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Canadian Law and Legal Research

Case Law

There are a number of ways in which to approach Canadian case law research. Unfortunately, if you do not have access to fee-based online resources such as Westlaw, options are drastically reduced. At the time of this writing (July 2010), there is no access to Canadian Quicklaw resources. CanLII is probably the best free source, as it is reasonably (although not completely, so user beware) comprehensive, and the search options are very user-friendly. Hard-copy jurisdictional and court-based reporters are available at D'Angelo; however, pending the completion of the Mansueto Library, they are in storage. For the most immediate access, online resources will be the most effective. These will also be useful in conjunction with the monographs and encyclopedias, which cite and list relevant cases which can then be searched for within these databases.

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