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Bus 393 introduction to commercial law resources

BUS 393 Introduction to Commercial Law Resources

at

Simon Fraser University Library

Yolanda Koscielski, Liaison Librarian for Criminology,

Computing Science and Engineering

October 2009


Main topics how to
Main Topics: How to

  • 1. Look up the definitions of legal terms

  • 2. Find textbooks or commentaries (by lawyers and other writers) on your topic

  • 3. Find laws and regulations

  • 4. Find law cases on your topic

  • 5. Track down a legal case using a citation.


First steps sfu library website
First Steps:SFU Library Website

The library’s home page: www.lib.sfu.ca

Click on “Browse research guides”


Click on Business Administration,

-then on Bus Admin Area

-then on Commercial Law



1 how to look up the definitions of legal terms
1. How to: look up the definitions of legal terms?

The Dictionary of Canadian Law

[KE 183 D852 2004]

Canadian Law Dictionary

[KE 183 Y63 1998]


2 how to find textbooks or commentaries by lawyers and other writers on your topic
2. How to: find textbooks or commentaries by lawyers and other writers on your topic?

  • Index to Canadian Legal Literature (Available via LawSource)

  • Canadian Business Law Journal

    (Available via CBCA Complete)

  • SFU Library Catalogue

  • Canada Corporations Law Reporter (Bennett Library Reference: HD 2808 C343)


Index to canadian legal literature available via lawsource
Index to Canadian Legal Literature (Available via other writers on your topic?LawSource)


Canadian business law journal available via cbca
Canadian Business Law Journal other writers on your topic?(Available via CBCA)


Sfu library catalogue
SFU Library Catalogue other writers on your topic?


Canada corporations law reporter corporate brief
Canada Corporations Law Reporter + other writers on your topic?Corporate Brief


3 how to find the text of laws and regulations
3. How to: find the text of laws and regulations? other writers on your topic?

  • For BC laws, the most up-to-date source is QP Legalese (or BC Laws)

  • For BC & other jurisdictions in Canada, use LawSource

  • For BC & other jurisdictions in Canada, use LexisNexis

  • Free public websites


Qp legalese
QP Legalese other writers on your topic?


Lawsource
LawSource other writers on your topic?


Free public websites
Free public websites other writers on your topic?

  • Consolidated Acts and regulations

    of Canada http://laws.justice.gc.ca/en/

  • BC Laws http://www.bclaws.ca/


Free public websites1
Free public websites other writers on your topic?

  • Canadian Legal Information Institute

    http://www.canlii.org/


4 how to find law cases on your topic
4. How to: find law cases on your topic? other writers on your topic?

  • Use the Canadian Encyclopedic Digest (CED)The CED will always point you to major cases which have established the legal points in question. The CED is available electronically through LawSource.

  • Use the Canadian Abridgement. This is yet another resource which we have available online through LawSource.


Ced cad in lawsource
CED/CAD in Lawsource other writers on your topic?

  • Use the Canadian Encyclopedic Digest (CED)The CED will always point you to major cases which have established the legal points in question. The CED is available electronically through LawSource.

  • Use the Canadian Abridgement. This is yet another resource which we have available online through LawSource.


How to find law cases on your topic
How to: find law cases on your topic? other writers on your topic?

  • Do a keyword search in a database of Canadian magazine and newspaper articles. This is useful for finding prominent cases which have been covered in the media.

  • Recommended databases:

    CBCA Fulltext Business

    Canadian NewsStand


How to find law cases on your topic1
How to: find law cases on your topic? other writers on your topic?

  • Look at your course textbook. Frequently your textbook will refer to major cases in discussing the law on your topic.

  • Use the secondary literature. An article on your topic will almost always refer you to specific relevant cases.


5 i ve got the citation to a specific case how can i get the judgment
5. I've got the citation to a specific case. How can I get the judgment?

  • Once you have the citation to a specific case you can try to locate the judgment. However, even just understanding the citation can be a challenge.

    Wells v. Newfoundland (1997), 156 Nfld. & P.E.I.R. 271, 483 A.P.R. 271, 5 Admin. L.R. (3d) 113, 156 Nfld. & P.E.I.R. 271, NLCA


Case citation
Case Citation the judgment?

  • This report can be found in the 69th volume of the Dominion Law Reports on page 433

  • The "2nd" tells you that the DLR has been published in multiple series; the second series was 1956-68

  • SCBC indicates this was a Supreme Court of British Columbia decision


Case citation1
Case Citation the judgment?

  • This seems rather complicated, and it is, but fortunately LawSource makes it easy. From the homepage, where it says: Case, you can type in the names of the parties involved.

  • Ex: Wells v. Newfoundland (1997), 156 Nfld. & P.E.I.R. 271, 483 A.P.R. 271, 5 Admin. L.R. (3d) 113, 156 Nfld. & P.E.I.R. 271, NLCA


Interpreting lawsource symbols
Interpreting LawSource symbols the judgment?

  • A red flagwarns you that the case may not be good law, indicating that the decision has been reversed, or has not been followed within the same jurisdiction or by the Supreme Court of Canada.

  • A yellow flagwarns that the decision has some negative history or treatment, but has not been reversed or overruled.

  • Note: If a decision has a red or yellow flag, any decision lower than it in the direct history chain will also have a status flag at least as severe assigned to it.


Sources for us legal information
Sources for US Legal Information the judgment?

  • Cases:

    • LexisNexis (US)

  • Secondary Legal Literature:

    • Books in library catalogue—may give your legal topic (e.g., contracts) a comparative treatment

    • LexisNexis: (US and other international)

    • HeinOnline: Law Journal Library: international and non-U.S. law journals


Main topics how to1
Main Topics: How to the judgment?

  • 1. Look up the definitions of legal terms

  • 2. Find textbooks or commentaries (by lawyers and other writers) on your topic

  • 3. Find laws and regulations

  • 4. Find law cases on your topic

  • 5. Track down a legal case using a citation.


Reference research assistance
Reference & Research Assistance the judgment?

  • In-person

  • Telephone

  • E-mail

  • Virtual Ask Us Now Reference Service


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