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LEGAL INFORMATION SOURCES AND SERVICES

PREREQUISITES:

MLIS and Dual MAS/MLIS: Completion of MLIS Core or permission of SLAIS Graduate Advisor

MAS: completion of MAS core and permission of the SLAIS Graduate Adviser

OBJECTIVES:

At the completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Discuss the roles and responsibilities which legal information professionals assume in various Canadian organizations
  • Describe the current trends in legal information services in Canada and elsewhere
  • Recognize the skills required to establish, operate, and manage responsibly a legal information service
  • Apply the principles for identifying, evaluating, selecting, and maintaining Canadian legal research tools, both print and electronic
  • Discuss the basic elements of the Canadian legal system
  • Describe and apply legal research and reference methods, and compare those methods to those used in general reference services

CONTENT:

  • Basic skills with legislation and cases
  • Canadian, English and American legal resources
  • Online and other legal sources
  • Legal research methods
  • Legal reference services in the legal, academic and public library
  • Practical law librarianship; running the law library