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These databases are particularly good sources for legal research, including case law and legislation, and secondary legal literature. Some indexes are more suitable for certain questions than others. Please also see our list of Criminology databases.

For further help, please contact Liaison Librarian for Criminology.

Top Resources

  1. Canadian case law and statutes
  2. Access to BestCase, CriminalSource and LawSource. Contains former Criminal Spectrum content.
  3. Canadian legal research sources.
  4. Information about individual Canadian federal government bills.
  5. HeinOnline includes more than 75 million pages of law and law-related research material stored digitally in a fully-searchable, image-based format.

Other Resources

  1. Provides quick tips and answers to a diverse assortment of legal research questions
  2. BC Laws provides free public access to the current laws of British Columbia. This unofficial current consolidation of BC Statutes and Regulations is updated continually as new and amended laws come into force.

  3. Contains Canadian law reports.
  4. Online access to British Columbia Estate Planning and Wealth Preservation published by the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia.
  5. Access to decisions from 1980 to current, as well as Canadian Human Rights Reporter eVolumes (from v.78 to current) as well as Current Law and Human Rights Digest.
  6. Canadian government publications.
  7. Full text Canadian criminal case law, criminal and related legislation, law reports and digests, annotated criminal codes (Tremeer's and Crankshaw's), and commentary.

    NOTE: After clicking "Connect", select the "Criminal Source" tab in the upper left corner.

  8. Books & pamphlets on English and French Canada from first contact to late 19th century.

    Notre Mémoire en Ligne contient des livres rares, revues et publications gouvernementales datant des années 1600 jusqu'aux années 1940.

  9. All of the papers issued by the British House of Commons between 1801-1900 in all formats. More than 184,000 searchable full text documents. HCPP currently contains indexing for 1801-2004, full text for the entire 19th century, full text for 1901-1978 and indexing and full text for 2004-2006. The remainder of the 20th century content (1979-2004) will be completed by Spring 2007
  10. Current Canadian legal information

    Note: From the "Finding Tools" area within LawSource, you can choose particular subsets. For example: "Index to Canadian Legal Literature", "Law Reports, Articles and Journals", "Words & Phrases", etc.

  11. Catalogue of the Legislative Library and BC Newspaper and Periodicals Indexes.
  12. International news coverage, business news, legal cases and law reports.
  13. The LLMC-Digital Law Library database includes over 6,000 titles in more than 73,000 volumes (over 45 million pages) covering the U.S. , Canada, and a range of other jurisdictions
  14. Decisions from 1972 to the present.
    Access to the pdfs in this database is restricted to current SFU students, faculty and staff. To get the user name & password, contact an SFU librarian.

    Library staff can view details with their CRDB login or through the staff library website.

  15. Access to online looseleaf titles published by Thomson Reuters Carswell
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