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SENG 401 - Introduction to Legal Research for Software Engineering

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

About this Guide

This guide was created to support SENG 401 (Social and Professional Issues) course.  It is also a useful starting point for understanding the basics of Canadian legal research. 

Click on any of the tabs to find books, articles, and primary sources (legislation and cases) on Canadian law.

Strategies for planning your research

Start with secondary sources – discussions of the law – to get a grounding on the law and current academic discourse on your topic. Secondary sources will also give you a starting place for identifying and locating the primary sources of law (legislation and case law) relevant to your research topic.  You'll find detail on secondary sources, including help in finding them, in the following sections of this guide.

Legal dictionaries, legal encyclopedias, textbooks, annotated statutes, law journal articles,  and blogs are all examples of secondary materials.

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