Library Tips

Online Texts at the CCLA Library

If you’ve been into the CCLA Library in the last couple of weeks, you may have seen some new labels on various text books and looseleaf binders. As more and more of our print materials are either being replaced with or accompanied by an online version, we wanted to make it easy for library users to recognize what they can find on our computers. Here’s a quick run-down of the new labels, and what they mean:

ProView Thomson Reuters ProView

ProView is an online platform for reading legal texts that are published by Carswell. Quite a few of looseleaf binders that we subscribe to in print are also available on ProView, which makes it easier for you to search through content, and email or print excerpts for your research. The list of titles available on ProView is continually expanding, so something that’s not on there today could very well be next month. We’re working on a blog post to describe how to use ProView and a full list of what we have available in the library, so stayed tuned for that.

Westlaw WestlawNext Canada

Within the CCLA’s subscription to WestlawNext, we have both the CriminalSource and FamilySource add-on packages. Each of those services provides access to several popular Carswell looseleaf titles (and some titles that we had to cancel in print form years ago due to cost concerns). If there’s a WestlawNext sticker on a looseleaf you’re looking at, you want to access our Westlaw subscription on the computers to look at the e-version. My personal favourite? You can find Ewaschuck’s Criminal Pleadings and Practice in Canada on CriminalSource.

Quicklaw LexisNexis Quicklaw

For electronic access to several very popular text books published by LexisNexis (such as Sopkina on Evidence, as pictured here), you can turn to our Quicklaw subscription. Currently, we have texts in four different areas of law: criminal, family, employment, and general litigation.

For all of these online versions, you do need to come to the library in order to access them. Our licensing agreements do not currently allow for remote access, so you’ll need to be in the library, and on our computers. The upside to this, however, is we’re here to help! If you need any assistance in finding the e-titles on our Westlaw, Quicklaw, or ProView subscriptions, just let any of the library staff know and we can show you where to find them.

Research Tip: American Case Law

American case law is sometimes quite difficult to track down, as most of the time our basic Canadian database subscriptions do not cover other jurisdictions. (That’s why we added British case law database JustisOne to our subscriptions; check out our introductory post if you haven’t had the chance yet!)

So where can we find free access to American Case Law?

1. Google Scholar is always the first place we look. With a clean interface and a large collection of cases from state and federal courts, it’s a fantastic place to start. From the main search screen, select “Case Law” (or articles/patents if you are looking for those), and enter your search terms. Your results page should look quite familiar to you; you can click through to open a case. Note that you can also click on the “How Cited” link at the top to see any articles or cases that refer to it. Often times even if Google Scholar does not have the case you are looking for, it will still contain a reference to the case as well as alternative citations that you can try elsewhere.


2. Findlaw houses a lot of case law as well, as well as commentary and links to the state and district courts. To search for case law, you can enter a party’s name in the “Search for a Case” box, or alternatively, click on “Advanced Search” to enter in any other information you know. (This is where docket numbers can come in handy!) Results will bring you to a summary page, where you can click on the “Read” button to be linked to the full decision, although sometimes this will be behind a paywall.

3. Justia also offers free access to online American case law, as it brings together decisions from the Federal Courts and many of the district courts websites as well. You can search using the bar at the top right, or browse through the different courts below.

4. Casetext is the CanLIIConnects of the United States, as it features case law and added commentary by members of the legal community.

5. If you happen to know at what court the decision was made, you can often head directly to the State or District Court website to browse a database of their own decisions. Often times these are also included in the databases mentioned above.

6. Let us know! We have access to other libraries and their collections as well, so if we can help track down the case(s) you’re looking for, send us an email!

From Your Library: Quicklaw Forms and Precedents

This week we’d like to highlight the “Forms” section on Quicklaw. If you have a Quicklaw subscription in your office, take a look and see if you have these in your subscription. We have them in the library through our LibraryCo Quicklaw subscription, so you can always find them here.

The quickest way to access these forms and precedents is through the Forms tab. You can see in this image where it is located from the Quicklaw homescreen.


Here’s what you need to know about these forms:

  • They are available with these different practice areas in mind
    • Banking and Finance
    • Commercial Tenancies
    • Commercial Transactions
    • Corporations
    • Debtor/Creditor
    • Employment
    • Information Technology
    • Intellectual Property
    • Land Development
    • Licensing
    • Municipal Law
    • Gold’s Criminal Precedents
    • Sale and Operation of a Business
    • Sale, Distribution, and Transport of Goods
    • Solicitors Forms
    • Wills and Estates
  • You can download them as Word documents (which means you can modify them without having to re-type)
  • There are also some handy checklists available in each section too

If you don’t have an O’Brien’s subscription in your office or you want to try out another precedents collection, we definitely suggest looking at the collection in Quicklaw. If you need any assistance with this product, as always, let us know!

From Your Library: Searching Ontario Hansard Debates Online

If you need to discern the intent behind a particular piece of legislation, there’s (arguably) no better place than from the discussion of those who brought it into being. Fortunately, the record of the debates of parliament, the Hansard Debates, are becoming increasingly available online.

Provincial (Ontario)

Provincial Hansard records are available from the Legislative Assembly’s website, with scattered coverage back to 1979. PDF files of the most recent parliamentary debates are also available on the Legislative Assembly’s site in addition to the plain text. If you know the date on which a certain bill was discussed, you can simply browse to that date from the link above.

Most of the time, however, you will probably not know the exact date that the bill was discussed. In this case, you can browse to the Bill itself by clicking on Bills and Lawmaking -> Past & Present, and then select the parliamentary year from the dropdown menu. Once you have located the Bill, you can click on the “Debates” tab, as seen in the example below.


This will bring up a list of the dates that the Bill was discussed in parliament, and by clicking on the blue dates, will link you directly to the Hansard records. If a link is not available online, it will at least tell you the date, which you can then use to look it up in the print version at a library.

The majority of commentary occurs during the second reading of a bill. If it is deferred to a committee, the committee reports will also be linked from this screen.

You can also search the Hansard debates here, although your mileage may vary using this search tool.

We don’t hold the print copies of the Hansard here at the CCLA Library, but they are available from the University of Ottawa Law Library and the Supreme Court Library. As always, if you have difficulty finding what you need you can contact us at and we will do our best to point you in the right direction!

From Your Library: Quicklaw Practice Pages

A subscription to Quicklaw is another excellent research tool provided via the LSUC to every courthouse library. There are loads of great features within Quicklaw, but one that is commonly overlooked (unfortunately!) is the Practice Area section. Here’s where it is on the home screen:


We have four practice areas available to library clients – CriminalPractice, EmploymentPractice, FamilyPractice, and LitigationPractice. If you pop over to one of those areas when you first load up Quicklaw, you’ll have an easy to scan and use list of secondary sources that are available for you to search, read through, print, or email. For example, LitigationPractice contains a bunch of quantums (such as personal injury damages or wrongful dismissals), practice guides, and texts like The Law of Limitations. Next time you’re in the courthouse, stop by and take a look at this great feature of our Quicklaw subscription!

From Your Library: HeinOnline

One of our favorite online resources is HeinOnline. What exactly is in HeinOnline? It’s an online access point for lots of great legal research materials. Here are just a few of the things that are contained in our subscription that we’ve used when carrying out research for our library clients:

  • Legal and law-related journals – over 2,000 of them!
  • The English Reports (which has reprints of English cases dating from 1220 to 1867)
  • The Revised Statutes of Canada, all sets (good for legislative research)
  • A wide range of American legislation

The really great news is that access to Hein is available to all Law Society members through a subscription worked out by the Law Society of Upper Canada. You can search, read, and download all without paying an additional cent. If you’d like the username and password for Hein, let us know and we can give it to you. It changes roughly twice a year, and did just last week, so you might need to update your information! Keep our email address ( handy!

Changes to CCLA Library Online Products

Starting January 1, 2014, there will be changes the online products you will have access to in the CCLA Library. We hope you’ll find these changes useful for your legal research!

No Longer Available:

Criminal Spectrum

Newly Added:

Quicklaw CriminalPractice

This product contains the following titles:

    • The Practitioner’s Criminal Code (Gold)
    • The Law of Search and Seizure in Canada (Fontana andKeeshan)
    • Sentencing (Ruby, Davies, Doucette, Loosemore, Orkinand, Wawzonek)
    • Annotated Youth Criminal Justice Act (Weinper, Direnfeld, Greene,Pearson, Richardson and Tuck-Jackson)
    • Impaired Driving in Canada (Kenkel)
    • Canadian Extradition Law Practice (Botting)
    • Sopinka, Lederman & Bryant – The Law of Evidence in Canada (Bryant, Lederman and Fuerst)
    • Canada Criminal Digest
    • Abrégé de jurisprudence – Droit criminel
    • Criminal Law Cases – Topical
    • Supreme Court of Canada Service
    • LAW/NET™ Legal Update Service
    • For the Defence, the newsletter of the Ontario CriminalLawyers’
    • Association
    • Alan D. Gold’s Criminal Law NetLetter
    • Alan D. Gold’s Money Laundering Update
    • Crown Weekly NetLetter
    • Federico and Rondinelli’s DNA NetLetter
    • Impaired Driving NetLetter by the Hon. Justice Joseph F. Kenkel
    • LexisNexis® Criminal Charter Issues NetLetter
    • LexisNexis® Criminal Offences NetLetter
    • LexisNexis® Criminal Procedure NetLetter
    • The Practitioner’s Criminal Precedents (Gold)

Quicklaw FamilyPractice

This product contains the following titles:

    • Ontario Family Law Practice (The Hon. Mr. Justice David Steinberg, the Hon. Mr. Justice Craig Perkins, Esther L. Lenkinski and Andrew James)
    • Wilson on Children and the Law (Jeffery Wilson)
    • Family Mediation and Collaborative Practice Handbook (Barbara Landau, Lorne Wolfson and Niki Landau)
    • Castel & Walker – Canadian Conflict of Laws (Janet Walker) Canadian Contract Law (Angela Swan)
    • Canada Child Support Quantums
    • Canada Spousal Support Quantums
    • Canada Dependants’ Relief Quantums
    • Canada Matrimonial Property Quantums
    • LexisNexis® Family Law (Ontario) NetLetter
    • LexisNexis® Youth Protection NetLetter

Quicklaw LitigationPractice

This product contains the following titles:

    • Canadian Federal Courts Practice (Hughes, Renaud and Horne)
    • Federal Limitations Manual
    • Ontario Courtroom Procedure (Ferguson)
    • Sopinka, Lederman & Bryant – The Law of Evidence in Canada (Bryant, Lederman and Fuerst)
    • Class Actions Law and Practice (Eizenga, Peerless, Wright and Callaghan)
    • Canadian Tort Law (Linden and Feldthusen)
    • Canadian Contract Law (Swan)
    • Castel & Walker – Canadian Conflict of Laws (Walker)
    • The Law of Limitations (Mew)
    • Canada Civil Procedure Digest
    • Canada Civil Evidence Digest
    • Canada Limitation of Actions Digest
    • Canada Breach of Contract Quantums
    • Canada Defamation Quantums
    • Canada Medical Negligence Quantums
    • Canada Property-Related Torts Quantums
    • Canada Wrongful Dismissal Quantums
    • Carlson Personal Injury Quantum of Damages NetLetter
    • LexisNexis® Civil Practice (Federal) NetLetter
    • LexisNexis® Ontario Civil Practice NetLetter
    • LexisNexis® Civil Evidence NetLetter
    • LexisNexis® Conflict of Laws NetLetter
    • LexisNexis® Limitation of Actions NetLetter
    • LexisNexis® Class Actions NetLetter
    • LexisNexis® Economic Damages NetLetter
    • LexisNexis® Personal Injury NetLetter
    • LexisNexis® Tort Law NetLetter

To access any of these Practice products, simply proceed through to Quicklaw as normal on the Desktops of our library computers.


Resources for Paralegals and Law Clerks

While most of our collection is geared towards lawyers, the CCLA Library has a small but excellent collection of materials intended for paralegals and law clerks.  As part of our partnership with the Great Library and the Law Society, we receive all of the continuing professional development print materials from LSUC events geared to this audience.  Here are some of the titles we’ve added to our library collection in the past year:

9th Annual Real Estate for Law Clerks

9th Annual Family Law for Law Clerks

10th Annual Civil Litigation for Law Clerks

Best Practices for Paralegals Appearing Before the  Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario

Best Practices for Paralegals Appearing Before the Ontario Court of Justice 2011

Corporate Law for Law Clerks

Estate Administration for Law Clerks 2010

FSCO Update for Paralegals

Personal Injury for Law Clerks: Recent Changes That You Need to Know About

Small Claims Court Update 2011

These titles, along with many others, are shelved along with our regular Text collection, ordered by subject.  Next time you’re in the courthouse, or would like to read up on a new legal topic, consider stopping by to take a look at these great resources.



CCLA Info for Articling Students

Ottawa’s summer is in full swing, and we hope that you’ve had time to enjoy the weather and get away to some shade or the cottage for a break from the heat! Here at the CCLA Library, we are busy planning for the fall, and in particular for the new articling students that will be arriving at firms and the library in the coming weeks.

The CCLA and its library have a lot to offer students, from social and educational events to reference and support services. If new students are joining your firm, we encourage you to pass this newsletter onto them so that they can stay informed, and if you are a new student we’d love for you to stop by the library for a tour and learn about library resources, services, and training opportunities that may assist you during your articles.

I’ve consolidated a short list of things that articling students may want to check out at the CCLA this year below. As always, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions!

1. The CCLA e-Newsletter

Perhaps the most valuable tool for new members of our legal community is the CCLA’s e-Newsletter, which is sent out once per week and shares news and notices, educational and social events, and job opportunities relevant to the East Region legal community. Students can sign up for the newsletter by clicking here, or they can follow us on Twitter or Facebook, where it is also posted each week.

2. Social Events and Pub Nights

The CCLA holds a number of social events and pub nights throughout the year that offer a chance for articling students, new lawyers, and not-so-new lawyers to meet one another. There is no registration necessary, and we provide the snacks. Our first pub night of the year is scheduled for Thursday, September 22nd from 5:30 to 8:00 PM at MacLaren’s Pub. These events are always advertised on our Calendar of Events and via our e-Newsletter.

3. Learning and Professional Development Opportunities

The CCLA also offers a number of educational opportunities geared specifically toward articling students, which can be a great help during articles and provide opportunities to network with other legal professionals.  Check out our joint program with the OBA on August 19th: Excelling at Articles: Surviving and Thriving in Your First Year, or our workshop on Small Claims in September. Mentoring events and dinners are also held throughout the year, providing opportunities to ask established mentors your toughest questions. The CCLA Library also offers a number of free Quicklaw and Westlaw training sessions throughout the year, for when you want to brush up on your skills and learn how to research faster and more effectively.

All of the CCLA’s other annual conferences and seminars, including our four Cornerstone Conferences, Criminal Law, Civil Litigation, Family Law, and Solicitors, also offer excellent opportunities for students to learn about law practice and meet established legal professionals. Many of these conferences are must-attend networking and learning events in the East Region, and students are strongly encouraged to attend.

All of our events and registration information can be found on the Calendar of Events on our website.

4. Library Resources, Services, and Tours

The CCLA Library can be an enormous help to students during their articles, especially when they need reference or research assistance. Call us if you need help finding cases, researching legislation, or finding the materials you need to answer a tough research question. We can also walk you through online sources and legal databases and help you use them to your full advantage. The library also offers an extensive print collection, computer, printing, photocopying, and wireless access in the Courthouse, free access to legal databases, and quiet study space. This is not to mention the friendly staff, who are always happy to help out in any way they can.

We hope you’ll come in for a tour of the library, as they’re a great opportunity to meet the library staff and learn about the resources and services that we have to offer. Drop us a line if you’d like to schedule a tour; you can check out the pre-scheduled tour times here, or contact your Reference Librarian, Kaitlyn Tribe (that’s me), at to schedule one at an alternate time. We look forward to meeting you!

These are just a few of the opportunities the CCLA is offering articling students this year. Information about other educational and community events, CCLA membership opportunities for students, and other tools and services can all be found on our website. Please don’t hesitate to contact me or any of the other CCLA staff if you have any questions.

Info Sheet: CPD Programming Providers

Here at the library, we’ve had a few requests for details on where one can find programming that’s accredited for CPD credit hours.  To consolidate the information and provide helpful contacts, we’ve put together a short info sheet on programming providers that are of interest to our Ottawa lawyers.  You can download the PDF through this link.  The link is also available from our CPD Information page in the Events section of the CCLA website.