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Canada : legal resources: Journals

Canadian law journals & finding articles on Canadian law

A journal is a regular publication (monthly, yearly, etc.) in which you will find academic and research articles. The articles present current research and quick (but thoughtful) responses to legal developments, such as Case Comments..
Journals which are peer-reviewed submit potential articles to evaluation by other experts before publication, so you can be confident of the quality of those finally included in the volume. 
The majority of journals held by the Bodleian Libraries in both physical and electronic formats can be searched via SOLO, however you may find the Law Library's own database easier to use.

Use the other tabs in this box to find recommended journals and guidance on the special online tools to help you find articles in law journals,

Some key journals available to holders of an Oxford SSO

It is quite common an ejournal to be supplied by more than one database. Usually this is because no single provider has the whole run of the journal from the first volume to the most recent. Consequently, if you are looking for a particular article (you know either or both volume number and year) that you select the database which includes that volume/year - this will not necessarily be the first on the list of alternatives.

Available on the free web

Where the issues of the journal are shelved will depend on their year.

Journal issues from and including 2000 are on Level 1, where the shelf mark starts Cw Can or General. 

Journal issues up to and including 1999 are on the Ground Floor of the Law Library where the shelf mark starts with Cw Gen or General. 

Journals looking at public international law (including interntational human rights) have shelf marks beginning Internat, those on conflict of laws have shelf marks beginning Private int. For both categories, issues 2000 onwards are on Level 3; 1999 and older on the Ground Floor.

Cw Can journals in Law Bod

Canadian Bar Review (1923 - )
Criminal Law Quarterly (1958/59 - )
McGill Law Journal (1952/56 - )
Osgoode Hall Law Journal (1958/59 - )
Queen’s Law Journal (1968-70 - )
The Supreme Court Law Review (1980 - )
University of Toronto Law Journal (1935/36 - )

Canadian Yearbook of International Law

Remember: legal developments may well be the subject of articles in law journals published in other jurisdictions.
There are special tools - not just SOLO's article search and google scholar! - to help you locate articles published in scholarly journals. Do make use of them!

Indexing tools on the free web

There are too many for any list to be comprehensive. If you are studying a particular legal topic, or a foreign jurisdiction, it may well be worth considering which law firms have gained a distinguished reputation in the same topic/jurisdiction, they may well have partners/practitioners posting news and comment.

Inter-library loans

If the Bodleian Libraries don't have the journal you are looking for, we may be able to source it through Oxford's inter-library loan service.

Recommend a journal

If the Bodleian Libraries don't have the journal or article you are looking for, you can make a recommendation by completing the form below (Oxford Single-Sign On required).