Law Guide

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The Gerard V. La Forest Law Library subscribes to a wide variety of law journals and legal periodicals, both online and in print. The list below is just a sample. For more resources, please visit our website.

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.

Key Resources

  • Quicklaw Plus
    NOTE: Users may click on the "Register Later" button at the bottom of the screen to gain immediate access, OR the "Register Now" button which will provide access to additional personal features. You must also accept the Terms and Conditions.

    LexisNexis Quicklaw offers access to primary and secondary Canadian legal sources. Coverage includes case law from courts, boards, and tribunals; statutes, regulations and bills; secondary legal materials and journals; and NetLetters with legal commentary and analysis. Plus edition includes Halsbury's Laws of England and Halsbury's Laws of Canada. To find the insurance, labour, and employment law content formerly available on CCH Online, go to the Source Directory and use the key search term L&B.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • LegalTrac
    Provides references to articles in major law reviews, legal newspapers, bar association journals, and international (including English-language and French-language Canadian) legal journals. Also includes references to selected law-related articles from business and general interest publications.
    LegalTrac also provides access to over 100 full-text journals covering the aforementioned fields of study.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • HeinOnline
    HeinOnline is a comprehensive database of U.S. and international law journals, treatises, yearbooks, reports, cases, treaties, and other legal information resources. Organized into collections called “libraries,” all documents are image-based, full-text searchable PDFs. Most of HeinOnline’s libraries are searchable by citation.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • Index to Canadian Legal Literature (Journals and Texts subset)
    NOTE: At the LexisNexis Quicklaw sign-in screen, click on "Register Later".

    Canada's indispensable bibliography of secondary legal sources, the Index to Canadian Legal Literature (ICLL) is a bilingual aid to finding journal articles, monographs, government documents, etc. The journals and texts subset of ICLL is a compilation of citations to articles and other texts indexed in ICLL.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • Index to Canadian Legal Literature (Book Reviews subset)
    NOTE: At the LexisNexis Quicklaw sign-in screen, click on "Register Later".

    Canada's indispensable bibliography of secondary legal sources, the Index to Canadian Legal Literature (ICLL) is a bilingual aid to finding journal articles, monographs, government documents, etc. The book reviews subset of ICLL is a compilation of citations to book review articles indexed in ICLL.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.

Additional Resources

  • AGIS Plus Text
    Based on the Australian Attorney-General's Information Service, this database provides indexing to English language legal periodicals from several countries, including many Australian and New Zealand titles. Full-text coverage is available for about one quarter of the titles, with an emphasis on Australian and New Zealand titles. All areas of law are covered.
    5 simultaneous users.
  • Canadian Bar Association
    The Canadian Bar Association represents some 36,000 lawyers, judges, notaries, law teachers, and students across Canada and provides access to a number of publications and resources through its website, some of which are restricted to members only. Its official, bilingual, scholarly journal, The Canadian Bar Review, publishes articles that deal with a wide variety of legal topics of interest to its membership. The Canadian Competition Law Review, formerly the Canadian Competition Review, is a peer-edited journal on competition law and economics in Canada.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • Index to Legal Periodicals & Books Full Text
    This database indexes over 1,135 legal journals, law reviews, yearbooks, institutes, statutes, bar association publications, university publications, and government publications. It also indexes approximately 1,400 monographs per year. Full text access to over 325 select periodicals is available as far back as 1994. International coverage includes periodicals from the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective
    With approximately 540,000 records, this retrospective database indexes over 750 legal periodicals published in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand from 1908 to 1981. Annual surveys of the laws of a jurisdiction, annual surveys of the federal courts, yearbooks, annual institutes, and annual reviews of the work in a given field or on a given topic are also covered.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • WorldLII International Legal Scholarship Library
  • Index to Canadian Legal Periodical Literature

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Reference Sources

The following electronic and print resources will assist in answering many basic law-related questions.

Print materials are located in the reference section of the Gerard V. La Forest Law Library, located on the second floor of Ludlow Hall, the Faculty of Law building on UNB’s Fredericton campus. To find additional reference materials, check UNB WorldCat (library catalogue), visit our website, or ask staff at the Law Library.

Key Resources

  • Dictionary of law, A
    Written in clear, jargon-free language, this dictionary is ideal for anyone without a legal qualification who comes into contact with the law. It is a useful reference book for lawyers, students, and secretaries in the UK or any Commonwealth country where the legal system is founded on English law. Entries define and explain the major terms, concepts, processes, and organization of the law. Coverage includes European law, the Internet, world trade, divorce law, local government, property law, consumer and data protection, and criminal law.
    5 simultaneous users.
  • Duhaime's Law Dictionary

    An online dictionary of Canadian law. Maintained by a lawyer in British Columbia.

