Shaunna Mireau on Canadian Legal Research

Tips on Canadian legal research from the Library at Field LLP.
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July 25, 2006

WeC beef's up content with new product

Carswell has added a new set of data to WeC. The Litigator product - we are currently exploring flat rate options - is a tab that can be added to WeC whic has some interesting primary and secondary content, including:
  • quantum digest databases on interesting topics including defamation, wrongful dismissal, personal injury (yes - Goldsmith's at your desktop), and more quantum topics...
  • pleadings, motions, and argument documents for cases in the 2003 or newer CCELs, CCLIs, CCLTs, and CPCs.
  • Expert witness directory, including linked cases evidence was given in and CVs
  • Fradshams Annotated Alberta Rules of Court full text with links in the footnotes.
Call me if you want to see or use this on the Library INFO line (4636)

July 20, 2006

Alberta Court Forms

The Alberta Court Forms are on the Field Law network through Worldox. This product by the Legal Education Society of Alberta is a set of basic court precedents that can be copied and modified. Field subscribes to the electronic and paper versions of these forms. The E-forms are in Worldox and new instructions have been added to Fieldnet - Library to make searching easier. The link above is for Fieldlaw internal users only and goes to the basic links page on Fieldnet where you will find the instructions.

July 17, 2006

Gathering cases with cites

I am often asked what is the cheapest and fastest way to get a bunch of cases when you know the citations. Here is a tip for when you have more than three cases to gather.
  1. Sign on to WeC (link is at the right for convenience)
  2. Click on the Cases search template
  3. Choose the Terms and Connectors search link on the top right of the screen
  4. Use the Search Fields to type in your multiple cites as phrases.
  5. WeC usually indexes alternate cites in this field so you will get most of the cases with one $10 search and then you can print or save at will.
  6. Note: you will have to remove the & sign that is automatically inserted when you select a field
Here is a screen shot to assist (you can click on it to make it bigger):

July 11, 2006

In today's information economy of learning, and collaboration, I find myself feeling guilty for being quiet. Not that anyone who knows me thinks I am quiet :-)

This blog will be dedicated to tidbits on legal research practices and tips to assist with legal research workflow, primarily for a readership of the Field LLP community.

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