Canadian Legal Research

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

Canadian Encyclopedic Digest

The Canadian Enclyclopedic Digest is available on Westlaw (CED) and WestlawNext Canada. Print editions for Ontario and Western Canada were combined in the electronic source to provide coverage of law in the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, and Saskatchewan. Canadian Abridgment Digests are a finding tool available on WestlawNext Canada.


Canadian Case Citations = Références jurisprudentielles canadiennes
Law Compact Shelving KE173 .C3533

Canadian statute citations = Références législatives canadiennes
Law Compact Shelving KE173 .C3552

Regulations Judicially Considered ( -- 2005)
Law Compact Shelving KE173 .C35527

Rules Judicially Considered ( -- 2009)
Law Compact Shelving KE173 .C3553


To locate treatises on Canadian law, search OSCAR by keyword or by subject, e.g.:

  • Labor Laws and Legislation - Canada
  • Intellectual Property - Canada
  • Taxation - Canada‚Äč

then browse the shelves at the appropriate call numbers (e.g., KE5669, Canadian tax law)

OR browse OSCAR by call number
  (KE identifies Canadian legal materials in the Library of Congress classification system)

Most Canadian materials are shelved in Compact Shelving.  Ask at Research Services if you do not know where to look.

To determine appropriate subject searches in OSCAR, consult the Library of Congress Subject Headings volumes on the dictionary stand in the Reading Room: Z695.Z8 L52.

Several prominent Canadian law treatises are available on WestlawNext Canada; click on the heading Texts and Annotations.

If we do not have a source which you need, we may be able to obtain it via interlibrary loan (ILL). Ask a law librarian if you need help submitting an ILL request.

Journal Literature

To locate Canadian Periodicals in the Mabie Law Library, search OSCAR by subject: law Canada periodicals.

To locate periodical articles on Canadian law:

  • search the law reviews and journals databases on (2NDARY;ALLREV) and Westlaw;
  • older issues of the Index to Canadian Legal Literature are available in print (Reference/Index KE1 C352);
  • use the electronic version of the Index to Periodical Literature and Books or LegalTrac -- accessible from the law library legal indexes list; or
  • use the Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals accessible from the law library legal indexes list.

When researching periodical literature, remember that many U.S. and British journals contain articles about Canadian law.

Heafey Law Library Research Team