A Primer to Legislative Research Across the Provinces and Territories

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By Alan Kilpatrick

In Spring 2017, the Vancouver Association of Law Libraries (VALL) published a Canada-wide legislative research primer in their association’s quarterly publication, the VALL Review (Spring 2017, Volume 29, No. 2).

Legislative research is a major component of law librarian’s labour.  Publication of the primer is timely and apt.  It will be well used by legal information professionals.  I would like to commend VALL for its leadership in developing this excellent resource.

A Primer to Legislative Research Across the Provinces and Territories was collaboratively developed by some amazing law librarians from Canada’s provinces and territories:

British Columbia
Emily Nickerson, Research Librarian
Norton Rose Fullbright Canada LLP

Megan Siu, Community Development & Education Specialist
Centre for Public Legal Education Alberta

Alan Kilpatrick, Librarian
Law Society of Saskatchewan Library

Karen Sawatzky, Director of Legal Resources
Law Society of Manitoba

Brenda Lauritzen, Reference Librarian
County of Carleton Law Association

Prince Edward Island
Pam Borden, Library Manager
Law Society of PEI Library

Newfoundland and Labrador
Brenda Blundon, Law Librarian
Department of Justice and Public Safety

Jenny Thornhill, Law Librarian
Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador

Nova Scotia
Janet Arsenault, Librarian
Justice Canada

Natalie Wing, Law Librarian
Yukon Public Law Library

Northwest Territories
Stef Alexandru, Librarian
Lawson Lundell LLP

Alexandria Everitt, Librairan
Harris & Company LLP

Riel Gallant, Legislative Librarian
Nunavut Legislative Library

VALL has graciously allowed us to republish their primer on Legal Sourcery.


2 thoughts on “A Primer to Legislative Research Across the Provinces and Territories

    J. Petryshen said:
    June 8, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    Thanks very much for posting – this looks very useful. Is there any reason New Brunswick and Quebec were not included?


      Alan Kilpatrick said:
      June 8, 2017 at 2:32 pm

      Good afternoon,

      The VALL editors of the primer, Alexandria Everitt and Stef Alexandru, are still searching for contributors from Quebec, New Brunswick, and the Northwest Territories. Please contact vallreview@gmail.com if you have any additional questions.


      Alan Kilpatrick, BA, MLIS
      Reference Librarian
      Law Society of Saskatchewan | 2425 Victoria Avenue, 2nd Floor, Regina, SK S4P 4W6
      E: alan.kilpatrick@lawsociety.sk.ca | P: (306) 569-8020 | F: (306) 569-0155


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