Canada Added to the Library of Congress Indigenous Law Portal

Law Library of CongressThis is a wonderful gift from our neighbours to the south. On June 21, in celebration of our National Aboriginal Day, the Law Library of Congress opened the Canadian portion of their Indigenous Law Portal, expanding the portal’s coverage for the first time beyond the United States. The Canadian portion of the Indigenous Law Portal is divided into three regions: Eastern, Western, and Northern Canada.  These regions closely follow the recently updated K Class – Law Classification.  There is an alphabetical master list of Individual First Nation, Inuit and Métis peoples. The list can also be browsed can be accessed from one  of , or browsed either by region or by province.

National Aboriginal Day began in 1996. A Proclamation declaring June 21 of each year as National Aboriginal Day made the summer solstice, June 21, a day to recognize the heritage, culture, and achievements of Canada’s indigenous peoples. National Aboriginal Day is the first of the a series of national celebrations, followed by Saint Jean-Baptiste Day (La Fête nationale du Québec) on June 24 and Canada Day on July 1.

Read more on the Law Library of Congress’s blog post.

 

How to Migrate from RefWorks to Zotero

The expiration of the York University Libraries license for RefWorks comes to an end on June 30th, 2015. Now is a good time to migrate your materials from RefWorks to Zotero or Mendeley. Migrating is straightforward, you won’t loose any of your information and you don’t have to be a techie to do it. Here are some useful tutorials that will help you understand how to work it out:

And feel free to contact a Reference Librarian if you need any assistance.

Historical Judgments of the Supreme Court of Canada

The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) announced today that, working in co-operation with Lexum, all decisions published in the Supreme Court Reports dating back to 1876 are now available on the SCC Judgments website. Over the past 20 years, the SCC and Lexum have been working collaboratively, together with partners such as the Law Foundation of Ontario, the Law Foundation of British Columbia, the Alberta Law Foundation, the Centre d’accès à l’information juridique in Quebec, CanLII and others, to fill in gaps in the Supreme Court judgment database. This work, begun so many years ago, is now nearly complete.

The free availability of judgments dating back to 1876 on the Web is part of the SCC’s commitment to making case-related information accessible. All of these newly-added SCC decisions can also be found in the CanLII database at http://www.canlii.org/en/ca/scc/.

Please visit the official SCC Judgments website at: http://scc-csc.lexum.com/scc-csc/scc-csc/en/nav_date.do.

New Law Journal from Thomson Rivers: Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law

CJCCL-logoThe new Canadian Journal of Comparative and Contemporary Law (CJCCL) was launched in 2013 at Thompson Rivers University, Faculty of Law (TRU Law). The inaugural issue was published just last month (January 2015). This issue has for its theme “Health Law and Human Rights”, focusing on the interrelationship between health law and human rights and featuring contributions from nationally and internationally acclaimed scholars in the field including a Foreword by Osgoode’s own Dean Lorne Sossin. The thematic focus of the CJCCL’s second issue, to be published in January 2016 will be “Equity in the 21st Century: Problems and Perspectives”.  For further details, visit the journal’s submissions page.

The CJCCL is an open access journal. Articles may be downloaded from the journal’s website free of charge. CJCCL articles will be also accessible through HeinOnline, Westlaw and Google Scholar. At least one volume will be published annually.

The CJCCL aims to establish itself as a top-rated academic publication. Its mandate is to publish rigorous, innovative scholarship that makes a significant contribution to legal study. The CJCCL’s Editors in Chief select a specific theme that will be the focus of each year’s issue, facilitating a penetrating analysis of a particular legal topic to a greater degree than other, general interest academic law reviews. Contributors are also encouraged to take a comparative approach in their scholarship.

TRU Law and the editors of the CJCCL are to be congratulated on this landmark event in the life of their new law school and for their significant contribution to Canadian legal scholarship.

New Content on HeinOnline (January 2015 Update)

heinonline_logoHere’s a shapshot of new and updated content added to HeinOnline last month, January 2015. Click the links for more detail on each library’s additions and updates.

  • Law Journal Library:
    • American Indian Journal
    • Anaele Universitatii din Bucuresti: Seria Drept
    • Curierul Judiciar
    • Information & Communications Technology Law
    • International Journal of the Legal Profession
    • Journal of Indian Law and Society
    • Journal of International Wildlife and Policy
    • Ocean Development and International Law
    • Philippine Law and Society Review
  • New Bar Journal: West Virginia State Bar News: (1950-1975)
  • 75 new titles added to Legal Classics, including:
    • Infants Lawyer: Or, the Law (Ancient and Modern) Relating to Infants
  • 875 new titles added to U.S. Congressional Documents, including:
  • 5 new titles added to U.S. Federal Agency Documents, including:
    • Annual Report of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (2000-2014)
  • 73 new titles added to U.S. Federal Legislative History Library, including:
    • Legislative History of the Civil Rights Act of 1957: P.L. 85-315
    • Legislative History of the Civil Rights Act of 1960: P.L. 86-449
    • Legislative History of the Riegle-Neal Interstate Banking and Branching Efficiency Act of 1994: P.L. 103-328
  • 2 new titles and 3 updates added to the State Reports: A Historical Archive, including:
    • Cases Determined by the St. Louis, Kansas City and Springfield Courts of Appeals of the State of Missouri (1910-1954)
    • Reports of Cases Heard and Determined in the Supreme Court of Rhode Island
  • 6 new titles added to Women & the Law, including:
    • Feminism and Legal Theory Project at 30: A Workshop on Geographies of Violence: Place, Space, and Time
    • Feminism and Legal Theory Project at 30: A Workshop on Labor and Employment
  • 3 new titles added to the World Treaty Library, including:
    • Complete Collection of All the Marine Treaties Subsisting between Great-Britain and France, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Savoy, Holland, Morocco, Algiers, Tripoli, Tunis, etc.
  • 13 new titles added to the World Trials Library, including:
    • Eichmann Kommandos
    • Eichmann: Technician of Death
    • Eichmann: The Man and His Crimes
    • Case of Elizabeth Canning Fairly Stated
  • 1 new title added to the Hague Academy of Collected Courses Update:
    • Volume 368: The Law of Global Governance by Eyal Benvenisti

 

Research sessions for upper year and graduate students

The library is pleased to offer the following research sessions for upper year and graduate students:

1. Working with Case Law – January 21
2. Working with Legislation – January 28
3. Finding Journal Articles – February 4
4. Working with eBooks – February 11
5. Working with Legal Citation – March 4
6. Working with Zotero – March 11

All sessions will take place from 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm in Room 2011.

To reserve a spot please email library@yorku.ca indicating which number session/s you would like to attend.

New Content on HeinOnline (December 2014 Update)

heinonline_logoHere’s a listing of additions and updates to the contents of HeinOnline in December 2014. Click the links for more detail on each library’s additions and updates.