  • Halsbury's Laws of Canada
    NOTE: At the LexisNexis Quicklaw sign-in screen, click on "Register Later".

    Halsbury's Laws of Canada is a comprehensive general encyclopaedia of Canadian statutory and judicial law and an essential starting point for understanding any given legal topic. Each title is written by a leading Canadian academic, practitioner, or jurist.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • Canadian Encyclopedic Digest (Ont) [LAW-REF STACK 105]

    The Canadian Encyclopedic Digest, or CED, is a comprehensive Canadian legal encyclopedia. It is published in a Western edition, and an Ontario edition. The Western edition covers the law of the four Western provinces. Although these two editions exist, the contents of many titles are exactly the same in both editions. The currency and quality of the content varies considerably from one title to the next.

  • Quick Guide to Researching Canadian Statutes: The Canadian Abridgment, A [Law Library Shelf # 99 KF241 .S73 Q55 2006]
  • Index to Canadian Legal Literature

    Canada's indispensable bibliography of secondary legal sources, the Index to Canadian Legal Literature (ICLL) is a bilingual aid to finding journal articles, monographs, government documents, etc. The journals and texts subset of ICLL is a compilation of citations to articles and other texts indexed in ICLL. Also available in Quicklaw. An excellent index to find articles on legal issues.

  • Martin's Online Criminal Code
    Searchable by offence, criminal code section, and date, Martin's Online Criminal Code includes all versions of Martin's Annual Criminal Code dating back to 1955. Most cases cited in Martin's are also provided in full text.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • Words and Phrases Judicially Considered [LAW-REF STACK 103]

    A component of the Canadian Abridgment, Words and Phrases contains legal terms and examples of how they have been judicially defined in court.

  • Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations

    An online resource to assist persons in deciphering legal abbreviations.

  • Legal Research and Writing

    An online resource providing information on how to research Canadian law.

Additional Resources

  • Halsbury's Laws of England
    NOTE: At the LexisNexis Quicklaw sign-in screen, click on "Register Later".

    Halsbury's Laws is a comprehensive and authoritative encyclopedia of the law of England and Wales, arranged in an alphabetical scheme of over 160 subjects. Within each subject, reference is made to pertinent legislation and case law. Other components of the service include Halsbury's Is it in Force?, Halsbury's SI Citator, and Halsbury's Statutes Citator.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • Juris Classeur
    NOTE: At the LexisNexis Quicklaw sign-in screen, click on "Register Later".

    Juris Classeur, the premiere encyclopedia of French and European Union law, is an authoritative collection of articles, or fascicles, by legal experts on discrete topics. Thousands of these commentaries are brought together under 51 broad categories to comprise each volume of the encyclopedia and are linked to full-text cases, statutes, and codes. La Semaine Juridique, a weekly review of legal news, and Depeches JurisClasseur, a daily collection of brief legal news items, are also available in Quicklaw.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • Black's Law Dictionary [LAW-REFDSK KF156 .B53 2014]

    For more than a century, Black's Law Dictionary has been the gold standard for the language of law. This edition contains more than 50,000 terms, including more than 7,500 terms new to this edition. It also features expanded bibliographic coverage, definitions of more than 1,000 law-related abbreviations and acronyms, and reviewed and edited Latin maxims.

  • Dictionary of Canadian Law [LAW-REFDSK KF156 .D84 2011]
  • Martindale-Hubbell Canadian Law Directory [LAW-REFDSK KF195 .ZA2 M37 2009]
  • Martindale - Hubbell International Law Digest [LAW-REFDSK KF75 .M33 2005]

    The 2000 - 2004 editions are in LAW-STOR (please ask at the Circulation Desk).

  • Index to Legal Citations and Abbreviations [LAW-REFDSK K89 .R35 2013]
  • West's Encyclopedia of American Law [LAW-REF KF154 .W47 2005 vols. 1-13]

    The first edition (1997) is cited in Public Library Catalog; the original release, The Guide to American Law (1983-85) is cited in Books for College Libraries, 3rd ed. Designed for college students, law students, and general readers, this massive, thorough, and well planned 13-volume reference provides information on pertinent people, issues, and events, as well as discussion of the laws themselves. This edition features new and revised entries, and greater attention to topics concerning women and minorities. Entries are cross-referenced and are supplemented with timelines, tables, essay boxes, b #38;w photos, and reading lists. The following selection reflects the range of topics: abortion, agriculture, Aristotle, communism, fish and fishing, Newt Gingrich, Emma Goldman, three strikes laws, and welfare. Following ten volumes of entries in alphabetical order, Volume 11 presents five milestone cases: Brown v. Board of Education, Lawrence v. Texas, Miranda v. Arizona, New York Times v. Sullivan, and Roe v. Wade. Volume 12 is devoted to primary documents and legal forms, with sections on English law, the colonial period, slavery, women's rights, and presidential speeches, among other themes. Volume 13 contains a cases index, general index, and dictionary of legal terms (210 pages), which, consistent to the work as a whole, provides definitions in accessible language. Annotation #169;2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com) Distributed by Syndetic Solutions, Inc.

