Learn more about our databases and the print collections at available the Great Library .
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Library Search Tools
The following are brief descriptions of the retrieval systems available at the Great Library.
- InfoLocate searches the print and electronic holdings of the Great Library and Ontario County and District Law Association Libraries, as well as the contents of various websites and digital collections, such as Law Society CPD papers. Use InfoLocate to search for books, journals, other print materials, e-books, e-journals, Law Society of Upper Canada CPD articles and web resources.
- AdvoCAT is the catalogue of print and electronic holdings of the Great Library and the Ontario County and District Law Association Libraries. Search AdvoCAT to find books, journals, other print sources, e-books held in the libraries’ collections.
- AccessCLE is a searchable database of full-text Law Society of Upper Canada CPD (Continuing Professional Development) program articles from 2004 to date. Articles older than 18 months can be downloaded for free. Newer articles may be previewed and purchased online.
- eJournal Locator is an A to Z title listing of digital journals available via the Great Library. Each entry provides information on the location (online database and/or print holdings) for that title. Researchers using this tool within the Great Library can link directly to the online journal via Westlaw, Quicklaw, HeinOnline or other subscription databases. Search the eJournal Locator to locate and access specific electronic journals.
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Members of the Law Society of Upper Canada, articling/LPP candidates and law firm summer students may access the Great Library subscription services free of charge. To access these databases, you must visit the library.
The following is a brief description of some of the online resources available in-house at the Great Library.
Lexis Advance and LexisNexis Quicklaw
- Reported and unreported case law from all Canadian jurisdictions, administrative tribunal decisions and selected legislation. Secondary sources include Halsbury’s Law of Canada, texts, journals, quantums, indexes and citators (QuickCite and QuickCite Legislation Citator). Also case law and selected journals from U.S., U.K., Australia, and New Zealand.
LawSource - CED (Canadian Encyclopedic Digest), Canadian Abridgment Digests, Carswell's law report series, as well as unreported cases, selected legislation, finding and updating tools (KeyCiteCanada, Index to Canadian Legal Literature), and full-text journals.
FamilySource – family law cases, legislation and commentary in the form of leading texts, annotated acts and support guidelines.
Access to U.S. and U.K. case law and legislation, as well as law reviews, newspapers and texts through Westlaw.
- The Law Journals Library provides full-text coverage from inception of more than 1,800 law and law-related periodicals. Journals are primarily American with some Canadian, British and International titles. In-library access also includes bar journals and session laws from U.S states, Australia and Canada (Revised Statutes of Canada since 1887 and Statutes of Canada since 1792). Ask about free remote access for Law Society members to HeinOnline.
Carswell's eReference Library
- Digital access to over 200 Carswell loose-leaf titles on a variety of legal topics at the Great Library.
O'Brien's Encyclopedia of Forms
- Collection of customizable forms and precedents organized by legal topic. Searchable by keyword.
- U.K. case law and legislation citator.
Early Canadiana Online
- Online archive of digitized pre-1901 colonial, federal and provincial government publications, such as acts, bills, sessional papers, royal commission reports and treaties.
- Also includes collections of rare books, early magazines and heritage materials.
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Remote Access to HeinOnline
Free desktop access to a core collection of HeinOnline's electronic content is available to all Law Society members. E-mail the Great Library (providing your name, affiliation and Law Society number) to receive your free user name and password.
Please note that user names and passwords will expire approximately every 6 months. You will then need to e-mail the Great Library for updated access information.
This valuable research resource includes a broad collection of law journals, as well as selected legislative materials, treaties, law reports, historic legal texts and U.S. government publications. The Law Society of Upper Canada Member Subscription includes the following collections:
- Acts of the Parliament of Canada (Annual Statutes)
- American Association of Law Libraries (AALL)
- American Bar Association Journals
- Association of American Law Schools (AALS)
- Canada Supreme Court Reports
- Code of Federal Regulations / Federal Register
- Core U.S. Journals
- Criminal Justice Journals
- Early American Case Law
- English Reports
- European Centre for Minority Issues
- Federal Register Documents
- Federal Register Library / Code of Federal Regulations
- International & Non-U.S. Law Journals
- Law Journal Library
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- Legal Classics
- Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP)
- Most-Cited Law Journals
- Pentagon Papers
- Provincial Statutes of Canada
- Revised Statutes of Canada
- Statutes of the Realm
- Trends in Law Library Management and Technology
- U.S. Attorney General & Department of Justice Collection
- U.S. Code
- U.S. Federal Legislative History Library
- U.S. Presidential Library
- U.S. Statutes at Large
- U.S. Supreme Court Library
- U.S. Treaties and Agreements Library
About Our Collections
Current Practice Resources
As the country's largest practitioners' library, we maintain an extensive collection of texts, loose leaf services, CLE (Continuing Legal Education) program materials, government documents, law journals and other commentary on all major areas of law, from appellate advocacy to zoning law.
Cases and Legislation
Canadian law reports, statutes, regulations, bills and gazettes, as well as selected primary sources from the U.S., U.K., Australia and New Zealand.
Historic Legal Materials
This collection includes historic statutes, early editions of leading Canadian, British and American legal texts and sources of Canadian legal history. Also included is the Riddell Canadian Library, a unique collection of books on local history, political life, religion, government, and the development of law in Canada, particularly in Ontario.
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