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Law, Privacy Guide

Reference Sources

Reference Sources

There are two main legal encyclopedias in law: the Canadian Encyclopedic Digest (CED) and Halsbury's Laws of Canada (Halsbury's). Both are available in print in the Law Library in the reference section on the first floor.

Electronically, CED is available in WestlawNext Canada, while Halsbury's is available in Quicklaw and Lexis Advance Quicklaw. Please note that only UNB Law students and faculty have access to Lexis Advance Quicklaw and WestlawNext Canada.


Canadian Encyclopedic Digest

In print and electronically, the CED has an Privacy and Freedom of Information title available (title 124 in vol 44 in print series).

Please make sure you check the currency of these titles in WestlawNext Canada, as some of the CED titles can be years out of date.


Halsbury's Laws of Canada

Both in print and electronically, there is an Access to Information and Privacy title available. The title code for the volume is HAP.

Please check the currency of these titles. This resource provides information from each province in Canada, as well as federally.



To search for books at UNB Libraries, use UNB WorldCat, the library's catalogue. UNB WorldCat contains records of materials held at the Harriet Irving, Science and Forestry, Engineering, and Law libraries, as well as the Hans W. Klohn Library at UNB-Saint John.

In UNB WorldCat, items shown as LAW-RESERVE may be requested at the Law Library's circulation desk on the first floor. Items shown as LAW-STACKS are on the Law Library's second floor, arranged by call number.

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If you would like to browse the shelves, the call numbers below house privacy law texts:

  • KF 1262 A3–KF 1263 U5 I45

You can also find books relating to privacy with materials about court procedures (KF8725 .l34–KF8733 W4), labour law (KF3455 .B84–KF3455 .S56), and internet law (KF390.5 .C6 A72–KF390.5 .C6 T63).


    The following looseleaf texts are in our reserve collection. Bring a book's call number to the circulation desk to check it out for three hours.


    The following books are available in the stacks. Please use UNB WorldCat to find more materials.


    You can also access a large number of eBooks on law-related subjects through UNB WorldCat. Below are a few databases that have law texts.

    • MyiLibrary
    • eBrary
    • HeinOnline (has some older legal classics)
    • LLMC (has some older legal classics)
    • Quicklaw (has some current texts; open to all UNB and STU students and faculty, but UNB Law students and facutly must sign in with their username and password to access the full Quicklaw package)
    • Lexis Advance Quicklaw (has some current texts; only available to UNB Law students and faculty)
    • WestlawNext Canada (has some current texts; only availble to UNB Law students and faculty)



    If you already know the journal title, year, volume number and page number for an article, you may be able to access it electronically by searching for the journal's title in the UNB e-journals database. If we have the journal electronically or in print, it will be listed. You can also look up the journal title in UNB WorldCat.

    Keep in mind that it can be best to start with an index rather than a full-text journal search. A few key indexes in law are listed below.

    Key Resources

    There are other indexes available in print and electronically, as well as more full-text journal databases. See a librarian for assistance. For more resources, please visit the Law Library website.

    Cases and Legislation

    Cases & Legislation

    Key Resources

    The following databases and websites provide access to federal and provincial cases and legislation.



    The following statutes are related to privacy law in Canada. Use one of the databases above to find others.


    New Brunswick


      Cases and Decisions

      Along with searching the databases mentioned above, one can use other tools to find case law:

      • Canadian Abridgment Digests
        A digest service that indexes cases by subject. This is an extremely useful resource. There is a Privacy and Freedom of Information volume availabe in print (vol 86) and electronically in WestlawNext Canada (UNB Law students and faculty only).

      Government Documents

      Government Documents

      Government departments and agencies publish a great deal of important law-related information. The Law Library's collection of printed government documents is located on the library's third floor. Use UNB WorldCat to search, or ask a library staff member for help. 

      The Harriet Irving Library also has government documents, which can be located through UNB WorldCat.

      For government documents that are available online, try using UNB Libraries' Google Custom Search.

      Select resources:

      Websites & Blogs


      The following websites may be helpful for your research:


      • Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
        The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada oversees compliance with the Privacy Act, which covers the personal information-handling practices of federal government departments and agencies, and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), Canada’s federal private-sector privacy law.
      • Annual reports on the Privacy Act and PIPEDA (Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada)
        Annual reports that outline the work the Office of the Privacy Commissioner undertakes in support of its mandate to oversee the two federal privacy acts. The reports include statistics and details on privacy trends, investigations, and audits.

      New Brunswick

      Blogs and News

      There are many blogs maintained by lawyers and law firms, and you can find many of them at The following are a few blogs that might be helpful for privacy law research:

      • All About Information
        A legal blog about privacy and access to information, protection of confidential business information, libel and slander, and the law of production.
      • The Canadian Privacy Law Blog
        Developments in privacy law and writings of a Canadian privacy lawyer, containing information related to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (aka PIPEDA) and other Canadian and international laws.
      • Éloïse Gratton: Privacy & IT Law
        Posts about privacy and IT law by Éloïse Gratton, a partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP and National Co-Leader of the Privacy and Data Security Practice Group.
      • Michael Geist
        Posts about Internet and intellectual property law issues, which can touch on privacy. Dr. Michael Geist is a law professor at the University of Ottawa and an expert on intellectual property law.

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