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SENG 401 - Introduction to Legal Research for Software Engineering

This guide provides an introduction to legal research for non-lawyers


Books, print or electronic, are important secondary legal materials. They may be on broad topics such as constitutional law, criminal law, torts, or on narrower subjects such as search and seizure or international human rights.

Books may either be called treatises or textbooks. Both are academic, scholarly works that offer contextual discussion of the law on a particular topic, analysis and interpretation assistance and point to useful case authorities. 

Key legal treatises and textbooks by subject

A strategy for locating relevant legal treatises or textbooks is to consult a checklist or bibliography. For a list of the leading treatises and textbooks on Canadian law available at the UVic Libraries see:

Law eBook collections

Library Search

Use the Library Search to find books, ebooks, journal articles, government documents, multimedia resources, and more.  Because its scope is very large, you will want to narrow searches by many facets, such as subject, format, date range, and so forth.

Search all UVic Libraries resources


What is Library Search?     Watch the video.

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