Legal encyclopedias provide overviews of most areas of Canadian law. The leading Canadian legal encyclopedias are The Canadian Encyclopedic Digest - Ontario (CED) and Halsbury's Laws of Canada. Print versions are shelved in aisle 35 near the entrance of the Primary Sources room (2nd floor). Schulich Law students can also access CED via WestlawNext Canada and Halsbury's via LexisNexis Quicklaw.
Canadian Encyclopedic Digest - Ontario (4th ed.) (CED)
The CED is composed of:
- The Main work (volumes arranged by subject and numbered 1-52)
- The Supplements (outlining recent changes and new cases)
- The Index (topics listed alphabetically directing you to specific volumes/pages)
- The Research Guide and Key (How to use, and Table of Statutes, Regulations and Rules cited).
Select the appropriate subject volume or use the index to locate the correct subject volume, and then consult the table of contents to find relevant sections.
Halsbury's Laws of Canada
Halsbury's is composed of:
- The Main Work (57 volumes arranged by subject)
- The Cumulative Supplement (outlining recent changes)
- The Companion Guide and Consolidated Index (FAQs and topical index).
Select the appropriate subject volume or consult the topical index to locate relevant volumes.
- A legal issue may touch on more than one area of law (e.g., discrimination may be a human rights, employment or education issue).
- Make note of the cases/statutes cited. The entries will be heavily footnoted to point you in the right direction.
- If you feel you now have a good grasp on your topic, proceed to locating legislation and cases cited. You can also locate textbooks that discuss your topics in greater depth.