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Guide to research sources for Canadian and BC law.

About this guide

This guide lists key sources of information for Canadian legal research. 

For more general information about criminology and the criminal justice system in Canada, please see our Criminology guide.

Key legal resources

These are our most popular legal resources. Use the sidebar to find other resources.

Tools for background info

Dictionaries ... help you to understand specialized terms

Encyclopedias ... give you a basic understanding of the law and list key sources

"Legal encyclopedias contain a narrative summary of the law, supported by references to primary sources. A legal encyclopedia may be the fastest way for you to get a reasonably current summary of the law on a certain topic and to obtain references to relevant primary sources." (emphasis added)
SOURCE: The Canadian Legal Research and Writing Guide, 2018, section 3.2.1. 2018 CanLII Docs 161

Help is available!

Legal research can be very challenging. You need to know a bit about how laws are created and changed in Canada, and how courts apply these laws in legal cases.

Courthouse Libraries BC has created an Online Legal Research Course with videos covering different steps in the research process.

The KPU Library has developed the following guides to help you with your research. Please visit the library or ask a librarian (by phone, email or online chat) for additional assistance.

These other research guides are excellent: