Law databases

The Diana M. Priestly Law Library has access to more than 100 law related research databases. For an exhaustive list of our databases please see our complete A-Z list.

For a selective list of legal research databases please use the accordion box below. Database descriptions are not exhaustive of the contents contained in each database.

Canadian law

Database Description
CanLII

An authoritative and free source of Canadian cases, statutes and regulations, as well as other documents.

BestCase A comprehensive resource to Canada Law Books law reports and summary series. Includes dominion law reports, criminal cases, labour arbitration and civil decisions.
BC Laws (Queen's Printer BC) Provides free access to current and historical BC statutes, regulations, bills (first and third reading), orders-in-council, and BC Gazette. Also includes Tables of Legislative Changes and Regulation Bulletins and Indexes.
Quickscribe Current and historical BC and Federal legislation, bills and orders-in-council. Oriented to practising lawyers.
JusticeLaws (Canada Department of Justice) Provides free access to the Official Consolidated and Annual Statutes and Regulations of Canada, the Table of Public Statutes and Responsible Ministers, and the Consolidated Index of Statutory Instruments with side-by-side bilingual PDF versions.
Canada Gazette

The official newspaper of the Government of Canada since 1841. Online coverage from 1998, with pdf versions "official" since 2002.

Part I - Notices and Proposed Regulations
Part II - Official Regulations
Part III - Acts of Parliament

LEGISinfo A tool for finding information on legislation currently before Parliament.
Canadian Tax Library (IntelliConnect) (CCH)

Is a comprehensive database of documents related to Canadian tax law. Includes commentary, case law, legislation and tax treaties, Interpretation Bulletins, Information Circulars and Technical News.

Historical Debates of the Parliament of Canada

The Historical Debates of the Parliament of Canada portal provides access to historical debates of the Senate and House of Commons, in both official languages. Includes the journals of the Senate and House of Commons.

LLMC Digital LLMC Digital includes historical government and legal materials from Canada, US and the UK including case law reports, legislation, texts and treatises.
HeinOnline In addition to journal articles, HeinOnline provides access to Acts of Parliament of Canada (Annual Statutes 1792-2014), Revised Statutes of Canada (1886, 1903, 1924, 1952, 1970, and 1985) and the Supreme Court Reports.

United Kingdom law

Database Description
BAILII A comprehensive and free source for UK and Irish case law and legislation, law commission reports, international treaties, and EU case law.
English Reports 1220-1867 (HeinOnline) The English Reports reprints 265 'nominate' reporters that published cases between 1220 and 1865.
ICLR Online (Law Reports) ICLR is the authorised publisher of the official series of The Law Reports for the Superior and Appellate Courts of England and Wales. The Incorporated Council of Law Reporting’s ICLR Online database contains all the case reports published by the ICLR since 1865.
JustCite JustCite cross-references cases, legislation and journal articles from the UK and Ireland and shows you how they are related.
Justis Justis includes the Times Law Reports and the International Law Reports (a large collection of public international case law) and legislation from England dating back to Magna Carta.
Legislation.gov.uk A free and authoritative source statutes and statutory instruments for the UK, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Database contains all statutes and statutory instruments from 1988 and most statutes from 1267.
House of Commons Parliamentary Papers Provides access to British Parliamentary history up to the present including all sessional papers issued by the House of Commons. Includes all sessional papers issued by the House of Commons including Bills, Reports of Royal Commissions, Reports of Select Committees, Accounts and Papers, and Command Papers.
LLMC Digital
LLMC Digital includes historical government and legal materials from Canada, US and the UK including case law reports, legislation, texts and treatises.
Making of Modern Law Provides full-text access to over 21,000 titles from the 19th and early 20th century on British and American law.

United States law

Database Description
American Indian Law Collection (HeinOnline) American Indian law has evolved into a complex web of treaties, federal statutes and regulations, federal case law, tribal codes, constitutions, and jurisprudence. This collection was created to consolidate a wealth of information available on American Indian Law, and also to share the influence that Native Americans and their cultures have had on modern society.
HeinOnline In addition to journal articles, HeinOnline contains several collections providing access to current and historical federal and state legislation, case law, treaties and other international agreements.
LLMC Digital LLMC Digital includes historical government and legal materials from Canada, US and the UK including case law reports, legislation, texts and treatises.
Making of Modern Law Provides full-text access to over 21,000 titles from the 19th and early 20th century on British and American law.

Other foreign law

Database Description
Australian Federal Register of Legislation A free and authoritative source for Australian Commonwealth legislative instruments and compilations of legislative instruments. Site contains full text and details of individual laws as well as other ancillary documents and information.
Index Islamicus Indexes literature on Islam, the Middle East and the Muslim world.
Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals (HeinOnline) Provides access to all forms of foreign (non-Anglo-American) law. This includes Islamic, socialist, public, private, international and transnational law.
Oxford Constitutions of the World Contains fully-translated English-language versions of all the world's constitutions (both national and sub-national), accompanied by individual commentaries, supplementary materials, including foundation documents, historical constitutions, and amendment Acts/laws.
World Constitutions Illustrated (HeinOnline) Includes the current constitution for all countries in the original language with English translations as well as constitutional histories for several countries. Database includes constitutional periodicals, classic books and other works related to constitutional law.
WorldLII

WorldLII is a free legal research tool containing case law, legislation, law reform reports, and law journals from over 120 jurisdictions.

