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Law: Canadian Law

This guide is a list of sources for theses and dissertations. It will also help you find potential topics for your dissertation.


WebCat will show locations of printed books and provide links for our e-books, but these are the main places for books supporting your course.

  • Canadian Law,  KS 1 – KS 600
  • Canadian Constitutional Law,  KS 11. 
  • Politics section for Canada, JL, e.g. JL 27 for federalism and JL 187 for human rights
  • History section, e.g. E 92 for North American aboriginal rights


Whilst all of our e-books are recorded on WebCat, please note that WebCat cannot search the content of the e-books.  There are two e-book packages which it is worth drawing to your attention, Oxford Scholarship Online and the ebrary Academic Complete Collection.

Introduction to Canadian Law Sources

The boxes on this page cover the most common questions regarding our resources for Canadian law.  For more detailed information, you may wish to see the Canadian Law Resources and Research guide (link below).    This also includes lists of key resources and additional readings.

Links to main e-resources

Westlaw - accessing the Canadian Content

Westlaw – accessing the Canadian content using the new international interface.


1.    Open Westlaw from library web pages.

2.    Click on ‘Services’ (small link toward the top-right).

3.    Click on 'International Materials'.

4.    You will see Canada listed under 'Jurisdictions'.

5.    After selecting Canada, you can search across all Canadian content using the main simple search box at the top, or first choose your source (e.g. 'All Canadian Cases', 'All Canadian Treatises' etc.)

6.    You will probably find this relatively easy to use, but please ask for guidance when you need to.

LexisLibrary - accessing the Canadian content

1.   If you know which source you need, e.g. Revue Juridique Themis, enter the title of the publication into the ‘Find a Source’ box.

2.   If you want to know everything which is available for Canada, click on the ‘Sources’ tab, then on the ‘Browse Sources’ tab.

3    Choose Canada from the drop-down list.

4.   You’ll see a list of categories, including Cases, Legislation and Legal Journals.

5.   If you look at these categories, you’ll note ‘single sources’ e.g. Prince Edward Island Cases and ‘group sources’ such as Canadian Cases, which will contain the Prince Edward Island cases along with cases from all the other provinces along with Federal/Supreme Court cases.         

Searching for a specific case online?

If you have a citation, e.g.

[1998] 1 S.C.R. 27,

first try searching using only that.  Look to see if the source you are using has a ‘Find by Citation’ option, type in the citation and this will usually work.   


Some journals deal solely or primarily with the issues at the heart of Canadian constitutional law, e.g.:

  • Review of Constitutional Studies, all published issues of which are on HeinOnline
  • Indigenous Law Journal (from University of Toronto Law Faculty), also on HeinOnline 

In addition to these, we have online access to a number of Canadian university law journals/reviews.  As constitutional matters would also be discussed in politics journals, when seeking specific journals do remember to check WebCat, or if searching by topic, you could try using DelphiS in addition to the standard legal sources.

See also our general law journals page (via tab above).

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