The Library of Parliament, in collaboration with Canadiana.org, is launching its Historical Debates of the Parliament of Canada digital portal. The portal provides free public access to digital versions of the historical debates of the Parliament of Canada in both official languages. It includes all published debates of both the Senate and the House of Commons from Parliament 1, Session 1 until coverage provided on the Parliament of Canada page.
Last two or three weeks (as usual on this time of year), there was number of students looking for help on how to cite the sources for their first memo. For their benefit, I decided to reiterate my last year’s not-totally-unsolicited advice on the matter.
- Ask a librarian for a help. We will not do or check your footnotes, but we will walk you through the maze of the Red Book (no offence meant) to make sure that the next time you will be comfortable to use it by yourself. Do not be shy to come several times if you need more help, and please, please do not come 5 minutes before your paper is due – in this case, we can only commiserate with you.
- When your TL gives you a piece of paper, a pdf, or a photocopy of something, ask what this is, and from where it is coming (book, website, encyclopaedia, etc.). You will save some precious minutes (or hours) later when you are pressed for time and have to finish your work by a deadline. It is quite unpleasant to discover suddenly that the TL’s piece of paper is a book chapter, and you have no slightest idea about the book title and/ or author.
- Do not wait until the last minute to make your footnotes. If you ‘cite while you write’, you will have your paper AND your footnotes ready, except for the final proofing, when you finish writing the last paragraph. If you leave all your footnotes to be done after you finish the paper, you will end up frantically trying to figure out where this or that quotation is coming from, or what all the supra(s) and idem(s) mean. Everybody works differently, but try at least once…
- Add some common sense and reasoning to the Red Book. Do not expect it to contain a correct form of footnote for every possible source. Red Book will not necessarily have an answer to your particular question. When you have something to cite, think about what rule fits the best the type of source that you have in hand.
Read carefully the section to apply the rule, do not scan and skim the text.
- In short, to cite a source, proceed as follows:
- READ General Rules section (optional after you know it by heart)
- determine what it is that you have to cite
- find the chapter corresponding to the type of your source (Jurisprudence for cases, Secondary Sources for books and journal articles, etc.)
- find the section corresponding to the particular source that you have
- READ this section
- apply the rule to cite the source making analogies if necessary
- repeat as needed:)
Si vous avez des difficultés à utiliser AZIMUT on IE 10, jetez un coup d’œil sur ce poste, « Internet Explorer 10 et Windows 7: maux de tête en perspective », au blogue de SOQUIJ pour une solution du problème.
According to the questions that we received at the reference desk recently, there seems to be quite a confusion if a period (full stop/ dot) should be used at the end of the footnote when you are referring to a code. I contacted the editor of the Cite Guide, Alexander Max Jarvie, who kindly provided this clarification that I am sharing with you:
“The period that appears at the end of examples provided elsewhere in the Legislation section is intended as an indication of the terminal period for the entire citation. Although we have removed most periods from citation forms in the 7th edition, a citation footnote is still a sentence and as such punctuation is used in normal fashion. Hence, if the citation to a codal article is the last (or the only) source to be referenced within a particular footnote, a period would follow. To illustrate these rules in practice, I have provided examples below:
2 Art 1214 CCQ.
4 Canada Act 1982 (UK), 1982, c 11.
35 See Canada Act 1982 (UK), 1982, c 11; see also art 1214 CCQ.”
The McGill Library is holding a Book/DVD Sales on November the 26th at the McLennan Library and November the 27th at the Schulich Library! All proceeds will go to Centraide. Everything will be priced to sell at $1, $2 and $5.
Donate your used Books and DVDs to our sale for Centraide! FUN fiction, history, biography, autobiography, travel and children’s books and DVDs are accepted. Drop your donations in the grey bin at the entrance of the Law Library.
P.S.: Casebooks are not considered fun by most of the population, so please do not donate them
The Nahum Gelber Law Library is pleased to offer database training by legal publishers to the McGill Law School students. The sessions will take place in the Law Library Computer Classroom (main floor of the library) :
- CAIJ (Centre d’accès à l’information juridique)
Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 from 12h30-14h
Me Munja Maksimcev
- QuickLaw (LexiNexis)
Friday, November 1st, 2013 from 12h30-14h
Mr. Ron Jones
- Azimut-Juris.doc (SOQUIJ)
Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 from 12h30-14h
Me Véronique Abad
- Westlaw Canada (Carswell)
Friday, November 8th, 2013 from 12h30-14h
Me Michel Tremblay
Sign-up sheets are available in the Law Library Computer Classroom.
You will not see Quicklaw’s familiar “Register later” button anymore. From now on, the registration screen is automatically bypassed for the McGill campus-wide access.
Based on interviews and court trial transcripts from Monsanto Canada Inc. v. Schmeiser, 2004 SCC 34,  1 SCR 902, “Seeds” brings us into a maze of patent wars, opinionated scientists and clashes between farmers and the biotechnology industry.
When Schmeiser famously asked the question, “who owns life?” before the Supreme Court of Canada, his words galvanized the anti-GMO movement around the world.
You can see the play from October 29 to November 24, 2013.
The Law Library is happy to offer to our users an access to a newly purchased UK case law database, ICLR Online.
The Incorporated Council of Law Reporting for England and Wales was established in 1865 by members of the legal profession with the object of “preparation and publication, in a convenient form, at a moderate price, and under gratuitous professional control, of Reports of Judicial Decisions of the Superior and Appellate Courts in England and Wales” (Memorandum and Articles of Association, 1870). As well as the official Law Reports, ICLR publishes the Weekly Law Reports, the Industrial Cases Reports, the Business Law Reports, the Public and Third Sector Law Reports and the Statutes and Public and General Acts.
In October 2011, ICLR launched an online database, ICLR Online. ICLR Online is the hub of legal authorities dating back to 1865. A dedicated case law platform presents the cases in a comprehensive and readable format. The law reports are combined with the Citator+ to present all the relevant case information in one screen, making legal research easier.
ICLR online can be accessed at Subject guides / Law / Legislation and cases- foreign jurisdictions
Cet ouvrage rassemble les contributions majeures données depuis trente ans par Jacques Poumarède, le professeur émérite d’histoire du droit à l’Université de Toulouse-Capitole, un spécialiste des coutumes successorales du Sud-ouest. On trouvera dans ce volume des chapitres consacrés à l’histoire des droits familiaux et patrimoniaux tant pyrénéens que français et les réflexions sur les diverses approches d’écrire l’histoire du droit ainsi que sur les origines épistémologiques de la discipline.