E-Book Access @ the Osgoode Law Library

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The Law Library continues to provide access to electronic books on a variety of different platforms. These books can be found in the library catalogue and accessed remotely using your Passport York user ID and password. 

The following list will help you navigate the kind of access available to you.  

Feel free to contact a Reference Librarian if you need further assistance.  

Email: lawref@osgoode.yorku.ca 

Hours: Monday – Friday 10:00am – 4:00pm 

Zoom consultation available on request. 

Library Catalogue – https://www.library.yorku.ca/web/ 

Publisher How to Access Content 
Bloomsbury Collections: Law (Temporary Access) Library catalogue Selection of e-books on various law topics 
Brill Online Library catalogue Human rights and humanitarian law collection  International law collection 
 
Cambridge Core E-Books (Law Collection)Library catalogueSelection of e-books on various topics
Elgar Online Library catalogue  Selection of e-books on various law topics 
Hart Publishing Library catalogue Selection of e-books on various law topics 
HeinOnline Library catalogue Selection of e-books on various law topics 
Irwin Law E-Books (Temporary unlimited access for multiple users) Library catalogue E-books on various topics such as the Essentials of Canadian Law series 
Lexis Advance Quicklaw (Osgoode) Personal accounts for law faculty and students  Selection of e-books on various law topics with temporary access to additional textbooks, legal encyclopedia, cases and legislation.
Lexis Advance Quicklaw (York wide) Library catalogue  Selection of e-books on various law topics  
Oxford Handbooks Online Library catalogue Selection of e-books on various law topics 
Oxford Scholarship Online Library catalogue Selection of e-books on various law topics  
Proview  Library catalogue Selected loose-leaf titles in e-book format 
WestlawNext Canada (Osgoode) Personal accounts for law faculty and students  Selection of e-books on various law topics
COVID-19 Canada Resource Centre  
WestlawNext Canada (York wide) Library catalogue Selection of e-books on various law topics  

O’Brien’s Encyclopedia of Forms now on Westlaw

You can now access O’Brien’s Encyclopedia of Forms and Precedents on WestlawNext Canada. Here, you will find thousands of expertly drafted documents in nine areas:

  • Commercial and General 
  • Corporations 
  • Leases 
  • Wills and Trusts
  • Ontario – Family Law
  • Labour Relations and Employment
  • Ontario – Court Forms 
  • Municipal Corporations  
  • Computers and Information Technology 
  • Master Subject Index

To access O’Brien’s, simply login to your WestlawNext account and search O’Brien’s in the search bar, find the link under the “browse” section of the homepage, or find O’Brien’s under “My Subscriptions.”

For additional assistance navigating O’Brien’s Encyclopedia of Forms, please contact the reference desk at lawref@osgoode.yorku.ca

Osgoode Digital Commons: Readership Snapshot

May 2020


Last month, the Osgoode Digital Commons received 50,956 full-text downloads and 37 new submissions, bringing the total works in the repository to 17,903.

Osgoode Hall Law School of York University scholarship was read by 1,714 institutions across 183 countries.


The most popular papers were:

The most popular publications were:

Lexis Advance Quicklaw webinar

Join Lexis Nexis trainer Cathy Hayhow this Thurdsay, June 4 at 11 AM for a Lexis Advance Quicklaw webinar for Osgoode students. Whether you’re working as a Research Assistant, starting your career as an articling student or just interested in brushing up your research skills, this webinar is for you. Please follow the link below to register:

Lexis Advance Quicklaw for Osgoode Research Assistants – Thurs June 4th 11:00 am

Wishing everyone a healthy and safe summer!

Osgoode Digital Commons: Readership Snapshot

April 2020


Last month, the Osgoode Digital Commons received 54,958 full-text downloads and 77 new submissions, bringing the total works in the repository to 17,884.

Osgoode Hall Law School of York University scholarship was read by 1,540 institutions across 190 countries.


The most popular papers were:

The most popular publications were:

Virtual Legal Research Workshop

This year the Library is pleased to offer a legal research workshop via Zoom on Wednesday May 6, from 10 AM to 12:30 PM.

While the session is geared primarily to Research Assistants, all students are welcome to participate.

Topics to be covered:

• Using Omni
• Accessing eBooks
• Finding journal articles for legal and multidisciplinary topics
• Historical legal research
• Noting up legislation and cases
• Finding foreign, comparative and international law materials
• Using Zotero
• Creating profiles in ORCID and Scopus

Please RSVP by Friday, May 1 at https://webform.osgoode.yorku.ca/view.php?id=674693. You will receive a Zoom invitation prior to the workshop.

We hope that you can join us!

Osgoode Digital Commons: Readership Snapshot

March 2020


Last month, the Osgoode Digital Commons received 51,732 full-text downloads and 9 new submissions, bringing the total works in the repository to 17,807.

Osgoode Hall Law School of York University scholarship was read by 2,115 institutions across 181 countries.


The most popular papers were:

The most popular publications were:

Streaming legal videos from the library catalogue

While you may look to the library catalogue to help you find print and electronic materials for your research, did you know that you also have access to legal videos and films that you can stream from home? Whether it is for research projects or simply your entertainment, you can find legal films or law-related titles to stream at the links below:

For assistance in searching the catalogue, contact the reference librarians at lawref@osgoode.yorku.ca.