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Legal research and writing

Finding legal abbreviations


  • Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations - This database allows you to search legal abbreviations of English language legal publications. Publications are from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and others, including those covering international and comparative law.
  • UBC Legal Citation Guide, Law Report Abbreviations & Journal Abbreviations - Database of law reports and journal titles that are available through the UBC law library.

Print resources

  • The McGill Guide - Available in the Law Library Reference and Reserve Collection. Abbreviation information for Canadian, foreign and international legal materials is located in the appendices.
  • Beiber's Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations - Available in the Law Library Reference collection. A complete reference work to more than 17,000 domestic and international abbreviations, acronyms, and symbols used in legal literature. 
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