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Law, Disability Guide

Legal Encyclopedias

Legal encyclopedias contain narrative summaries of the law supported by references to case law and statutes. They are often the best place to start to gain a general understanding of the law in a particular area.

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

Electronically, CED is available in WestlawNext Canada (law students only), while Halsbury's is available in Lexis Advance Quicklaw (law students only; non-law students can access the campus-wide version of Advance Quicklaw via UNB Libraries)

Canadian:

  • Canadian Encyclopedic Digest
    • In print and electronically, the CED has a Human Rights title available.
    • In print and electronically, the CED has a Constitutional Law title available.
  • Halsbury's Laws of Canada
    • In print and electronically, there is a Discrimination and Human Rights title available. The title code for the print volume is HDH.
    • In print and electronically, there is a Constitutional Law (Charter of Rights) title available. The title code for the print volume is HCHR.

International:

  • Canadian Encyclopedic Digest
    • In print and electronically, the CED has an International Law title (title 87 in vol. 34 in print) with an "International Transactions" section that deals with treaties and conventions.
    • Note: this volume of CED hasn't been updated since 1995, so use with caution.
  • Halsbury's Laws of Canada
    • Both in print and electronically, there is a Public International Law title with a Human Rights section. The title code for the volume is HPI.

Journal Article Databases

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. An index is a systematic listing of journal articles by topic. A few key indexes in law are listed below.

Key Resources

Need help tracking down an article in print? Contact a law librarian for assistance.

Books

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 and/or LAW-REF are unavailable during the pandemic. You can request a scan of one chapter/10% of the total page count. Check the table of contents in the item's catalogue record to help narrow down your request.

Items shown as LAW-STACKS can be requested for pick-up or remote delivery. You can also request a scan of one chapter/10% of the total page count. Check the table of contents in the item's catalogue record to help narrow down your request.

Note that older versions of texts on reserve may be available in the stacks and thus can be requested for pick-up or remote delivery.

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The following books may be useful in your research:

Cases & Legislation

Key Resources

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

Statutes

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

  • Canadian Abridgment Digests
    • A digest service that indexes cases by subject. This is an extremely useful resource.
    • There are Human Rights volumes in print (vols 50-50B) and electronically in WestlawNext Canada (UNB Law students and faculty only).
    • There are Constitutional Law volumes in print and electronically in WestlawNext Canada (UNB Law students and faculty only).
  • Canada Digest
    • A digest service similar to the Canadian Abridgment.
    • The Canada Human Rights Law Digest is available electronically through Lexis Advance Quicklaw (UNB Law students and faculty only) and the campus-wide version of Advance Quicklaw (for non-law students).
    • The Canada Constitutional Law Digest is available electronically through Lexis Advance Quicklaw (UNB Law students and faculty only) and the campus-wide version of Advance Quicklaw (for non-law students).
  • Case Reporters
    • For current cases/decisions, please use electronic databases (i.e.: WestlawNext Canada, Lexis Advance Quicklaw) when available.


International:


Cases and Decisions

Government Documents

Note: use Google search operators to focus your search, such as the site operator (site:) and the filetype operator (filetype:). For example, including site:gc.ca and filetype:pdf with your keywords will retrieve PDF documents from Government of Canada websites. This is a good way to find government reports, as they are often in PDF format.

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.

Government organizations, such as the Canadian Human Rights Commission and the Premier's Council on Disabilities, will also have reports and publications available online.

International Treaties & Documents

A treaty is a formal agreement between two or more countries. A treaty may also be known as an international agreement, pact, convention, protocol, or covenant.

Treaties can be bilateral, multilateral, or plurilateral.

  • Bilateral: treaties between Canada and one other country
  • Multilateral: treaties between three or more countries
  • Plurilateral: treaties between one State and a group of States

Canadian Treaties and Documents

United Nations Documents

International, Foreign, and U.S. Treaties

Websites & Blogs

Note: use Google search operators to focus your search, such as the site operator (site:) and the filetype operator (filetype:). For example, including site:gc.ca and filetype:pdf with your keywords will retrieve PDF documents from Government of Canada websites. This is a good way to find government reports, as they are often in PDF format.

The following websites may be helpful for your research:

There are many blogs maintained by lawyers and law firms, and you can find many of them at lawblogs.ca. There are several blogs listed in the Disability and Human Rights categories that may be helpful.

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