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Navigate through this guide by clicking on the pertinent dark blue tab you can see above this box (below the main title of this guide).

Below are links to take you to other Bodleian libguides which may help you with your studies in this area.

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Canadian law quick start

Printed Resouces

The Bodleian Law Library collection of Canadian law books have shelf marks beginning Cw. Can.  (The Cw. in front of the Cw. Can. shelfmarks refers to the Commonwealth of Nations of which Canada is a member. For more information about the Commonwealth of Nations, see the Commonwealth Secretariat website.)

Cw. Can. 510 - Indicates books on federal Canadian law, or the law of the common law provinces.

Cw. Can. 610 - Indicates commentary relating to the law of Quebec

In the library catalogue some materials have "(sec coll)" after the shelfmark, e.g. Cw Can. 510 O81a2 (sec coll). This designates older material - often superseded editions. 

Please ask a member of staff for directions to these collections when in the Law Bod.

Electronic resources

  • DLR: Dominion Law Reports  
    OU members only Click on the tab called Canada Law Book online services - on the next screen click on Dominion Law Reports
  • Lexis┬«Library  
    OU members only. If you know the name of the Canadian report series or journal you need, type its full name in the Find a source box on the initial Lexis search page.
    To find out all the Canadian resources Lexis offers click the Sources tab on the home page - Change country to Canada & click on any hyperlinked letter of the alphabet. Includes consolidated statutes, case law from 1823 on, Supreme Court Reports as well as provincial reports, law journals from 1989 onward.
  • Westlaw (WestlawNext)  
    OU members only. From Westlaw UK's home page click on Services, & on drop down that appears click International Materials.
    The Canadian Materials section contains Abridgment; Cases; Legislation; Legal News, Highlights & Current Awareness; Public Records; Law Reviews, Bar Journals and Legal Periodicals; Texts & Treatises; Business & News; Directories; By Practice Area.
  • CanLII: Canadian Legal Information Institute
    Free resource.
    CanLII is a non-profit organization managed by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. CanLII's goal is to make Canadian law accessible for free on the Internet.
  • Best guide to Canadian legal research
    Free resource. Free guide by Catherine Best.

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