Legal encyclopedias are multi-volume sets that provide overviews of the law, in narrative form, on a full range of legal topics; the commentary provides references and footnotes to primary sources, including relevant cases and legislation.
Standard features such as index volumes and ‘tables of contents’ at the beginning of each topic provide useful access points for researchers.
Cross-references to related topics covered in the encyclopedia direct you to issues and areas of the law that you may not have even considered.
If you are unfamiliar with a topic, or if you don’t even really know what your legal topic is, legal encyclopedias are an excellent place to begin your research.
or online via WestlawNext Canada
The print format:
• Multi-volume set, with both Western (focuses on federal law & provincial law from the 4 western provinces) & Ontario versions
• INDEX volume facilitates access to the alphabetically-arranged topics (called Titles)
• Every Title includes: Table of Contents, Table of Cases, Table of Statutes, Table of Rules & Regulations (if applicable) & subject index
• Grey-edged supplements at the front of most Titles brings research up-to-date
or online via Lexis Advance Quicklaw or Lexis Advance Quicklaw Plus
The print format:
• Bound volumes with Cumulative Supplement that provides commentary and references to case law & statutes on a full range of Canadian legal topics
• Each Title (or topic) is authored by Canadian expert(s)
• Includes: Table of Contents, List of Related Titles, Table of Cases, Table of Statutes, Index, and Glossary of Definitions (which identifies words & phrases defined in legislation, relevant to the Title’s subject matter)
• Companion Guide and Consolidated Index facilitates access to all Titles covered in the main volumes
Published in 2 current series (ALR - for general & state legal issues and ALR Federal - for issues of federal law).
Not every research issue is covered by the set, and it is not really an encyclopedia, but are a very useful resource for doing U.S. research.