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Law and Society: Introduction

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This page provides links to resources to help new users find materials in Laurier Library, including video tutorials, links to other relevant subject guides, introductions to the Canadian legal system, and a list of subject-specific databases.

Getting Started with Omni, Laurier Library's Academic Research Tool

5 min Video

Omni Help Page

If you want help:

Click here to contact CJ, your subject librarian.

If you need immediate help and your subject librarian is unavailable, try the Ask Us Chat service to get help with your question, or send an email to

Other helpful subject guides:

Remember, you are encouraged to connect directly with other subject librarians for help finding materials in their area of expertise.

Are you in the joint Laurier and Sussex program? Have a look at the University of Sussex Library subject guide on Law.

Understanding The Canadian Legal System

The Courts of Canada

Provides a highly detailed listing of the Courts of Canada and the acronyms used to describe them

Canadian Department of Justice

A great start to learn about Canada’s system of justice

Canada Guide

This website offers an easy to read guide on the Canadian legal system

How Government Works

This website offers an easy to read guide on how the Canadian government works

Resources: Main

Resource Description
CPI.Q Index for Canadian academic journals and popular magazines View full description
Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text Covers journal articles, books, reports, dissertations and unpublished papers. View full description
Encyclopedia of Human Rights Human rights theory, practice, law and history. Online version of five-volume print edition. View full description
Encyclopedia of Law & Society: American and Global Perspectives Covers important knowledge about law and society from an interdisciplinary perspective. View full description
Encyclopedia of law and higher education Full-text reference articles covering topics on law and higher education. View full description
Factiva A full-text resource with news, business information and journal articles drawn from almost 9000 worldwide sources, including Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and the KW Record. View full description
Legal Information @ EBSCOhost Selected EBSCOhost databases for legal information. View full description
Legal Information @ ProQuest Selected ProQuest databases for legal information. View full description
Lexis Advance Quicklaw Canadian court decisions and legal commentary. View full description
LLMC Digital Open Access An international collection of key historic legal texts and executive, legislative and judicial government documents. View full description
Nexis Uni Full-text documents for international news, business, legal research, and key people in the news. View full description

Resources: Also Useful

Resource Description
Canada Commons Collection of Canadian books and public documents. View full description
CANSIM @ CHASS Canadian socio-economic statistical data. For advanced users. View full description
CANSIM @ Statistics Canada Canadian socio-economic statistical data. View full description
Child Welfare Information Gateway Links to information and publications for the well-being of children and families. View full description
CQ Researcher Reports on political and social issues. View full description
FPIC.INFO Resources FPIC (Free Prior and Informed Consent) is an index and full-text database for resources about free prior and informed consent in Indigenous self-determination in land resource decision making View full description
Google Scholar Searches for articles and web resources from academic publishers and universities. View full description
I-Portal: Indigenous Studies Portal Index to articles, books, and other documents related to indigenous peoples of Canada and North America. View full description
NCJRS Abstracts Database U.S. database with summaries of articles, books and other materials about crime and corrections. View full description
odesi Repository of socio-economic survey, census, and polling data from Statistics Canada, Ipsos Reid, Gallup, etc. View full description
Periodicals Archive Online Full-text articles from journals in the humanities and social sciences. View full description
Truth, Reconciliation & Colonialism Video playlist on the the effects of colonialism in Canada. View full description
Very Short Introductions Collection of introductory books on a variety of topics including arts, humanities, law, health, science, and social sciences. View full description