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SENG 401 - Introduction to Legal Research for Software Engineering

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Books, in print or electronic format, are important secondary legal materials. They may be on broad topics such as constitutional law, criminal law, torts, or they may be 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. They offer analysis and interpretation assistance and point to useful case authorities.

There are two ways to search the resources at UVic Libraries.

The UVic Catalogue Search accesses books, ebooks, videos and other items in the UVic Libraries collection. You can limit a search to just the law library, just ebooks, etc. You can follow the subject headings assigned to useful books for more resources catalogued with those headings.

The UVic Summon Search accesses items in the catalogue, as well as articles in most of UVic's journal collections, newspapers, digitized resources, and more. Because its scope is very large, you will want to narrow searches by many facets, such as subject, journal title, date range, and so forth. You also may notice recommendations for specific databases you can search directly.

Key legal treatises and textbooks by subject

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

Law eBook collections

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