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Purpose of this guide

This guide is intended for students and researchers studying the law and legal systems of Canada at the University of Oxford, although students and researchers from any field may find it useful.

Use this guide to find out about sources and commentary for Canadian law, including ebooks, ejournals, and databases.

Canadian law: quick start

The Law Bod has subscriptions to legal databases which are good for Canadian materials: for licensing reasons access is limited to current OU students & faculty members. Principal examples can be reached via links below.

Holders of an Oxford SSO can access Halsbury's Laws of Canada via LexisLibrary's International Content. This is just one title in quite an extensive collection of books on a wide range of legal topics available in the Canadian content available in our subscription to Lexlislibrary.

The Canadian Encyclopedic Digest ("a comprehensive statement of the law of Ontario and the four western provinces - provincial, federal and common law - as derived from the case law and legislation") is available to holders of an Oxford SSO via our subscription to Westlaw International. Westlaw's Canadian Treatises also has titles on criminal law, family law, IP, insolvency, estates, securities, and litigation.

There are some excellent sources of Canadian law on the free web. CanLII is the most useful starting point for primary sources both federal and provincial. 

Please check the other sections of this Law Bod guide for other online resources & more detailed research guidance.

The current collection of monographs examining Canadian law are included in the subject arrangement of commentary on Level 2, in the shelf mark range K - KN.    For more information, see the page Law Books in this guide.

Printed works which discuss more than one jurisdiction (comparative studies or surveys of law) are in a separate section of the Law Bod with shelf marks starting General, Cw Gen or KB. All these collections are also on Level 2.

The print collection of Canadian Law Reports, and Canadian Law Journals 2000 to date are on Level 1. Earlier issues of Canadian journals are on the Ground Floor.  All these forms have shelf marks starting Cw  Can. Cw indicating membership of the Commonwealth of Nations, (For more information about the latter see Commonwealth Secretariat website.)

Please ask a librarian for directions when you are in the Law Bod!

SOLO is the online Union catalogue to discover Law Bod's collections.

If you need help with using SOLO, there is an online guide below