This post focuses on the final stage of the research process – writing. The importance of this stage is self-evident – all of the hard work you’ve put into researching your client’s legal problem will be wasted if you can’t effectively communicate your findings and analysis.Continue reading
Once you’ve mastered the art of deciphering case citations, you’ll find that what initially looked like a jumble of letters and numbers to you is actually very useful legal shorthand. A case citation, properly formatted, can tell you the names of the parties, year, jurisdiction, court level and where to find the decision, all at a glance.Continue reading
Why is it useful to know the full name of law reports and their jurisdictions? Because you can find cases much more successfully if you look for them in the right places. You won’t find a US, UK, or Australian decision in an electronic resource if it doesn’t include US, UK, or Australian decisions. So it pays to know what you’re looking for. Continue reading
If you have ever used Lexis Practice Advisor Canada, you know the range of practical information it has to offer: checklists, precedents, sample clauses and flow charts, as well as practice notes and drafting tips contributed by leading Canadian lawyers and law firms. The Great Library’s subscription to Practice Advisor now includes the Litigation & Dispute Resolution module. Continue reading
There can be plenty of brackets and parentheses in legal citations. Yet, a case citation is incomplete unless it also includes the year of the decision. If a decision has a neutral citation, the year is already part of the citation and there are no brackets or parentheses to worry about, e.g., 2011 ONCA 55. That’s the easy part. Continue reading
This blog post isn’t about how to do citations, it’s about why it’s important to provide good citations for the readers of your documents. The library staff’s philosophy is to make it easy for people to look up the case, article, book or statute to which you’ve referred, and to use a consistent style of citation throughout. Continue reading
Did you know that Great Library now offers Lexis Practice Advisor Canada?
This source provides practical guidance on a wide range of transactional and procedural matters. Continue reading