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Women & Gender Studies: Legal Info Resources

Legal information resources for WGST

Hi!  This page highlights some of the legal information resources you may find useful in WGST. Please also see our main LibGuide for Legal Resources here.

The CanLII database will often be your first (and possibly last) stop for Canadian legal cases, legislation, and commentary.  Best of all - it is FREE! 

  • Pay special attention to the 3 different search boxes in CanLII and plan your search accordingly.
  • Need help searching in CanLII? Not sure which box to use?  No problem!  See their help page.


How to find legal cases by name: This excellent LibGuide from SFU teaches you how to read a legal citation and provides an example of searching in CanLII by case name (please note that we do not have subscriptions to some of the other resources SFU highlights). It also explains "noting up" a case so you can see similar cases.

Finding legal cases by topic: This one teaches you how to search in CanLII using keyword searches for different topics.  Again, we do not have access to all of the resources they do.  To see if we have a particular database other than CanLII, go to the A to Z listing.


WorldLII (legal information institute) is a free, independent and non-profit global legal research facility. This database includes content from following Legal Information Institutes: AustLII; BAILII; CanLII; HKLII; LII (Cornell); and PacLII.

Paula is a BIG FAN of the Simon Fraser University (SFU) Library's legal resources LibGuides.  Why re-invent the wheel?  Here are a few that may be useful to you:


Citing Canadian Gov Docs & Legal Resources in MLA

Citing Canadian Gov Docs & Legal Resources in Chicago

Citing Canadian Gov Docs & Legal Resources in APA


Looking for Treaty Information?  See UBC's LibGuide!


Other Relevant U of L Resources:

Writing Centre Appointments

Writing, Research & Citing Guides (first column of guides)

Legal Resources Guide

Government Documents Guide

Numeric Data & Statistics Guide

Newspaper Collections Guide

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