International law

Database Description
Annotated Leading Cases of International Criminal Tribunals This database is the full text equivalent of the print series, Annotated Leading Cases of International Tribunals, and offers commentary by distinguished experts in the field of international criminal law.
Electronic Information System for International Law This portal directs researchers to reliable primary and secondary materials in international law.  It also includes research guides.
EUR-LEX Provides free access to the authentic (as of July 2013) Official Journal of the European Union. EUR-LEX contains EU treaties,legislation, legislation summaries, prepatory acts, case law, international agreements, and other documents of public interest. Available in all 24 official EU languages.
Global Artibration Review (GAR) GAR provides news and research on international arbitration from around the world. GAR includes current and archived issues of the Global Arbitration Review journal, daily news briefings on recent disputes, and insight and analysis for practitioners organized by topic.
International Law Reports (Justis) Comprehensive access to judicial materials bearing on public international law including:  decisions of international tribunals, select human rights decisions of international tribunals, international arbitral awards, and judicial decisions from national jurisdictions that have some bearing on international law.
Investment Treaty Arbitration (ITA) An online news and analysis service focusing on cross-border lawsuits between foreign investors and their host governments.
Investor-State Law Guide Collection of tools for researching international investment treaty law. The scope of ISLG's document collection includes all publicly available decisions and awards.
KluwerArbitration Full-text documents in international commercial arbitration. Includes conventions, legislation, rules, case law, and commentary.
Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law
A fully updated version of the Encyclopedia of Public International Law.
TradeLawGuide Access to annotated versions of the six primary WTO agreements, and 64 additional WTO agreements and instruments. Any WTO jurisprudence on specific articles in the agreements is linked.
Transnational Dispute Management (TDM) TDM focuses on recent developments in the area of arbitration and dispute management. It is a combination of newsletter, review-journal, internet service and primary materials database which goes across disciplines - law, psychology-psychoanalysis, international business management, economics, arbitration, WTO, international investment law, and across various areas of dispute management.
UN Official Document System ODS covers all types of official United Nations documentation including access to resolutions of the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council and the Trusteeship Council from 1946 onwards.
UN Treaty Collection Includes the UN Treaty Series (1946-), the League of Nations Treaty Series (1920-1944) and the current status of the Multilateral Treaties.

Articles and books (Canadian, foreign and international law)

Database Description
HeinOnline HeinOnline’s Law Journal Library provides full-text access to Canadian, US and other foreign and international law journals. Coverage is generally from the first issue published. For some journals there is a 1 year delay in accessing the full-text of current year's volume.
LegalTrac Provides indexing and considerable full text coverage for US and Canadian titles including major law reviews, legal newspapers, bar association journals and international legal journals.
Index to Legal Periodicals & Books Full Text Comprehensive index to key English language legal literature. Includes coverage of scholarly articles, books, book reviews and jurisdictional surveys. Database also provides access to a considerable number of full text articles.
AGIS Plus Text Comprehensively indexes and abstracts articles from over 100 Australian, New Zealand and Pacific law journals. Selectively indexes and abstracts articles from major law journals from United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Full text coverage begins from 1999-.
Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals (HeinOnline) Provides access to all forms of foreign (non-Anglo-American) law. This includes Islamic, socialist, public, private, international and transnational law.
Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective 1908-1981 Retrospective index of citations from over 750 legal periodicals published between 1908 and 1981. Covers law reviews, journals, annual surveys of laws and scholarly materials, and more from Canada, the US, Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
JSTOR An archive of important US scholarly journals. Displays journal articles as they were originally designed and published.
Irwin Law Collection
This searchable collection of e-books encompasses all "Essentials of Canadian Law" titles.
Kluwer Law International Over 50 law titles from Wolters Kluwer Law and Business, accessed via the MyiLibrary platform.
Springer eBooks Allow simultaneous access to more than 120 law titles.

Accessible by law students and faculty only

Database Description
WestLawNext Canada Primary and secondary Canadian materials including cases, legislation, commentary, journals, news, The Canadian Encyclopedic Digest, and the Index to Canadian Legal Literature (ICLL). For student registration, follow the links here: http://www.westlawnextcanada.com/law-students/
Lexis Advance Quicklaw

LexisNexis new online platform for legal research. Lexis Advance Quicklaw is one of the most extensive legal research products available for Canadian law. Includes court and tribunal cases, legislation, commentary, journals, Index to Canadian Legal Literature (ICLL) and news.

For new student registration, follow the links here: www.lexisnexis.ca/registerUV

LexisNexis Quicklaw One of the most extensive legal research products available for Canadian law. Includes court and tribunal cases, legislation, commentary, journals and news. LexisNexis will be retiring LexisNexis Quicklaw within the next year.
Continuing Legal Education Society of BC CLE BC database contains practice manuals such as the BC Family Practice manual and the Conveyancing Deskbook and professional development course materials.
Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) CALI contains online based interactive legal tutorials, podcasts, blogs, ebooks, articles, and other materials touching upon different areas of United States law. Content is geared towards law students.
Maritime Law Book Maritime Law Book will be ceasing operations as of November 2016. Judicial decisions from Canada, the Judicial Office of the House of Lords and reporters that cover every jurisdiction in Canada, except Quebec.