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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Research & Writing

Coming Into Force of Statute Revisions
Susannah Tredwell

One of the (many) confusing things about historical legislative research is the fact that revised statutes don’t necessarily come into force in the year of their citation. For example R.S.C. 1985, which consolidates the text of the statutes in force on December 31, 1984, came into force almost four years later on December 12, 1988. Any changes made after

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Research & Writing

Is That In– or Un–?
Neil Guthrie

The question of –able or –ible a few weeks ago got me thinking of other spelling conundrums. Is a course of action inadvisable or unadvisable? Either, actually – but usage is changing and now seems to favour inadvisable. Is there a rule for determining this? …

Technology

Need American Case Law? Try Google Scholar
Ken Fox

Surprising as

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Research & Writing

Ask Yourself These Four Questions About Any Digital Collection
Ken Fox

Whenever you set out to use any electronic research source, be it a public web search or a specialized database, there are a few questions you should always ask – four to be exact. …

Practice

Last Night I Dreamed I Was at One of My Old Jobs. I Woke Up to Heaven.
Ian Hu

There

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Research & Writing

Your Queries Answered, Part 3
Neil Guthrie

From the mailbag! Baffled in British Columbia enquires, ‘I have this feeling that I shouldn’t use “hopefully” in the way that I do. Can you shed some light?’ Let there be light, Baffled. The standard meaning of hopefully is ‘in a hopeful manner’. Example: The articling student started work hopefully, confident that she would find the answer. There is . . . [more]

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Research & Writing

Finding Cases on CanLII by Name of Counsel
Susannah Tredwell (and John Sadler)

The following is based on a post made by John Sadler of Western University on the CALL listserv. CanLII does not offer a custom field that permits searching by counsel. However, there is a technique for finding cases in which a particular lawyer appeared for one of the parties. It relies on the fact

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Research & Writing

Should That Be –Able or –Ible?
Neil Guthrie

Or even –uble? Perhaps not one of the burning questions of the day, but I bet you’ve hesitated over this at least once. I did recently, when trying to Google an antiques dealer who had a well-priced early 20th-century silver snuffbox. The dealer used the form collectibles in its business name, it turned out. …

Technology

Irwin

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Research & Writing

Legal Research Video Series From Courthouse Libraries BC
Alan Kilpatrick

Are you looking to develop more effective legal research skills? Consider checking out Legal Research Essentials: Finding Cases on Point from Courthouse Libraries BC. This is a hands-on legal research course consisting of several video modules. …

Practice

Search Your Name!
Sandra Bekhor

You’ve probably done it before. And maybe there were no surprises. Nothing to . . . [more]

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Practice

More Tips on Using Microsoft Word
Law Society of Saskatchewan Library

The most popular blog post on Legal Sourcery since our launch in 2014 is Cross-referencing footnotes in Word by Reché McKeague. This post has been read 11,012 times since posted on April 29, 2014. That’s an average of almost 400 times each month. Here are a few more interesting posts on Word tips and tricks from other law . . . [more]

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Practice

The Power of a Deep Breath – Find Yours
Allison Wolf

Start right now. Place your hand on your heart. Notice your heart beat beneath the palm. Think of someone or something that brings you happiness. You can’t help but gently smile. Take a slow, deep breath. Feel your chest rise as you inhale. Feel your heart beat against the palm of your hand. …

Research & Writing

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Practice

Uncivil Conduct Can Be Cured With Civil Conduct
Ian Hu

For several years I worked in a small-ish town in a small-ish bar where everybody knew your name. Stepping into an examination for discovery was almost as familiar as stepping into Cheers. During an examination for a discovery of my client, defence counsel – a lawyer who was typically patient and good-natured – became frustrated and raised his voice.

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Research & Writing

It Could Go Either Way
Neil Guthrie

English is a very difficult language to learn – and not just for those whose mother tongue is something else. Native speakers may, in fact, have a harder time, because they may have picked up the rules (more or less accurately) by osmosis, rather than having them clearly articulated. This is complicated by English spelling, which is fluid. Before the

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Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Research & Writing

Please Tell Me You Don’t Write Letters Like This
Neil Guthrie

This is an excerpt from an actual letter received from a writer whose identity shall remain shrouded with a justly deserved veil of anonymity…

Technology

Canada Post Personal Vault
Law Society of Saskatchewan Library

Do you need safe online storage for confidential information such as passwords, birth certificate, bank accounts, medical records, passports, tax returns, wills,

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