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Legal Research and Writing

About this Guide

This is a guide to the key materials on legal research and writing available to students through the Ryerson Library. 

Legal research and writing requires unique skills, which is why reference books like research checklists, dictionaries, words and phrases books are vital tools.

Ebooks on legal research and writing are easy reference tools for learning about both sets of skills. For shorter overviews, online guides to legal research and tutorials can be useful for covering the basics.

Citation is an essential component of legal research and writing and there are guides for that, too.

For research help, ask the Law Library. We're able to answer any questions about research, from unusual citation to saving time by developing a search strategy.

Research Help

Research help is available for students, faculty, and staff Ryerson with legal research questions.

Research help appointments: For one-on-one assistance in refining a legal research topic, finding legal information, and using databases and other resources, book a research appointment. Currently, all Law Library research help appointments are being conducted virtually through Zoom. Email the law librarians or book a time directly in their calendars during office hours (John Papadopoulos is available at, with bookable office hours, and Lisa Levesque is available at, with bookable office hours).

Email: please email for assistance with accessing or using legal information resources and one of the Law Library staff will respond to you.

For the most recent service information during COVID-19, see the updates for students, instructors, and researchers.

Creative Commons License

This guide has been created by the Ryerson University Library and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution International 4.0 License unless otherwise marked.

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