Law and Society

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Primary subject databases
Database Description
LexisNexis Quicklaw Canadian court decisions and legal commentary. View Full Description

Main databases

Secondary subject databases
Database Description
LexisNexis Academic Full-text documents for international news, business, legal research, and key people in the news. View Full Description

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Tertiary subject databases
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Periodicals Archive Online Full-text articles from journals in the humanities and social sciences. View Full Description

Background Research

Encyclopedia of Law and Society Covers important knowledge about law and society from an interdisciplinary perspective.

CanLII - is a non-profit organization that has been engaged by the law societies of Canada that are members of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada to establish, operate, maintain and provide to the law societies a website dedicated to providing continuous access to a virtual library of Canadian legal information.

The Courts of Canada - this link provides a highly detailed listing of the Courts of Canada and the acronyms used to describe them

Contact the Subject Librarian Book a Librarian - your subject Librarian is Michelle Goodridge.

Using Keywords in Databases Try using the following terms when searching our databases: Law, Canon law, Culture and law, Justice, International law, Environmental law, Statutes, Technology and law, Legislation, Jurisprudence, Public relations and law, Procedure (Law), Formalities (Law), Law -- Canadian, etc

The following are examples of book resources available to WLU students, faculty and staff;

  • "Understanding law and society" by Max Travers (Abingdon : Routledge) 2010 (e-book)
  • "Conducting law and society research: reflections on methods and practices" by Halliday and Schmidt (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press) 2009 (K85 .H35)
  • "The handbook of law and society" by Sarat and Ewick (Chichester: Wiley-Blackwill) 2015 (e-book)
  • "Classic writings in law and society" by A. Javier Trevino (New Brunswick, NJ : Transaction Publishers) c2011 (K370. C56 2011)
  • "Canadian law: an introduction" by Neil Boyd (Toronto: Nelson Thomson Learning) c2002 (KE444. B69 2002) Also try browsing the book stacks! See how the beginning of many of these call numbers start with K? Go to the library and browse those shelves for additional book suggestions.