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HeinOnline does McGill Citation Style, World Constitutions, and Historical Provincial Legislation Online

Published by Yolanda Koscielski

Many of SFU Library's legal databases are quite large, containing a diverse range of legal materials from case law to commentary to legal journals. HeinOnline is one of them. It continues to grow in content. Here are some interesting new additions: 

McGill Citation Style

McGill citation style is now available in HeinOnline! In case you didn’t already know, McGill is the official Canadian citation style for the legal discipline, including for citing case law. Some Crim profs have, in the past, required their students to use APA for citing their academic sources, and McGill for citing their case law. (APA also officially recommends using the official citation style of country you are citing from, if you are not in the US).

In HeinOnline, you can now automatically generate a citation using McGill style for scholarly articles found in the Law Journal Library. Unfortunately, it does not seem to be available for Canadian legislation, Canadian Supreme Court Reports, or other sources (there are too many to test each individually), but it is a good start.

Provincial Statutes of Canada

Good news: you can now look up and trace the development of some historical provincial legislation online. HeinOnline's Provincial Statutes of Canada collection provides direct access to historical versions of legislation, such as the Annual Statutes of the Province of British Columbia,  as well as the consolidated Revised Statutes of British Columbia, both from 1872-2015 

World Constitutions

This module includes constitutions of every country, including the various versions as they developed over time (to varying extents), including Canadian coverage.

In more detail:

"This library enables legal scholars to research the constitutional and political development of every country in the world. It includes the current constitution for every country in its original language format and an English translation, as well as substantial constitutional histories for all countries. It also includes constitutional periodicals, thousands of classic books, other related works such as the World Factbook, links to scholarly articles and online resources, and bibliographic references." 


Sample Image of a Constitution from the Republic of Latvia: The people of Latvia, in freely elected Constitutional Assemly, have adopted the following State Constitution...." etc., and an image of the Latvian flag.

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