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How "hot" is this case? and other CANLII enhancements

Published January 23, 2020 by Yolanda Koscielski
There have been a couple of great developments to CanLII which will significantly enhance the legal research process.  As you may know, CanLII is the massive open access database that allows you to access Canadian case law and legislation via one portal. 
Now, CanLII has expanded its existing note-up tool: 

The Power is Yours: Your Federal Election Handbook

Published September 16, 2019 by Yolanda Koscielski

Check out Ryerson Democratic Engagement Exchange’s guide to voting in the 2019 election: The Power is Yours: Your Federal Election Handbook.

The handbook "is a non-partisan guide that equips first-time and infrequent voters with the knowledge to make a confident, informed vote in the 2019 federal election. The workbook-style handbook is engaging, and easy to read and most importantly: fun!"

New: Maclean's Magazine Archive at SFU Library

Published January 10, 2019 by Yolanda Koscielski

I'm pleased to announce SFU Library now has full access to the archives of the Canadian magazine, Maclean's. Coverage goes back as far as 1905 (when it was first titled, "Busy Man's Magazine"), and spans up to 2015. Maclean's magazine is a useful source for news coverage of Canadian events, including of course, articles on Canadian criminal and legal topics. Here are some sample articles:

New Research Guide! Media Literature Reviews

Published August 2, 2017 by Yolanda Koscielski

Are you conducting a content analysis of news media (newspapers, broadcast news, news websites, etc.)? If so, check out our new guide on conducting a media literature review:

Media literature reviews: How to conduct a literature review using news sources

Use this guide if you are conducting a literature review of news sources on a certain topic, and need help locating a sample of news sources for your analysis.  For example:

Welcome to the Internet, Looseleaf Legal Serials!

Published July 20, 2017 by Yolanda Koscielski

Good news: a number of print legal titles (by Carswell) are now available online. Until now, these titles have only been in print. Their new online format allow for significantly greater access, as well as legal content that is updated more quickly!

Titles now online include:


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