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LEGAL PROCESS Researching Secondary Sources

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LEGAL PROCESS Researching Secondary Sources

  1. 1. LEGAL PROCESS Researching Secondary Sources Fall 2008 By Yemisi Dina Associate Librarian, Head of Public Services Email: [email_address]
  2. 2. What are secondary sources? <ul><li>Legal Encyclopedias </li></ul><ul><li>Law reviews/Legal periodicals & Indexes </li></ul><ul><li>Legal dictionaries </li></ul><ul><li>Treatises/Monographs/Textbook </li></ul><ul><li>They are materials that explain, discuss, develop, locate, update and analyze legal doctrines. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Legal Encyclopedias <ul><li>Canadian Encyclopedic Digest (CED) </li></ul><ul><li>Available in print and electronically on WestlaweCarswell </li></ul><ul><li>Halsburys Laws of Canada </li></ul><ul><li>Available in print </li></ul><ul><li>O’Briens Encyclopedia of Forms and Precedent </li></ul><ul><li>Available in print and electronically </li></ul><ul><li>They provide objective background information about a subject matter or legal doctrine. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Legal Dictionaries <ul><li>The Dictionary of Canadian Law KF156 D84 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>Canadian Law Dictionary KF156 Y63 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>Black’s Law Dictionary KF156 B53 2004 (Available in Westlaw) </li></ul><ul><li>Canadian Legal Words and Phrases (Available on LexisNexis/Quicklaw) </li></ul><ul><li>They provide definitions and meanings of legal terminologies. Some dictionaries also contain abbreviations of legal periodicals which is very useful for citation purposes. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Legal Periodicals/Law Reviews <ul><li>HeinOnline </li></ul><ul><li>LexisNexis/Quicklaw </li></ul><ul><li>WestlaweCarswell </li></ul><ul><li>CCH Online </li></ul><ul><li>Legal periodicals consist of journals, commentaries, newsletters which contain articles written by experts analyzing and criticising various issues. Footnotes in some of these articles also lead to sources of primary information </li></ul>
  6. 6. Legal Indexes <ul><li>Index to Canadian Legal Literature (Available in LexisNexis/Quicklaw and WestlaweCarswell) </li></ul><ul><li>Index to Legal Periodicals </li></ul><ul><li>Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals </li></ul><ul><li>LegalTrac </li></ul><ul><li>They provide access to legal periodicals, pointing you to where the articles, commentaries have been published. The library has a number of them in print and electronic. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Books/Treatises/Monographs <ul><li>Print </li></ul><ul><li>Ebooks </li></ul><ul><li>Using the library catalogue by creating your search techniques, you can search for print and electronic books. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Library Catalogue – always start with the library catalogue ( http:// www.library.yorku.ca / ) <ul><li>Search by title, author and periodicals </li></ul><ul><li>Search for eResources by title and subject </li></ul><ul><li>You can also search WorldCat – a catalogue of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide </li></ul><ul><li>Remember to select the YORK-Law as your location </li></ul>
  9. 9. Interlibrary loans <ul><li>Register on RACER </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct your search and establish the fact that it is not available anywhere in York University </li></ul><ul><li>Place your request on RACER </li></ul><ul><li>If found anywhere, you will receive a notification </li></ul><ul><li>RACER will not find cases or statutes for you </li></ul>
  10. 10. References <ul><li>Mersky, Roy and Dunn, Donald Fundamentals of legal research , New York: Foundation Press, 2002. </li></ul><ul><li>Cohen, Morris Legal research in a nutshell, St Paul, MN: Thomson/West 2007. </li></ul><ul><li>Tjaden, Ted Researching Canadian Law - http://www.nyulawglobal.org/Globalex/Canada1.htm </li></ul>
  11. 11. Research Tips <ul><li>Start on time </li></ul><ul><li>Build your keywords </li></ul><ul><li>Always ask for help </li></ul><ul><li>Librarians are there to help you! </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you! </li></ul>

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