You can pick from the following list of learning modules. Either click the icon to access the first page of the module, or click "View Table of Contents" and select a page you would like to start on.
The Research Process
Learn the importance of deeloping a good search strategy in order to quickly and effectively answer legal questions.
Searching Using Keywords and Boolean Logic
Learn about Boolean operators and other tips and tricks to be a more efficient researcher.
Go beyond the textbook! Learn about some of the key secondary resources used in law.
1. Introduction to Secondary Sources
- 1.1 What are Secondary Sources?
- 1.2 Why Search for Secondary Sources?
- 1.3 When to Search for Secondary Sources
- 1.4 Choosing a Source: How to Locate Secondary Sources
- 2.1 Textbooks: Expert Authority on Settled Law
- 2.2 Locating Textbooks: Using the Library Catalogue
- 2.3 e-Books
3. Legal Encyclopedias
- 3.1 Legal Encyclopedias
- 3.2 The Canadian Encyclopedic Digest
- 3.3 Using the CED
- 3.4 The CED Online
- 3.5 Halsbury's Laws of Canada
- 3.6 Using Halsbury's Laws of Canada
4. Government Documents
5. Legal Dictionaries
- 5.1 Legal Dictionaries & Books of Words and Phrases
- 5.2 Legal Dictionaries
- 5.3 Books of Words and Phrases
Legal Journals & Periodicals
Learn more about the various, major legal databases to which the University of Ottawa has a subscription, and how you can effectively use them in your legal research projects.
- 1.1 Legal Journals & Periodicals
- 1.2 Why Search for Periodical Literature?
- 1.3 Locating Periodical Literature
- 1.4 Selecting a Periodical Index
- 1.5 The Two-Step Approach
- 1.6 Using an Electronic Periodical Database
- 1.7 Navigating the Library's e-Journal Collection
- 1.8 Tips & Tricks for Periodical Research
- Review and Conclusion
Case Law and the Canadian Abridgment
Learn how case law comes into being, and the importance of legal precedent. Also learn how to use the Canadian Abridgment, the key resource for indexing and organizing Canadian case law.
- 1.1 What is Jurisprudence
- 1.2 How is Case Law Compiled
- 1.3 Finding Case Law
- 1.4 Secondary Sources
- 1.5 Case Law Indexes
- 1.6 Case Digests
- 1.7 Commercial and Legal Information Institute Databases
- 1.8 The Canadian Abridgement
- 1.9 What Can I Find by Using the Canadian Abridgment?
- 1.10 Updating and Noting-Up Cases
- 1.11 Updating and Noting-Up Using the Canadian Abridgment
- 1.12 Noting-Up Electronically
- 1.13 Noting-Up Electronically with QuickCITE
- 1.14 Noting-Up Electronically with KeyCite Canada
- Review and Conclusion