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Student Guide for Legal Research


Welcome to the Great Library’s practical research guide for students*. Whether you are working as a summer, articling or LPP student, legal research is going to be a big part of your job.

Research in the practice environment may present challenges not encountered in law school – tighter time and cost constraints, unfamiliar areas of law, possibly fewer research resources at hand, higher expectations and the need to keep your research and writing tightly focused on your client’s problem.

This guide provides an overview of the research process and the best current research tools. As well, it offers tips and reliable strategies for productive and efficient legal research.


*This guide is intended primarily for Law Society of Ontario licensing candidates and summer students working at Ontario law firms. However, we believe the guidance and tips it contains will be of use to students in any Canadian jurisdiction.