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EDST 552 - Education / School Law - An Introduction

This research guide provides a selective listing of key resources to use to do research on a legal topic pertaining to education law.

Case Digests


  • contain summaries of court cases
  • usually provides an exhaustive list of cases for a particular jurisdiction or subject area

Canadian Abridgment

Call Number: Reference Room (level 2): KE 173
  • find relevant cases by subject with either the Key & Research Guide (provides a detailed table of contents for each subject area) or the General Index volume
  • locate case digests by topic in the relevant bound volume
  • update research using the soft cover supplement and monthly issues of Canadian Current Law for more recent case summaries
  • to find the full text of a decision, use the case citations given at the end of the digest
    Example: Rooney v Chan (1992), 76 BCLR (2d) 186
  • legal citations include
    • the name of the parties
    • the year of the decision
    • the volume number
    • the abbreviation for the law reports set (check the Abbreviations table published in the front of the bound volumes of the Abridgment to determine the full name
    • a series statement (if any)
    • first page of the decision
  • Search the title in the UBC Library catalogue to find the exact location
  • To research the history of a case & its subsequent treatment in later court decisions, use the Canadian Case Citations volumes
  • To 'note up' a particular federal or provincial statute or statute section, to see if it has been 'judicially considered' in a court case, use the Canadian Statutes Citations volumes