CanLII Connects – Start Taking Your Research to the Next Level (Tip of the Week)

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By Alan Kilpatrick

CanLIIconnectsAre you using CanLII Connects for your legal research?  CanLII Connects is a phenomenal website that features high-quality legal commentary and summaries of Canadian court decisions.  It’s a continually growing source of authoritative legal commentary that is free, accessible, and open to anyone.  Currently, the site boasts summaries of thousands of Canadian decisions dating back to the 1800s.

CanLII Connects is more than just a website.  It’s a community resource.  It brings together members of the legal community and provides a space to share their analysis and opinions of court decisions.  The commentary found on CanLII Connects is created by members of the legal community.  Only qualified members of the legal community and registered users of this site are permitted to post.  This maintains quality.

From the homepage, summaries can be quickly sorted by jurisdiction, date, or author.  This makes it easy to find summaries from a particular province or contributor.  Each summary is linked directly to the full text case on CanLII.  Conversely, cases on CanLII are linked to any summaries available on CanLII Connects.

CanLII Connects has made big waves and received some prestigious awards including the Canadian lawyer Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award and the Canadian Law Blog Award.

The Law Society of Saskatchewan Library has been a major supporter of CanLII Connects since it was launched in April 2014.  To date, the Law Society Library has submitted almost 25,000 summaries of Saskatchewan court decisions to CanLII Connects.  This represents our entire collection of case digests.  As you may know, the Law Society Library employs a number of contract digesters to summarize and digest Saskatchewan court decisions.  These digests appear in Case Mail, our popular semi-monthly newsletter, and in the Saskatchewan Cases database.

We have been proud to support CanLII Connects.  It is an impressive endeavour that signifies major changes to the world of legal information and publishing.

4 thoughts on “CanLII Connects – Start Taking Your Research to the Next Level (Tip of the Week)

    Lisa Marr said:
    January 27, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Does anyone know if there’s a way to get e-mail alerts for search terms/subjects? That’s a function that lawyers love to use. Thanks! – Lisa

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      Alan Kilpatrick said:
      January 27, 2016 at 1:19 pm

      Hi Lisa,

      Thanks for the question. I will contact CanLII Connects and find out if it is possible to set up email alerts.

      Alan

      Kind Regards,

      Alan Kilpatrick
      Reference Librarian
      Law Society of Saskatchewan Library
      2425 Victoria Avenue, 2nd Floor
      Regina, SK S4P 4W6
      (306) 569-8020

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      Alan Kilpatrick said:
      January 27, 2016 at 2:15 pm

      Hi Lisa,

      I checked with CanLII Connects about email alerts. Unfortunately, CanLII Connects does not have this functionality.

      Please let me know if you have any more questions.

      Kind Regards,

      Alan

      Alan Kilpatrick
      Reference Librarian
      Law Society of Saskatchewan Library
      2425 Victoria Avenue, 2nd Floor
      Regina, SK S4P 4W6
      (306) 569-8020

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        Lisa Marr said:
        January 27, 2016 at 2:38 pm

        Thank you, Alan! I appreciate you taking the time to ask them for me.

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