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.Continue reading
Need help identifying key sources to begin your research in a specific area of law? Try starting with a research guide.Continue reading
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.Continue reading
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.Continue reading