Lexis Advance Quicklaw Is Your New Quicklaw

In September 2016, Lexis Nexis launched a new interface called Lexis Advance Quicklaw. Since then you have still been able to access the old LexisNexisQuicklaw interface.
Effective August 31, 2018, the old LexisNexis Quicklaw will no longer be available. 
Now would be a good time for you to create a new Lexis Advance Quicklaw account if you haven’t already done so.
If you need further assistance, please contact the Reference Librarians at lawref@osgoode.yorku.ca, (416) -736-5207



R.A. research skills workshop

Please join us for a library research skills workshop on Thursday, May 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Room 2027.

While this session is geared primarily to help Research Assistants who will be involved in in-depth research projects during the summer, all students who wish to improve their research skills are welcome.

Legal research basics will be briefly covered and students will also have the opportunity to learn some advanced research skills.

The schedule for the workshop is as follows:

10:00-10:40 Secondary sources  

10:45-11:20 Legislation

11:25-12:00 Caselaw and Zotero

12:10-1:00 Lunch and WestlawNext Canada training

1:05-2:00 Lexis Advance Quicklaw training

Though we highly recommend attendance at all sessions, students are welcome to attend those sessions that are most useful to them.

A morning snack will be sponsored by Lexis Nexis and Thomson Reuters will be sponsoring lunch.

To register please send a message to library@osgoode.yorku.ca with R.A.research skills workshop in the subject line. Please let us know if you will be working as a Research Assistant this summer.

We look forward to seeing you!


The Library Reference team,

Yemisi Dina, Sharon Wang, Daniel Perlin and Sharona Brookman


CUPE 3903 Strike and the Commission of Industrial Inquiry

As the CUPE 3903 strike at York has gone on with little end in sight, the Ontario government has called a Commission of Industrial Inquiry today to look into the outstanding issues and see if there are steps to be taken to address them.

For those not familiar with Commissions of Industrial Inquiry, they can be appointed by the Minister of Labour under section 37 of the Labour Relations Act, SO 1995, c 1, Schedule A, s 37.   They have the power to examine any evidence and to report their findings to the Minister.  Note that they are not an arbitrator, so they cannot end the strike by imposing any terms.  They are only there to look at the issues and to suggest ways to resolve them.

For anyone who wants more information on Inquiries, a good place to start is this book:

Ronda Bessner & Susan Lightstone, Public inquiries in Canada: Law and Practice (Toronto: Thomson Reuters, 2017)KF 5422 B57 2017 – in Osgoode library stacks

McGill Citation Guide now available on Hein Online

This month, Hein Online has added the McGill guide to its citation tool.  This means that in any Hein Online document, users can press the “Cite” button-located above the table of contents-which will then provide the document’s citation in multiple citation formats, including the McGill guide.

The citation is not perfect however. A McGill citation for one document looked like this:

Daniel Perlin, “Chat Reference: A Must Have for Academic L Libraries.” (2010) 35:1 Can L Libr Rev 20

The title of the document was not cited in full form as it should be in McGill, so you still need to ensure its accuracy before you input the citation in research papers.  However, it is certainly a much-needed help in citing sources.

Library tour

Curious about how the library can help you? Come to a library tour on Wednesday, Jan. 17, from 1:00-1:30 PM.

We will show you around the library, tell you about the resources available to you, and answer any questions you might have.

Meet the Reference desk in the library at 1:00 PM!



Historical NS Hansards Now Online

Nova-ScotiaAll of the available early debates and proceedings (Hansard) of the of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly for the period 1868-1993 are now online on the Legislature’s website. The production and posting of these materials was a project of the NS Legislative Library.

This gives Nova Scotians and everyone access to the historical debates of the House, such as the 1907 debate on Prohibition in Nova Scotia and the debates leading up to the opening of the Angus L Macdonald Bridge in Halifax.

Hansard did not transcribe debates from 1917-1919, and 1921-1950, so debates during those dates are not available.

The collection also includes all of the available Legislative Council debates, from 1858-1861 and 1875-1922. Historically (pre-Confederation), the Legislative Council acted as the Governor’s cabinet, with a combination of executive, legislative and judicial powers, and subsequently as the Upper House of the legislature. The Council was finally abolished in 1928.

These Hansards join a growing online collection of legislative materials for Nova Scotia, including:

The Legislative Library is now in the process of making the Journals of the House of Assembly from 1867-1900 available online.

“Women’s Empowerment Leads to Equality” – International Women’s Day 2016

Today March 8 is celebrated as International Women’s Day all over the world.
Canada’s theme chosen by Status of Women Canada is “Women’s Empowerment Leads to Equality”. If you’re on social media, you’re encouraged to encouraged to tag a woman who inspires you “#youareempowerment”.


The Osgoode Law Library has many academic and fiction materials on the subject of women, equality and empowerment. Search the library catalogue for databases, journals and books on this topic. There are also many landmark cases available in our law reports collection.
Here are some interesting reads and useful materials that may interest you:

Happy International Women’s Day 2016!