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Legal research and writing

This guide provides an introduction to legal research and writing for law students.

About journal articles and papers

Legal literature periodicals or journals comprise law reviews, bar association publications, and special subject journals – including articles, case comments, and book reviews.

Journal articles are often cited or quoted in case law.

Journal articles can be published quickly and often offer critical examinations of underdeveloped topics, controversial issues, and new developments and thus can be useful for researching fine points and new developments in the law. 

Contents of periodical articles are accessible through UVic Libraries' Library Search engine or directly through relevant legal databases.


Index to Canadian Legal Literature

ICLL is a core index for legal commentary published in Canada. This database indexes articles, case comments, books, theses, essay collections, continuing legal education, government publications, audio-visual materials and seminar proceedings in English and French.

Other legal literature indexes

Legal literature databases and indexes can help you find legal books and journal articles. They are organized by legal subject to help you focus your search. You can also search by keyword.

Other useful databases

Other journal databases contain legal literature including full text articles.

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