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Sociology of law: Library and online resources

  1. 1. Sociology of LawLibrary and online resources<br />
  2. 2. Start at the resources by subject section of the library website (under Find)<br />
  3. 3. Choose the option to Browse all guides<br />
  4. 4. We have guides for SociologyPolitical Studiesand Legal Resources <br />
  5. 5. This is the sociology subject guide<br />
  6. 6. It has suggested reference sources, databases for searching the content of sociological articles and recommended websites.<br />
  7. 7. The Legal Resources guide has information tabs for Statutes, Case Law, Research Databases etc.<br />
  8. 8. Important things to consider…<br />Canadian Law is generated by Federal or Provincial legislatures. <br />Legislatures have control of different areas of law (or jurisdictions)<br />To get started, it helps to know which house has control over the area of law you are interested in.<br />
  9. 9. Statutes (existing laws) can be found online.Check the Legal Resources Subject Guide <br />E-laws -The Ontario government site for consolidated statutes of Ontario <br />Canada - Department of Justice list of Federal statutes by title.<br />
  10. 10. Laws are not always static and can be challenged or changed.<br />Case Law represents the work of the courts, where decisions are made. Sometimes these set a legal precedent.<br />Canadian Case Law can be searched in CanLII - a free site managed by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada<br />Government will also ratify old laws or create new legislation.<br />
  11. 11. A “not so” precise recap of the legislative process<br />CANADA<br />Government or private member adopts a stance on an issue.<br />Bill is proposed – There is a first reading.<br />Goes to Committee for input.<br />Committee members study the bill, adopts a report and makes recommendations to accept, modify or start over.<br />Back to the whole house.<br />Other “Readings”.<br />A bill goes through Parliament and Senate – both chambers have a similar process.<br />
  12. 12. Canadian Parliamentary Sources Quick Access <br />LEGISInfo – quick access to text of proposed bills, legislative histories, press releases the verbatim debates (HANSARD) from the house, and further readings. Web Content starts in 2001. <br />TIPS: <br />Start with the FAQ section <br />Search by keywords in titles of bills<br />Search by bill number<br />Try searching newspapers, current events indexes or scholarly sources to get bill numbers or terms.<br />
  13. 13. LEGISInfo- one stop shopping for background, legislative history, text of bills and further readingBill C 38 (July 21, 2005)<br />
  14. 14. Canadian Parliamentary Sources Quick Access<br />Parliament of Canada Website – has schedules for the house and the senate, and committee information. Search the bill number for pertinent historical information.<br />
  15. 15. Key Canadian Parliamentary SourcesBills<br />About Federal Bills <br />Search Bills online by type, parliamentary session number, and bill number.<br />
  16. 16. Key Canadian Parliamentary Sources<br />Debates = the full text transcripts of parliament.<br />See <br />- Hansard (Online)<br />Can browse by session and date, (just like the bills)<br />Can search by clicking the session of parliament (at left) and then the index to Hansard (top left menu)<br />A limited Search the Debates by Subject option is available. Use the link on the Chamber Business page, to find a bill and related discussion from the House of Commons. (NOTE: This only appears to index sessions from 2006 on)<br />-<br />Hansard (In Print) See DOC J 103 A 42 (ground floor)<br />
  17. 17. To get into older indexes for HansardSelect the parliamentary session<br />
  18. 18. And look for the index<br />
  19. 19. NOTE: If you choose the option to browse by subject from the main commons page, the index only goes to 2006<br />
  20. 20. Key Canadian Parliamentary SourcesCommittee Proceedings<br /> Any organization or individual may submit a written brief to a committee of the House of Commons, even if they did not have the opportunity to appear as a witness. <br />Committee Proceedings and reports online <br />Older print materials can be searched in the library catalogue.<br />
  21. 21. Federal Committees information online<br />Federal (House) Committees site<br /> Has a list of existing committees. You can search by subject area, check for committee reports and see who is a witness for the committee.<br />Senate Committees <br /> Similar information is available for Senate Committees.<br />
  22. 22. Ontario Sources<br />Ontario Legislature online<br />Ontario Bills - online since 1995<br />Ontario Debates (Hansard) - online since 1981 - use advanced search)<br />Committees Section<br />
  23. 23. Public Debate anyone?<br />The library has several current events and news databases with Canadian News Content:<br />CBCA<br />Canadian Newsstand<br />CPIQ<br />http://hilltimes.com - an independently-owned newsweekly based in Ottawa. Very Parliamentary!<br />
  24. 24. News Databases can be found under the Databases tab in the “Legal resources” subject guide<br />
  25. 25. Searching CBCA<br /> Canadian Business and Current Affairs has content from <br />Newspapers<br />Magazines<br />Television transcripts<br />
  26. 26. Use the advanced search to add concepts by line and to specify where to search for your terms<br />
  27. 27. Results may be in full text or you may have to follow the “find a copy” and “get it” links to check the library holdings.<br />
  28. 28. Searching Canadian Newsstand<br />Canadian Newsstand includes full text newspaper content from across Canada<br />The Canadian Newsstand search looks the same as CBCA.<br />To limit results, you may want to avoid searching the full text of articles. To do this, search your terms in the “citation and abstract” section<br />
  29. 29. Searching for Interest groups in the newspaper database<br />
  30. 30. Other Interested Parties:Interest Groups, Political Activists, Lobbyists and Members of the general public<br />For input to Canadian Legislation - check parliamentary committees records, documents and minutes.<br />Check the websites section of the Legal Resources page for: <br /> Provincial Lobbyists registries. “Lobbyists” are defined by legislation and they may need to register with the level of government they are trying to persuade. <br /> Also try www.Hillwatch.com<br />
  31. 31. Need Scholarly Sources?<br />Check the scholarly journals tab for scholarly titles in CBCA<br />Or try other databases from the Databases tab of the Legal Resources subject guide.<br />
  32. 32. Need a Sociological perspective?<br />Return to the Sociology Subject guide for more Sociological Databases.<br />
  33. 33. To search for articles, try Sociological AbstractsFor best results use the advanced search (green tab). <br />
  34. 34. Tip: Search for terms as subjects (or descriptors) and use the second and third line to add additional concepts.<br />
  35. 35. TIP: You can also browse for journals on the subject of law (or legislation). Scroll down on the advanced search page and browse or search the list of journals.<br />
  36. 36. Here are some law journals that are indexed in sociological abstracts<br />
  37. 37. NOTE:<br />To search for your subject in <br />these journals, select the <br />AND operator and click the Add to search button<br />
  38. 38. Thank-you!!<br />

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