Learn to use digital research tools

Our videos are tailored for practitioners. Watch them and learn how to use subscription databases available at the Courthouse Libraries.

Let a five minute video or a PDF cheat sheet save you hours of research time!

CanLII Tips and Tricks

  • Download our custom PDFs to get the most our of your time while searching Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII).

CLE Document Builder

  • These two videos show you how easy it is to create Family Law and Wills & Estates documents using CLE's Document Builder.

Finding precedents

This four-part series shows you how to:

  • find forms and precedents and commentary using CLE Online
  • find forms and precedents using Courthouse Libraries BC's library catalogue 
  • find forms and precedents using O'Brien's Encyclopedia of Forms


  • Learn how to use HeinOnline to access journal articles from publications like the Advocate, and find old English case law 


  • Learn how to find relevant sections of an Act, proposed amendments, and point-in-time comparisons of BC Legislation.

Searching for precedents: maximizing your efficiency

  • Download our PDFs and watch the webinar that teaches users how to effective tips for searching CLE and Quicklaw Advance for precedents

International Case Law Series

  • Learn how to effectively search Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII) and New Zealand Legal Information Institute (NZLII), including searches by citation or case name.
  • Learn how to effectively search ICLR, HeinOnline and BAILII to find UK law reports dating back to 1865.

WestlawNext Canada

  • Learn to search Canadian criminal law texts available in library subscriptions to LawSource and CriminalSource