Have You Heard about the Google Scholar Button?

June 5, 2015

The Google Scholar Button is a new Chrome or Firefox add-on which can streamline your journal research. Once the button is installed you can easily search Google Scholar by highlighting the terms you want to search and then clicking on the button. A menu will appear on the page with links to electronic versions of the resource in which you are interested. If you have Google Scholar set up to recognize your home institution it will seamlessly link to any resources that are freely available on the internet or any to which your institution subscribes

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When installing the add-on in Firefox you may need to refresh the browser in order for the button to appear.

Proposed Anti-Terrorism Legislation in Canada, the UK and Australia

March 16, 2015

There is a lot of controversy at the moment about Canada’s new anti-terrorism legislation. It is worth noting that the UK and Australia both have similar bills before their respective legislatures. For comparative purposes here are the links to all three bills and their attendant background resources.

Canada – Legisinfo

Anti-terrorism Act, 2015

(includes links to  debates and related documents)

UK  Parliament – Bills Before the House.

Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015




Related Documents


Parliament of Australia – Bills and Legislation Page

Australia National Security Legislation Amendment Act

(includes links to debates and background material)

New Resource: Mooting Resources Bibliography

March 6, 2013

The library has recently added a bibliography of resources on mooting, oral advocacy and legal drafting and  writing to its collection of Subject Bibliographies.  This collection also includes  links to electronic resources as well as  sample appellant’s and respondent’s factums.  The bibliography can be found at http://library.law.utoronto.ca/research-guides/mooting-resources

Table of Contents for Canadian Law Journals – June 2012

July 11, 2012

Alberta Law Review Volume 49, no. 3 (2012)
Constitutional ForumVolume 20, no. 1 (2011)
Constitutional Forum – Volume 21, no. 1 (2012)
The Criminal Law Quarterly – Volume 58, no.3 &4 (2012)
Supreme Court Law Review Volume 56 (2012)
University of Toronto Law Review – Volume 62, no. 3 (2012)

New Death Penalty Worldwide Database

June 21, 2012

From the Center for International Human Rights at Northwestern University.

“We would like to draw your attention to a new, freely-accessible online resource in international and comparative law. The Death Penalty Worldwide (http://www.deathpenaltyworldwide.org), a research project based at Northwestern University’s Center for International Human Rights, provides up-to-date analysis on the law and practice of capital punishment for every country in the world that retains it. The centerpiece of the website is a searchable database which tracks, among other information, the offenses for which the death penalty may be imposed, ratification of relevant international treaties, national and international jurisprudence, methods of execution, death sentence and execution statistics, decisions of international human rights bodies, the availability of legal aid, and recent domestic developments with regard to capital punishment. This extensive data is searchable by country, region, offense, or any combination of the above topics. The website also provides links to research resources and thematic summaries of the main international legal issues relevant to capital punishment.

The goal of Death Penalty Worldwide is to provide reliable, current legal analysis and information on the death penalty to scholars, activists, practitioners and journalists around the world”

Westlaw China is Now Available at U of T Law

March 1, 2011

The library has recently purchased a subscription to Westlaw China.  This database is made up of  five sections:

Laws and Regulations more than 10,000 in English and over 700,00 in Chinese
Legal Topics:  full text legislation and commentary which explains and describes 11 major legal topics covering more than 5,773 legal issues
Case Headnotes in English as well as 374,632 cases from the Supreme People’s Court and local courts in 31 provinces, municipalities directly under the Central Government and autonomous regions, as well as special courts such as maritime courts in Chinese
Abstracts of Journal articles in English and full text articles in Chinese
Current Awareness which is updated a number of times daily using information gleaned from legislation, books and journals, commentaries, courts and cases, government policies, law firm bulletin, news, proposed legislation and statistics.

Access is available via computers at the Faculty of Law and the Bora Laskin Law Library only.

Use Google Custom Search to create your own Personalized Search Engine

February 1, 2011

Anyone with a Google account can create a Google Custom Search Engine. This service  enables you to limit your searches to specific websites or even specific web pages. This makes it much easier to get more precise result while searching in specific subject areas as you can include the sites you want to search and specifically exclude sites as you require. You can also personalize the look and feel of your search engine.  A good set of instructions for setting up a Google Custom Search can be found at O’Reilly’s OnLamp.

One really good example of how to use the custom search engine is  Ted Tjaden’s “Search Canadian Law Firm Websites, Blogs & Journals” which will  search 79  selectively chosen Canadian law firm websites, 205 Canadian law blogs and 20 Canadian law journal websites.

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