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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 ... help you to choose a topic and start your research

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: