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Legal Research Manual

This edition of Legal Research Manual builds on many previous editions. While the manual is designed principally for use with the first year legal research classes, upper year law students will also find it a useful reference.

Finding and Updating Statutes

Although legislative materials are available in electronic format, print versions of statutes are still important. Both are considered official versions: federally, the official electronic source is from the Department of Justice. In Ontario, statutes from E-laws are official. Updating statutes using paper sources is a somewhat more involved and time consuming process than updating electronically, yet you may find yourself in a situation where you do not have access to electronic databases, or in a jurisdiction where electronic copies are not official. You might also need to find out what a section of a statute looked like at a certain point in time not covered by electronic sources. For reasons like these, it is necessary to become comfortable using print sources to find and update legislation.

For in-depth guidance on updating statutes, please see: