Summer access to Lexis Advance Quicklaw

All personal student Lexis Advance Quicklaw accounts will be deactivated by LexisNexis from June 1 until August 31.

During this period you may access Lexis Advance Quicklaw through the campus wide subscription. To do this go to the Library’s home page.
Under Quick Links, select Lexis Advance Quicklaw (York)›. You will be prompted to authenticate with your Passport York credentials.

Please note that students may only use Quicklaw only if they are not employed in a law-related field and are:

  1. Enrolled in a summer course leading to a degree or diploma,
  2. Authorized for an extension of a school course,
  3. Working for a professor as a research assistant,
  4. Working for a law faculty-associated law journal or legal aid clinic, or
  5. Conducting research (honing their research skills) for upcoming school assignments in the fall.

WestlawNext Canada personal student accounts remain active over the summer, but the same criteria for academic use apply.

If you have any questions please contact Sharona Brookman at

Wishing you a enjoyable and successful summer!

Law Reviews Now Available on CanLII

Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII ) last week announced the addition of law reviews to its platform – The journals featured in this launch can be found by selecting “Commentary” and under “Periodicals”, select “Law Journal Issues”.

This is an additional source for accessing Canadian law journals. The coverage is from 2015 onwards.

New on HeinOnline

HeinOnline LogoSome new resources recently added to our HeinOnline collections:

American Indian Law Collection (34 Titles)
Core Collection (102 Titles)
Foreign & International Law Resources Database (9 Titles)
Foreign Relations of the U.S. (13 Titles)
History of International Law (22 Titles)
Intellectual Property Law Collection (25 Titles)
Law Journal Library (35 Titles)
Legal Classics Library (201 Titles)
Religion and the Law (144 Titles)
Scottish Legal History (3 Titles)
Slavery In America and the World: History, Culture & Law (1,395 Titles)
Spinelli’s Law Library Reference Shelf (57 Titles)
Subject Compilation of State Laws (88 Titles)
U.S. Congressional Documents (4,385 Titles)
Women and the Law (44 Titles)
World Constitutions Illustrated (208 Titles)
World Trials Library (75 Titles)

Significant New Additions to HeinOnline’s American Indian Law Collection

Nearly 30,000 pages of Indian Tribal Codes have been added to the American Indian Law Collection on HeinOnline. These materials have been made available by Ralph Whitney Johnson and Susan Lupton at the Marian Gould Gallagher Law Library, University of Washington School of Law. Included is the first edition from 1981, and the second edition from 1988. The project collects in one place in a usable and readily accessible format research materials that would otherwise be virtually unattainable, and this content addition greatly increases the value of a subscription to this database.

The Osgoode Law Library has the 1981 edition in microfiche, but not the 1988 editiion, so their availability in digital format — and searchable full-text — on HeinOnline is a wonderful development.

Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples Final Report (1966) and Documents Now Online

RCAP_Logo_rev2016In recognition of the twentieth anniversary of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP), and just in time for the Sharing the Land, Sharing a Future National Forum currently underway in Winnipeg , Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has digitized and made available not just the full text of the Royal Commission’s 5-volume Final Report, but also many supporting documents, including research reports and transcripts of testimonies from the Commission, available online in a searchable database. This new database supersedes the earlier CDRom version of the report (Seven Generations ) which has been inaccessible due to its outdated software platform.

The Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) was established by Order in Council on August 26, 1991, and it submitted its Final Report in October 1996. The RCAP was mandated to investigate and propose solutions to the challenges affecting the relationship between Aboriginal peoples (First Nations, Inuit, Métis), the Canadian government and Canadian society as a whole.

This database provides access to documents, such as intervenor project submissions, publications, research reports and hearing transcripts that supported the writing of the report of the RCAP.

The database is keyword searchable and filterable by:

  • Document Type
  • Public Hearing Date
  • Place

For more information about LAC’s initiative, click here.

Canadian Provincial Statutes Now Available on HeinOnline

Hein-Provincial-feature1A comprehensive collection of Canadian provincial statutes in digital format is now available in the new Provincial Statutes of Canada library on HeinOnline. The collection includes statutes, both public and private, for all ten Canadian provinces (though not – yet? – the three territories) in PDF copies of the official statute volumes as published by the provincial Queen’s Printers. The collection currently includes nearly 1,500 volumes and more than 850,000 pages.

This is a significant event for a number of reasons. Unlike other jurisdictions, Canada has done almost nothing to digitize our legal print heritage, a topic I have written about frequently (most recently here). Where our law societies, attorneys general and law libraries have failed us, Hein has stepped in and digitized the entire body of Canadian provincial legislation, making it available for the first time in digital format and simplifying the work of Canadian lawyers, researchers and librarians.

The collections can either be searched full-text or browsed. You have the option to select a province from an alphabetical listing or by clicking on the map provided on the library’s homepage. Both current and historical coverage are provided for the following provinces:

  • Alberta
  • British Columbia
  • New Brunswick
  • Nova Scotia
  • Ontario

Historical Statutes only are provided for these provinces:

  • Manitoba
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Prince Edward Island
  • Quebec
  • Saskatchewan

Please note that levels of historical coverage may vary. For all provinces, historical coverage begins at least at the date they entered Confederation. For a few provinces, some colonial statutes are included.

For more information about the Provincial Statutes of Canada library on HeinOnline, click here.