Find Books

To search for books at UNB Libraries, use the library's online catalogue, UNB WorldCat. UNB WorldCat contains records for 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 second floor of the Law Library, arranged by call number, and may be checked out using your UNB or STU ID card.

You can also access a large number of eBooks on law-related subjects through UNB WorldCat. Off-campus, you can access these same online eBooks by logging in with your university credentials.

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.

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Find Websites

The Law Library provides access to many online resources that all UNB and STU students, faculty and staff may use, both on- and off-campus. Visit the Law Library's website to access these resources.

There are links to many free websites listed on our webpage, which are arranged by legal topic and freely available to anyone with access to the Internet. Of particular note is the Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII), which provides free access to Canadian case law and legislation.

Cases and Legislation

All UNB and STU students and faculty have access to Quicklaw Plus, a comprehensive legal research database that provides access to cases, legislation, journals, newsletters, and other legal commentary. When accessing Quicklaw Plus, users will be prompted to register. Click Register Later at the bottom of the screen for immediate access, or use the Register Now button for access to additional personal features. You must accept the terms and conditions to use this resource.

The Law Library's print collection includes Canadian cases from courts, boards, and commissions, as well as legislation passed by Canadian federal, provincial, and territorial governments. If you need to find cases or legislation in print, please visit the Law Library on the second floor of Ludlow Hall.

The first six resources listed below provide access to Canadian case law, legislation, and commentary. The last two resources, Justis and ICLR Online, provide access to case law and legislation from the United Kingdom and the European Union. To find more resources, please visit the our website.

Key Resources

  • Quicklaw Plus
    NOTE: Users may click on the "Register Later" button at the bottom of the screen to gain immediate access, OR the "Register Now" button which will provide access to additional personal features. You must also accept the Terms and Conditions.

    LexisNexis Quicklaw offers access to primary and secondary Canadian legal sources. Coverage includes case law from courts, boards, and tribunals; statutes, regulations and bills; secondary legal materials and journals; and NetLetters with legal commentary and analysis. Plus edition includes Halsbury's Laws of England and Halsbury's Laws of Canada. To find the insurance, labour, and employment law content formerly available on CCH Online, go to the Source Directory and use the key search term L&B.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • CanLII

    A free online resource open to anyone to use; no username or password required. Excellent source of Canadian case law and legislation.

  • Supreme Court of Canada Cases

    Online versions of the Supreme Court of Canada cases, as hosted by the University of Montreal.

  • Department of Justice Current Legislation (Canada - Federal)

    Federal legislation as found on the Department of Justice website.

  • New Brunswick Legislation (Attorney General)

    New Brunswick legislation as hosted by the Attorney General website.

  • JustisOne (formerly Justis and JustCite)
    The resources previously available through Justis and JustCite are now available through JustisOne. JustisOne provides access to all UK statutes dating back to 1235. The full text of legislation, including repealed legislation, is provided as originally enacted with references to amending legislation. Legislation is formatted to resemble the original printed documents, including side notes. UK statutory instruments back to 1671 are also included. UNB's subscription includes access to the full-text of reported and unreported civil and criminal judgments from England and Wales (coverage varies). JustisOne incorporates features from JustCite, a citator service that cross-references case law and legislation from a number of jurisdictions, including Canada.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.
  • ICLR.3
    ICLR.3 is an online legal research platform that provides access to every case published by the Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for England and Wales, along with an archive of unreported case law and citator information.
    Unlimited simultaneous users.

Citing Your Sources

Citing Your Sources

Accurate, properly formatted footnotes, reading lists, and bibliographies are hallmarks of good academic research. Through citing, you acknowledge the source of any ideas you mention in your writing, document your research, and provide the information your readers need to track down your sources. Numerous citation styles exist.

The citation style used by lawyers and law students for Canadian legal materials is:

There is no online version of this guide at the present time; however, the University of British Columbia Law Library has put together a legal citations subject guide, which is available freely on the internet.

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