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Political Science Research Guide: Legal Resources

Provides and introduction to key resources used when looking for research materials in the field of Political Science

Legal Databases

A great resource for Legal Information is the Lexis Nexis Database

Not only does it index Journal Articles, it also has Treaties, Legal Cases, Statutes, Rulings, and Regulations - as well as a wide range of other legal resources.  Make it your first choice when doing legal research.

NOTE: To access Canadian Case Law, or Canadian Legal Journals from this database, you must first select International Legal - then Canadian Cases OR Canadian Law Journals.  

To access Canadian Laws, select International Legal - Canadian Legislation.

To access International Treaties select Sources - Browse Sources - and select Treaties and International Agreements.


Courts and Court Rulings



United States

  • Supreme Court of the United States
    Web site for the Supreme Court of the United States with links to some of their recent opinions.
  • Federal Judicial Branch    
    Official web portal from the U. S. Government providing access to general information and legal resources concerning the US Supreme Court, US Circuit Courts, US District Courts, and US Bankruptcy Courts.

International Courts

General Legal Information (Including Laws, Justice, Legal Cases, etc.)


            Federal site that allows you to search and browse both Statutes and Regulations.

    CanLII is a non-profit organization managed by the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. CanLII's goal is to make Canadian law accessible for free on the Internet and it does an excellent job of arranging legal information (including Laws/Statutes, Courts, Regulations, etc, by Federal and Provincial Jurisdictions.
  • LegalTree.Ca
    A resource for lawyers, by lawyers. This site has research links and articles, legislation, directories, etc.
  • Access to Justice Network
    Links and full text documents on a variety of Canadian legal topics.

  • Legislative Materials by Jurisdiction
    Provides access to Bills, Amendments, Legislation, Regulations for both Federal and Provincial Governments.


International Law and Legal Information



Legal Articles

For journal articles dealing with the Law, consult Law Databases.


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