This is a general guide for legal research.
When getting started with a new topic, reference sources like encyclopedias provide broad overviews of legal topics written by experts that will save you time and direct you to primary sources. Research checklists and overviews of the court system can also be useful.
This guide contains a list of the top legal databases describes how to access them. All Ryerson students, faculty, and staff have basic access, and available resources are available for Law Students, Law Practice Program candidates, and Law faculty and staff.
This guide also contains links to primary sources of law. Case law is listed by jurisdiction, along with digests and finding aids. For legislative research, a variety of resources are available for tracing the progress of bills into statutes and finding relevant debates and transcripts.
Finally, guides to legal citation are available, along with a presentation of the top ten tips for correct citation formatting.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, with bookable office hours, and Lisa Levesque is available at email@example.com, with bookable office hours).
Email: please email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance with accessing or using legal information resources and one of the Law Library staff will respond to you.