Law databases

The Diana M. Priestly Law Library has access to more than 70 research databases. For an exhaustive list of our databases please see our A-Z directory.

For a selective list of legal research databases please use the accordion box below:

Canadian law

Database Description
CanLII

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

HeinOnline Provides full content to US and Canadian indexed law journals, the US Federal Register, US Supreme Court cases and US Treaties.
BestCase A comprehensive resource to Canada Law Books law reports and summary series. Includes dominion law reports, criminal cases, labour arbitration and civil decisions.
LEGISinfo

A tool for finding information on legislation currently before Parliament.

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.

U.S. and U.K. law

Database Description
JustCite JustCite cross-references cases, legislation and journal articles from the UK and Ireland and shows you how they are related.
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.
Law Library Microform Consortia
Law Library Microform Consortia includes government materials from Canada, the US and the UK.
HeinOnline Provides full content to US and Canadian indexed law journals, the US Federal Register, US Supreme Court cases and US Treaties.
Index to Legal Periodicals Comprehensive index to key English language legal literature. Includes coverage of scholarly articles, books, book reviews and jurisdictional surveys.
Computer Assisted Legal Instruction
Exercises podcasts, blogs, conferences and articles designed to educate law students.
LegalTrac Provides indexing for US titles including major law reviews, legal newspapers, bar association journals and international legal journals.
English Reports The English Reports reprints 265 'nominate' reporters that published cases between 1220 and 1865.
JSTOR An archive of important US scholarly journals. Displays journal articles as they were originally designed and published.

Other foreign law

Database Description
Index Islamicus Indexes literature on Islam, the Middle East and the Muslim world.
AsiaROM AsiaROM is a compilation of databases covering a wide range of subjects relevant Asian, Australian and South Pacific regions.
Constitutions of the Countries of the World Contains current and historical constitutions of 192 countries with comparative notes examining recent amendments.
Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals Provides access to all forms of foreign (non-Anglo-American) law. This includes Islamic, socialist, public, private, international and transnational law.
Falm.info

A directory of organizations that subscribe to the Declaration on Free Access to Law.

International law

Database Description
Electronic Information System for International Law This portal directs researchers to reliable primary and secondary materials in international law.  It also includes research guides.
Investment Treaty Arbitration An online news and analysis service focusing on cross-border lawsuits between foreign investors and their host governments.
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.
Source OECD The online library of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development provides access to the organisation's statistical database.
Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law
A fully updated version of the Encyclopedia of Public International Law.
Annotated Leading Cases of Internationl Criminal Tribunals This database is the full text equivalent of the print series, Annotated Leading Cases of International Tribunals, and offers commentary by dDistinguished experts in the field of international criminal law.

Articles and books

Database Description
Summon An intuitive search engine that explores UVic's collection of books, scholarly journals, newspaper articles, e-books, dissertations, videos, maps, manuscripts collections, music scores and more. 
HeinOnline Provides full content to US and Canadian indexed law journals, the US Federal Register, US Supreme Court cases and US Treaties.
LegalTrac Provides indexing for US titles including major law reviews, legal newspapers, bar association journals and international legal journals.
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.
Index to Legal Periodicals Comprehensive index to key English language legal literature. Includes coverage of scholarly articles, books, book reviews and jurisdictional surveys.
MyiLibrary eBooks Over 900 e-books on law topics from a variety of publishers and perspectives with over 600 relevant to Canadian law.
Springer eBooks Allow simultaneous access to more than 120 law titles.

Cases and statutes

Database Description
BestCase A comprehensive resource to Canada Law Books law reports and summary series. Includes dominion law reports, criminal cases, labour arbitration and civil decisions.
QP LegalEze Includes consolidations of the BC statutes, point-in-time table and private, special and local statutes.
Quickscribe Up-to-date access of historical BC and Federal legislation, bills and orders-in-council.
CanLII An authoritative source of Canadian cases, statutes and regulations, as well as other documents.
Canadian Department of Justice Includes 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.
English Reports The English Reports reprints 265 'nominate' reporters that published cases between 1220 and 1865.

Accessible by law students only

Database Description
WestLaw Canada Primary and secondary Canadian materials including cases, legislation, commentary, journals, news and The Canadian Encyclopedic Digest.
LexisNexis Quicklaw One of the most extensive legal research products available for Canadian law. Includes court and tribunal cases, legislation, commentary, journals and news.
CCH Online Current Canadian topical looseleaf guides, up-to-date access of historical BC and Federal legislation, bills and orders-in-council.
Continuing Legal Education Society of BC Practice manuals such as the BC Family Practice manual and the Conveyancing Deskbook.
Maritime Law Book Judicial decisions from Canada, the Judicial Office of the House of Lords and reporters that cover every jurisdiction in Canada, except Quebec.

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