E-Book Access @ the Osgoode Law Library


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. 

However, some publishers are temporarily providing extended access to their electronic materials during the duration of the COVID-19 emergencies. Please note that this is temporary access and each publisher provides their own instructions and guidelines. 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) Temporary access on the publisher’s website Selection of e-books on various law topics 
Brill Online Library catalogue Human rights and humanitarian law collection  International law collection 
Elgar Online Library catalogue Selection of e-books on various law topics 
Emond Casebooks (Temporary Access) Visit the publisher’s website for access code  Law casebooks 
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  

Accessing the McGill Guide online

As the end of term approaches and your final research papers and projects are due, it is important to ensure you have properly cited your work. While the Law Library can offer reference assistance and resources such as this citation guide, you will also need to rely on the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation (McGill Guide). If you do not have your own copy, it is available online via WestlawNext Canada. To access it, follow these steps:

  • Go to WestlawNext Canada (you can find the database on the Law Library’s main page under Quick Links, or search for it through the catalogue)
  • Login using your credentials. If you have lost them, or are an Osgoode student and have not yet registered for Westlaw, contact lawref@osgoode.yorku.ca
  • Once you’re logged in, you can find the McGill Guide toward the bottom of the main page, under Finding Tools
  • Search through the guide for details on how to properly cite different primary or secondary resources, and other materials

If you experience any issues in accessing the McGill Guide, or require additional support with legal citation, contact the reference desk at lawref@osgoode.yorku.ca between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. from Monday to Friday.

Enhanced learning support from Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters  offers complimentary online WebEx training for WestlawNext, Practical Law, Proview, and Taxnet Pro.

Students can book a free online training session with Jeremy Dunn, Senior Customer Learning Consultant, here. Jeremy is also available to answer any questions at Jeremy.Dunn@thomsonreuters.com.

Online Help Resources, including downloadable user guides and tutorial videos are available at the Thomson Reuters Customer Learning Centre.

New! COVID-19 Research Guide

As the COVID-19 pandemic affects daily life around the world, governments, the legal system and International organizations have responded with a variety of emergency measures. The measures include bills, regulations, orders and statutes addressing the evolving nature of the pandemic. This guide will be updated regularly as new information emerges from different jurisdictions.

We are here to help!

Even though classes have moved online and the library is closed, we are still providing research help. If you’re writing a paper and need help finding resources or have any research related questions, email us at lawref@osgoode.yorku.ca. Working from home, the Reference librarians are responding to questions weekdays between 10 AM and 4 PM.

Free COVID-19 Resources from LexisNexis Canada

LexisNexis Canada is providing free public access to the Lawyer’s Daily breaking news and analysis articles on COVID-19. They will also also be offering no-cost access to COVID-19 related content from Lexis Practice Advisor.

Please use the following links to access these resources:

CANCELLED: Zotero for Legal Research Workshop update

In response to York University suspending face-to-face instruction as of Monday, March 16th, the Zotero for Legal Research Workshop scheduled for Wednesday, March 18th, has been cancelled.

For more information on using Zotero, please consult the Law Library’s Research Guide, or contact the Reference Librarians at lawref@osgoode.yorku.ca.

Thank you for your understanding.