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- Contact info
- Secondary sources
- Primary sources
- Ethics sources
- Curriculum documents
- Web sites about teaching legal topics in schools
- Style guides
If you need help, please contact Melissa Smith, Librarian for the Faculty of Education, at 778.782.7419 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Book an appointment. See also Ask a librarian if Melissa is not available or you have a general question.
You may also wish to review the library's comprehensive guide to legal information.
Secondary sources consist of scholarly journal articles, legal commentary and annotations, treatises, textbooks and books, encyclopedia entries, non-academic articles and other sources. They are often the best place to begin legal research, because they discuss, highlight, and summarize important cases and legislation.
Finding background information
- Guide: locating background information for legal research
- Encyclopedia of Education Law [print or online]
- Controversies in school law: A handbook for educational administrators [print]
- Education law [print]
- Legal handbook for educators [print]
- Teachers and the law [print]
Find books about legal concepts using Catalogue Search. For example, you may try these key words:
- education law canada
- constitutional law
- "home schooling" law
You can also do a subject search in the catalogue. To do a successful subject search, you will need to use the formal subject headings used in the catalogue. For example, if you do a subject search for education law and legislation, you will find many related subject headings (see below). When you click on the subject heading, you'll see all the books on that topic.
- Education law and legislation
- Education law and legislation--Canada
- Education law and legislation--British Columbia
To find other formal subject headings used in the library catalogue, examine the subject headings assigned to good books on your topic. Then click on the most interesting subject headings assigned to that book to find others like it.
Finding articles by database
After you find a reference to an article you would like to read, click on the Where can I get this? link to get a link to the full-text.
The largest education index.
The best Canadian education index. The best all-round Canadian index: includes magazines, journals, and newspapers.
Select "Law Journal Library" within the database to search articles from over 1,620 legal journals--US, Canadian, and international content.
Index to Canadian Legal Literature (via LawSource)
Indexes Canadian legal periodicals.
Do a subject search for key words in the concept, e.g. law and teaching and secondary
Indexes Canadian and American legal journals and case law.
Many law review articles available in full text online, for example, University of British Columbia Law Review
Westlaw Next Canada
Indexes Canadian legal periodicals and scholarly journals.
Finding articles by journal
- Brigham Young University Education & Law Journal
- Education and the Law
- Education & Law Journal
- Journal of Law and Education
Legislation (acts or statutes) and case law (judgments or judicial decisions) are considered primary sources. They contain the force of law.
Laws & legislation
- Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
- Child, Family and Community Services Act
- Constitutional Documents
- First Nations Education Act
- Independent School Act
Manual of School Law - K to 12
An online guide containing links to British Columbia laws related to the school system and to BC Ministry of Education policies.
- School Act
- Statutes of British Columbia
- Statutes of Canada
- Teachers Act
- Young Offenders Act (repealed 2001)
- Youth Criminal Justice Act (2001 - current)
Courts & tribunals
- British Columbia Superior Courts
- British Columbia Teachers' Council and Disciplinary and Professional Conduct Board
- Supreme Court of Canada
- Guide: finding cases
BC Supreme Court Judgments
Keyword searchable database of decisions from the BC Supreme Court
Supreme Court of Canada Judgments
Keyword searchable database of decisions from the Supreme Court of Canada
Finding cases by topic
- Guide: how to find legal cases by topic
- Canadian Abridgement Digests - Education Law (access through Westlaw Next Canada)
- To find education law topics in Westlaw, choose "Canadian Abridgement Digests" and "Education Law"
- Education Law Reporter: elementary and secondary (print)
Canadian publication with succinct summaries of recent cases and legal documents, with a focus on elementary and secondary education.
- Education Law Reporter: post-secondary (print)
Canadian publication with succinct summaries of recent cases and legal documents, with a focus on post-secondary education.
BC Ministry of Education Discipline Database
Keyword searchable database of BC College of Teachers discipline outcomes
Finding cases by citation
Got a legal citation, but not sure how to read it? Check out our handy infographic.
- Guide: how to find legal cases by citation
Canadian case law and statutes
Canadian court cases and tribunal decisions, current and point in time legislation (for selected jurisdictions), commentary, journals, citators and indexes.
- Westlaw Next Canada
Most public organizations post their policy manuals, which can easily be found through a Google search. Here are a few examples:
- BC Ministry of Education policies
- BC College of Teachers: Bylaws & policies
- Standards for the Education, Competence and Professional Conduct of Educators in BC
- Encyclopedia of Ethics
- Ethics and education (e-journal)
- Ethics and educational policy
- Background information sources: Philosophy
New Curriculum Documents
Redesigned BC curriculum drafts are available for grades 10-12, and will become the official curriculum in the 2017/2018 school year.
- Integrated Resource Packages (IRPs) prepared by the BC Ministry of Education for Social Studies courses (including Law 12 & Social Justice 12)
Web sites about teaching legal topics in schools
B.C. specific, this website has lesson plans, teaching units, court education and teacher training resources.
Law Central Alberta
Classroom materials on legal topics for teachers and students.
Justice Education Society of British Columbia
Provides province-wide legal education to schools and community groups
Programs focus on the operation of the BC court system and criminal and civil trial procedures
Government publications come from many different sources and so can be particularly challenging to cite.
The APA guide suggests you use the legal style manual of your country to cite its respective legal sources. In Canada, this is the McGill style guide, also known as the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation.
Please confirm with your instructor on his or her citation style preferences, as the use of APA and McGill styles will be instructor-specific in the Education department.