Soc/Anth 461 Sociology of Law

The following was written to help students in Fall 2015 Soc/Anth 461B, Sociology of Law

Your librarian is Melissa Belvadi. You are welcome to make an appointment to meet with her one-on-one for your topic.

Sociology Research (books and articles)

Background material - high quality dictionaries, encyclopedias, etc.

Catalogue - books to give you a basic introduction to various aspects of sociology, depending on your topic

OneSearch - finding books and journal articles by topic or specific article, including law reviews, also books, book chapters, videos, etc.

  • Search tips: see graphic at the bottom of this page
  • Sociology sources only: Under Limit To box on the left, use the Show More link to limit to Sociology (or select both Sociology and Law)
    • Narrower: use "Databases Included" at the bottom left to limit to only results from SocIndex with Full Text
  • Peer-Reviewed: Use the Peer-Reviewed checkbox under Limit To to get only scholarly articles (will eliminate all books)
  • Remove "Also search within the full text of the articles" Expander to narrow search
  • Geography - Canada - to narrow search to articles specifically about Canada
  • Check@UPEI button -  to get to full text when not available
    • Links from Check@UPEI to LexisNexis law reviews always fail - edit the HLEAD part of the search to "TITLE" instead and double-check the "source" (journal) name then re-run

Legal Research

See also the Subject Guide for Canadian Politics which includes many print and online resources about Canadian law

Catalogue - books to give you a basic introduction to various aspects of Canadian law, depending on your topic - sample search

Reference books (in the Library, behind Samuel's):

  • Black's Law Dictionary, 9th ed. 2009 - REF KF156.B53 2009 - online versions are free but much older; the latest edition is the 10th
  • Martin's Criminal Code, 2011 REF KE8804.7.M37 - Canada's federal criminal code as of the publication year, check CanLii for latest code

CANLii - full text of Canadian federal and provincial court cases - how to cite documents from CANLii, search syntax rules and tricks

LexisNexis - full text of Canadian case law, statutes, regulations, many law reviews, national and international newspapers, and more

  • LN is a database of databases called "sources". Each individual newspaper, law review journal, etc. is considered a separate "source".
  • Browse sources to find Canadian-specific ones
  • "Search by Subject or Topic" to get quickly to Canadian cases and legislation
  • LN's web page for citing references (including APA) from LN is here - it has some formatting problems, so read carefully
  • LN has its own rules for searching, including that it assumes an exact phrase so use AND between keywords - other tips here

Eureka - local and small regional newspapers including PEI's Guardian and Journal Pioneer - last 25 years in full text PDF

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