Online Research Guides and Bibliographies

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about some of my favourite print bibliographies. Most academic law library and law society websites include some research guides or bibliographies – here are some of the ones I use the most:

Queen’s Law Library Select Bibliographies. Very comprehensive lists of Canadian materials for all of the core law school subjects. These bibliographies also lists materials from other jurisdictions.

Osgoode Hall Law Library’s Research Guides also cover many of the core subjects but tend to be more selective in their coverage which is useful to the student looking for just the key resources.

University of Ottawa Law Library’s Law Research Guides are using the very versatile LibGuides format which is popular with many academic libraries. These LibGuides move beyond the core first year curriculum and are excellent starting points for identifying key resources. See their Aboriginal Rights LibGuide for an excellent example of the potential of this format

The University of Alberta Law Library also has a good collection of Subject Guides using LibGuides.

At the University of Toronto Law Library, we are working through the process of moving our subject based research guides from behind our “student-only” site to our general site. We will be using LibGuides as well.

Outside of the academic law library world a couple of noteworthy bibliographies include the Suggested Textbooks section of Catherine Best’s Guide to Canadian Legal Research and the website’s Resources by Subject Area


  1. Thanks for the list, John!

    I suspect most Canadian law librarians are not that familiar with LibGuides, except of course those you have mentioned above. Perhaps you would write something about them once your library has experience with them? I’m curious to know, for example, if they are just used in academia, or can any type of library use them? And what does it take to put one together and maintain it?


  2. Hi John,

    Very useful listing. May I suggest for those who have an interest for Quebec jurisdiction the guide from University of Laval, it is quite comprehensive yet selective.

    It can be found at

    Nice to find you here,