Free Materials and Upcoming Training Sessions

Thanks to everyone who came out to the CCLA Library’s Westlaw training session earlier this month, and to Josée Provost for teaching us about the useful tools on Westlaw, along with some techniques for making research faster and more effective. If you missed the session, there is still another learning opportunity happening at the library later this month. Join us next week on Wednesday, March 30th from 1:00 to 2:00 PM for a session with Ron Jones on LexisNexis Quicklaw. Send me a quick email if you’re interested in attending, or feel free to stop by the library if you happen to be in the Courthouse that day.

A few people inquired about training and learning materials that might assist them in lieu of attending the session, so I thought I’d share links to some great free online resources offered by both Quicklaw and Westlaw.

To access Westlaw Canada support materials, including quick reference cards, guides, learning tutorials, and frequently asked questions, check out the Learning & Support section of Westlaw’s website by clicking here. Personally, my favourite features on Westlaw are its Keyciting for cases and legislation and the incredibly useful Canadian Encyclopedic Digest, so I suggest reading about those features in the training guide, or asking me about them the next time you’re in the library.

For Quicklaw support materials, including training demos, quick reference guides, training manuals, and cheat sheets, check out the Training Materials section of the LexisNexis site by clicking here. The training demos are particularly helpful and well done in this section, and I suggest checking out the demos entitled Advanced Terms and Connectors and Noting Up the Law if you aren’t already confident using these features.

As always, please feel free to get in touch with me or any of the other library staff if you have questions about these databases or any other resources in the library.

Hope to see you at the Quicklaw session next week on Wednesday, March 30th, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM. The session will be held in the CCLA Library, located in Room 2004 on the main floor of the Ottawa Courthouse, at 161 Elgin Street. Please feel free to bring your lunch; iced tea and snacks will be served!

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