Canadian Legal Research

This guide is an introduction to Canadian legal materials in print and electronic format.


This is an introductory guide to Canadian legal research. Most of the books listed are in Compact Shelving on the first floor of the Mabie Law Library, but please note the location listed for individual items. Ask at Research Services if you are unable to locate any of the materials listed.

Other online guides to Canadian Legal Research

UPDATE: Researching Canadian Law (Tjaden, 2015) on GlobaLex: An introduction to the legal system, sources of law, and a bibliography of relevant treatises and articles. Includes a brief section on Legal Research in Quebec, with a bibliography of additional sources. Previous versions of Tjaden's guide is also archived on GlobaLex. A 2008 guide to Doing Legal Research in Canada, also by Tjaden, is available on

Best Guide to Canadian Legal Research Strategies for print and electronic research, a guide to researching statutes and regulations, and links to electronic research tools. 

Canadian Legal Research (Harvard) Primary and secondary sources. Locations and call numbers are for Harvard's law library, but links are included for many online sources.

Canadian Legal Research Guide (Georgetown) Federal and provincial materials. Links to Georgetown's catalog provide bibliographic information for print resources.

Canadian Legal Research (DukeCovers federal and provincial materials. Links to other research guides and to online sources.


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  • Researching Canadian Law: Case Approach (Murphy)
  • Researching Canadian Law: Federal Statute Approach (Murphy) Co-operative weblog about Canadian legal research and IT.

Heafey Law Library Research Team