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Author: Douglass T MacEllven
Publisher: Markham, Ont. : LexisNexis Butterworths, 2003.
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Genre/Form: Handbooks and manuals
Handbooks, manuals, etc
Guides, manuels, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Douglass T MacEllven
ISBN: 0433437685 9780433437680 0433437693 9780433437697
OCLC Number: 52920030
Description: xxxii, 506 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Chapter 1: Legal research concepts --
A. Finding relevant law possessing primary authority --
B. Mandatory or persuasive primary authority law and secondary authority legal literature --
C. Computer or print --
D. Framing the legal issue with keywords and conducting the search --
Chapter 2: Statutes --
A. Overview of statutory research --
B. Federal statutes --
C. Provincial and territorial statutes --
D. Constitutional documents and literature --
E. Treaties --
Chapter 3: Subordinate legislation --
A. Federal regulations --
B. Federal orders in council --
C. Provincial regulations --
D. Court rules --
Chapter 4: Statute and case citators --
Part one --
Hard-copy citators --
A. Canadian Abridgment Revised 2nd Components, Canadian Statute Citations, and Canadian Case Citations --
B. Statute citators for civil statutes --
C. Instructions for use --
statute citators --
D. Statute citators for the Criminal Code and related statutes --
E. Case citators --
Part two --
Electronic citators --
A. Westlaw, eCARSWELL --
B. Canada Law Book --
C. LexisNexis, Quicklaw, and CanLII --
D. Income Tax Citators --
Chapter 5: Law reports and electronic judgments --
Part one --
Law reports --
A. General features --
B. Specific law report titles and their electronic locations --
Part two --
Electronic judgments --
A. General features --
B. Specific electronic judgment sources --
Chapter 6: Digests and indexes for locating cases --
A. Analysis --
B. Selection of specific digests and indexes: applying the factors to be considered --
C. Specific digests and indexes: instructions on use and illustrations --
D. Summary of chapter --
Chapter 7: Legal encyclopedias --
A. Canadian Encyclopedic Digest (Ontario 3rd Edition) --
B. Canadian Encyclopedic Digest (Western 3rd Edition) --
Chapter 8: Legal periodicals, legal periodical indexes, and full-text electronic sources --
A. Types of periodicals and common features of indexes --
B. Periodical indexes for Canadian legal literature --
C. Full-text electronic sources --
D. Searching on electronic periodical indexes --
Chapter 9: Other secondary literature research sources --
A. Textbooks --
B. Looseleaf services --
C. Forms and precedents sets --
D. Words and phrases sets and legal dictionaries --
E. Directories --
Chapter 10: Electronic legal research --
A. Research using electronic databases --
B. Internet searching --
C. Information providers --
Chapter 11: Research checklists --
A. Master research checklist --
B. Subject-Area Research checklists --
C. Locating case citations. Chapter 12: Researching Québec law --
A. What is Québec law? --
B. Legislation --
C. The Civil Code --
D. Subordinate legislation --
E. Researching case law --
F. Legal literature --
G. Conclusion --
Chapter 13: Researching English law --
A. Legislation and judicial structures --
B. Statutes and statutory instruments --
C. Law reports --
D. Digests and indexes --
E. Citators --
F. Legal encyclopedias --
G. Legal periodicals --
H. Textbooks and reference material --
I. Online sources --
Chapter 14: Researching American law --
A. Legislative and judicial structures --
B. Statutes and regulations --
C. Law reports --
D. Digests --
E. Citators --
F. Legal encyclopedias --
G. Legal periodicals --
H. Textbooks and reference material --
Chapter 15: Researching French law --
A. What is French law? --
B. Legislation and regulation --
C. Case law --
D. Doctrine --
E. Conclusion --
Chapter 16: Researching European Union law --
A. Overview --
B. Legislative and judicial structure --
C. Legislation --
D. Law reports --
E. Digests and indexes --
F. Citators --
G. Legal encyclopedias --
H. Legal periodicals --
I. Textbooks and reference material --
J. Online sources --
Chapter 17: Researching law of Australia, New Zealand, and other Commonwealth jurisdictions --
Part one --
Researching Australian law --
A. Legislative and judicial structures --
B. Statutes and regulations --
C. Law reports --
D. Digests --
E. Citators --
F. Legal encyclopedias --
G. Legal periodicals --
H. Textbooks and reference material --
I. Online sources --
Part two --
Researching New Zealand law --
A. Legislative and judicial structures --
B. Statutes and regulations --
C. Law reports --
D. Digests --
E. Citators --
F. Legal encyclopedias --
G. Legal periodicals --
H. Textbooks and reference material --
I. Online sources --
Part three --
Researching law of other Commonwealth jurisdictions --
Chapter 18: Researching foreign, comparative, and international law --
A. Overview --
B. Foreign law --
C. Comparative law --
D. Public international law --
E. Sources of international law --
Chapter 19: Business, social science, science, and government publications research --
A. Business, social science, and science research --
B. Research in government publications --
Chapter 20: Improving legal writing --
A. Types and purposes of legal writing --
B. Legal writing improvement checklist --
Chapter 21: Law firm libraries --
A. Library functions required in all law firms --
B. Hiring a librarian --
Appendix A: Table of report and digest abbreviations --
Appendix B: Glossary of legal research terms and concepts --
Index.
Responsibility: Douglass T. MacEllven [and others].

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