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

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.

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.

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.

Zotero for Legal Research Workshop

Zotero is a free tool that helps you collect, manage, and cite your research sources. The Law Library will be running a workshop to teach you how Zotero can help you conduct legal research projects more efficiently.

By the end of the session, you will be able to:

  • Create in-text citations
  • Organize and share your references
  • Generate a bibliography in McGill Guide or other citation styles
  • Save research sources from the library catalogue, databases and websites

No prior knowledge is required, but please download Zotero on your personal computer before the session. To learn more about Zotero, check out the Law Library’s Research Guide.

To register, please complete and submit the form here.

Date: March 18, 12:30-1:30pm

Location: Room 2003

Have any questions? Contact lawref@osgoode.yorku.ca

We look forward to seeing you there!

Omni Library Catalogue Clinic

Interested in learning more about our new library catalogue? If you’d like to learn how to effectively use Omni for your legal research, please join us for a workshop on the catalogue this month! Law librarians will be leading three sessions:

January 27th, 2020 – 1:00 – 1:30 pm, room 2011
January 28th, 2020 – 1:00 – 1:30 pm, room 2011
January 30th, 2020 – 1:00 – 1:30 pm, room 2011

Click here to register.
Please note that all sessions require a minimum of 5 participants.

We hope to see you there!

New from the Library Collection: Bloomsbury Law

The Law Library has recently acquired over 500 law-related titles from the Bloomsbury Collections. These resources, available in e-book format, will be useful to the academic study of law and legal research, as well as its practical application. Covering a broad range of topics with an international scope, the new resources are now available in the catalogue under the following sections: