Case Law and the Canadian Abridgement – Secondary Sources

You should always familiarize yourself with a particular area of law before searching for cases. Secondary sources allow you to acquire a grasp of the area of law in question. Always consult secondary sources first!

For example, the leading textbooks on the subject are excellent resources, e.g.:

Another indispensible secondary source is the legal encyclopedia, e.g.:

Finally, annotated codes or statutes are tremendously helpful aids when searching for case law relating to a particular legislative section, e.g.:

See the module on secondary sources for more information on these and other types of secondary sources.