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  • Courthouse Libraries BC Now Offering WestlawNext Canada

    by Alex McNeur | Feb 13, 2015



    Courthouse Libraries BC continues to be dedicated to keeping you current with legal information. So we're very pleased to announce that we have rolled out WestlawNext Canada throughout the province.  We've offered LawSource, CriminalSource and Criminal Spectrum in our libraries for quite some time, and WestlawNext is the new platform that combines these three resources in to one powerful finding tool. This is definitely a better version - a true upgrade.  The biggest difference is the breadth of one's search. In the older version, one had to select a particular database to search. Now you can run a plain language search (or with terms and connectors) across the entire WestlawNext platform. The results are organized in a terrific overview screen that allows you to quickly identify the content you need:



    As we've said before, one of our passions is ensuring that the most number of people get access to the greatest number of legal resources in the most cost effective way possible. With WestlawNext, we can offer comprehensive case law and legislation (with a simple note-up feature), the Canadian Encyclopedic Digest, and leading texts with up-to-the-minute commentary and analysis.

    On Wednesday, March 4th we are hosting the webinar WestlawNext: New Look and Content! Join us from 12:30 to 1:30 during which Allison Bale of Thomson Reuters will help demonstrate some of what Westlaw now has to offer. Some of the features we plan to explore include using the many Texts and Annotations found in CriminalSource, ways of optimizing your search results, using Keycite alerts, and accessing pre-prepared legal memoranda.  Participants in this course may claim up to 1 hour of CPD credits. You can register for the webinar here.

    In the past, the library was not able to keep print copies of all the important criminal texts current in every location. Now, criminal practitioners will have access to the latest updates, no matter which library you use. CriminalSource now includes the texts that were once part of CriminalSpectrum, making for a pretty impressive collection:



    We've also created a short video to show you how easy it is to search leading Canadian criminal texts in CriminalSource.  Specifically, we use a particular scenario to find commentary and caselaw in Canadian Criminal Procedure by Salhany.

     


    We continue to adapt our services and collection to ensure you have the best legal information at your fingertips. With WestlawNext Canada, we're reaching more clients than ever before. 

  • Top 5 must-knows about the new CanLII

    by CLBC Administrator | Sep 19, 2013
    Have you seen CanLII's new search interface yet? 

    In April of this year, I brought you a piece on some of my favourite and unexpected ways to use CanLII.  All of this greatness is still available in the new edition and we’ve seen some enhancements.  In this post, I bring you the top five things to know about the new CanLII. 

    1) New “Sort by court level”

    In the old CanLII, results defaulted to displaying by relevance and gave you the option of resorting by “most recent” or “most cited”.  Now, you have the added option of sorting by court level.  This will push decisions from the highest courts to the top of the list.  Very handy.  




    2) New approach: start big and narrow

    The general approach with the new CanLII is a single search box which you run your terms or name through and then filter based on courts, date range, etc. If you are starting with the name of a case or an Act, the quickest route is to expand the main menu: 


    VS


    3) No more capitalized connectors!

    Those of you who formerly used Boolean connectors (and, or, not) know that you’ve always had to capitalize in CanLII.  

    No more!  If I’m being really honest, I’m still going to capitalize mine.  I think it is a convenient way of keeping track of where my connectors are for refining my search.  But the important news is you don’t have to.  

    4) Easily identify your source. 


    The new CanLII has a great display that allows you to identify and sort by whether your results are cases, legislation or commentary with a quick cheat as to how many results you will find in each.  


    5) Lots of extras under the jurisdiction

    CanLII has created a page for each jurisdiction that is laden with extras.  

    Not only do you have the ability to search anyone of these court or tribunal databases alone, it’s also a nice list of what databases are available to you.  This can be especially helpful if you need to locate tribunals or boards from other provinces. Finally, the external links give you quick access into a number of useful sites.  A quick route into the debates or the court lists are a great idea.  

    Way to go CanLII. I love you more with every passing year…






  • Five Ways to Use the New CanLII More Efficiently

    by CLBC Administrator | Sep 19, 2013
    Have you seen CanLII's new search interface yet? 

    In April of this year, I brought you a piece on some of my favourite and unexpected ways to use CanLII.  All of this greatness is still available in the new edition and we’ve seen some enhancements.  In this post, I bring you the top five things to know about the new CanLII. 

    1) New “Sort by court level”

    In the old CanLII, results defaulted to displaying by relevance and gave you the option of resorting by “most recent” or “most cited”.  Now, you have the added option of sorting by court level.  This will push decisions from the highest courts to the top of the list.  Very handy.  


    2) New approach: start big and narrow


    The general approach with the new CanLII is a single search box which you run your terms or name through and then filter based on courts, date range, etc. If you are starting with the name of a case or an Act, the quickest route is to expand the main menu: 

    VS

    3) No more capitalized connectors!

    Those of you who formerly used Boolean connectors (and, or, not) know that you’ve always had to capitalize in CanLII.  

    No more!  If I’m being really honest, I’m still going to capitalize mine.  I think it is a convenient way of keeping track of where my connectors are for refining my search.  But the important news is you don’t have to.  

    4) Easily identify your source. 


    The new CanLII has a great display that allows you to identify and sort by whether your results are cases, legislation or commentary with a quick cheat as to how many results you will find in each.  


    5) Lots of extras under the jurisdiction

    CanLII has created a page for each jurisdiction that is laden with extras.  

    Not only do you have the ability to search anyone of these court or tribunal databases alone, it’s also a nice list of what databases are available to you.  This can be especially helpful if you need to locate tribunals or boards from other provinces. Finally, the external links give you quick access into a number of useful sites.  A quick route into the debates or the court lists are a great idea.  

    Way to go CanLII. I love you more with every passing year…




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