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Legal Research

About Legal Encyclopedias

Legal encyclopedias are organized according to a topical classification and are useful finding aids that are a great place to start your research and help you understand the framework of law.

Encyclopedias typically do not contain analysis or critical evaluation but instead provide a clear concise statement of the law as it is derived from statute or case law.

In Canada the two main legal encyclopedias are the Canadian Encyclopedic Digest (CED), and Halsbury's Laws of Canada.

They can be searched by browsing the topics or through keyword searches.