and energy is spent structuring and running keyword searches to retrieve information. But keyword searching is a bit like ice-fishing. You bait your hook with what you believe is your best lure (most relevant terms) and hope for the best. Because you can’t see below the surface, you can’t tell whether the biggest fish (that perfect case) got away.

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Legal Research Survival Guide, Part 1 – Plan to Succeed

Mid-August brings with it the dog days of summer, the opening of the CNE, back to school sales, and of course, the arrival of articling students. Over the next few months we’ll be running a series of blog posts offering guidance, tips, and techniques to help law students tackle legal research in the practice environment.

Let’s get started with our first tip.

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