Tips from the Editor – Double Space After a Period: Who Knew Nothing Could Be So Contentious!

Posted on Updated on

By Kelly Laycock

space1a“If you type two spaces after a period, you’re doing it wrong.”1

This may seem inflammatory to some, and for some strange reason, this issue brings out the worst in people. Forget Liberal or Conservative, are you a Single-Spacer or a Double-Spacer?

Now, I happen to be an adamant Single-Spacer, and I’m always amazed at how many people continue to use the double-space (or em-space) after every period. It seems like an awfully inefficient use of time and energy in our “Time is Money” world, not to mention a waste of space! But I don’t dare mention it to my authors and contributors, because I might be setting myself up for a full-blown attack: “That’s what I was taught, so it must be right” or “It just looks better with two spaces.” And we all know that you can’t argue with belief.     Read the rest of this entry »

Cross-referencing footnotes in Word

Posted on

Feature Blogger: Reché McKeague

footnotes2aMost of our research usually ends up in a written document. As good researchers and writers, we always indicate the source of our research. (Right? Right.) As a result, knowing how to efficiently footnote our research can be as helpful as knowing where to go to find the research in the first place. So, I present to you: cross-referencing footnotes in Word.

I most commonly cross-reference a footnote when, in a later footnote, I refer to an earlier footnote by supra. The benefit of inserting a cross-reference, rather than just typing in the earlier footnote number, is that inserting a cross-reference creates a hyperlink within the document. So, if you add or delete footnotes before or between the earlier footnote and the supra, rather than having to go through and manually change all the “supra note #,” with the click of a button Word will update all the footnote numbers for you. Depending on the length of your document, this can save you hours of mind-numbing work. Read the rest of this entry »

The Brass Tacks of Librarianship

Posted on Updated on

By Alan Kilpatrick

Last week, Slaw posted an engaging article, Australian Study Highlights Big Bang for the Buck of Law Libraries, by Michel-Adrien Sheppard.  Michel-Adrian Sheppard is a law librarian in Ottawa and a frequent contributor to Slaw.

The Slaw article highlights a recent Australian study, Putting a Value on Priceless – An Independent Assessment of the Return on Investment of Special Libraries in Australia, promoting the value of law libraries.   As an information professional, I am confident libraries can continue to support, compliment, and add value to the legal profession.

The independent study, commissioned by a variety of Australian library associations, discusses the return on investment of special libraries.  Special libraries include law, health, corporate, and government libraries.  “The indicative result from this work is that special libraries have been found to return $5.43 for every $1 invested — and that’s a conservative estimate of their real contribution.”  The study indicates that the knowledge and expertise of a professional librarian “is essential to achieving the $5.43 for every dollar return on investment”.

The incredible return on investment made me think about how information professionals can continue to demonstrate value.  The American Association of Law Libraries explains,

Law Librarians are resource evaluators, access facilitators, expert researchers, teachers, and trainers. Law librarians possess the knowledge and skills to realize the full value of information in a changing work environment. Law librarians can bring value to organizations by reducing research time and information costs, thus saving money and resources.

On Firmer Ground is a collaborative blog created by law librarians, the Special Library Association, and the Canadian Association of Law Librarians.  The blog promotes the worth of law firm librarians and discusses the challenges they face.   On Firmer Ground’s belief is that,

In an era of information overload, law librarians possess the expertise to find those golden nuggets of information that allow law firm leaders to make actionable decisions that benefit firms and clients alike.         

When you come down to the brass tacks, librarians are a valuable commodity.  Bonnie Swoger, a science and technology librarian, firmly explains why librarians need bigger egos,

Because librarians are smart.  Damned smart.  They are talented, knowledgable, hardworking and willing to go out their way to help others out.  If you want to find something out or get something done you should definitely ask a librarian.   

What is your opinion on the value of librarians and law libraries?  Do you agree with the study?  Please post your comments!  If you have any legal research questions, please feel free to contact the Law Society of Saskatchewan Library at or 306-569-8020.

New Ebooks Added to Collection

Posted on

By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

Earlier this year, we offered our members a one-month free trial of several ebook publications from the Working With the Law series by Emond Montgomery. Due to positive feedback, we have acquired the complete series of over 30 titles and it is now available in the Members’ Section. There are titles from several areas of the law including:

  • Criminal Law for Legal Professionals
  • Family Law: Practice and Procedure
  • Wills and Estates
  • Civil Litigation
  • Fundamentals of Contract Law

If you have any suggestions for other resources the library should acquire, please contact Melanie Hodges Neufeld at

Book Review – Reconciling Sovereignties: Aboriginal Nations and Canada

Posted on

By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

Reconciling SovereigntiesAboriginal Nations and Canada
By Felix Hoehn
Saskatoon: Native Law Centre University of Saskatchewan, 2012
286 pp


Anyone interested in Aboriginal Law should check out Reconciling Sovereignties by Felix Hoehn. Felix Hoehn is an Assistant Professor at the College of Law and the book is the winner of “Scholarly Writing” at the 2013 Saskatchewan Book Awards. The following description is from the Native Law Centre website:

 Reconciling pre-existing Aboriginal sovereignty with de facto Crown sovereignty will not threaten the territory of Canada, nor will it result in a legal vacuum. Rather, it will facilitate the self-determination of Aboriginal peoples within Canada and strengthen Canada’s claim to territorial integrity in the eyes of international law.

In Reconciling Sovereignties, Felix Hoehn presents a persuasive case that the once unquestioned and uncritical acceptance of the Crown’s assertion of sovereignty over Aboriginal peoples and their territories is now being replaced by an emerging paradigm that recognizes the equality of Aboriginal and settler peoples and requires these peoples to negotiate how they will share sovereignty in Canada.

Hoehn concludes that the Supreme Court of Canada has taken us to the threshold of a new paradigm for Aboriginal law that

(a) rejects the doctrines of discovery and terra nullius,
(b) accepts that Aboriginal sovereignty continues, and
(c) holds that only treaties can elevate the Crown from de facto sovereignty to a de jure sovereignty that is shared with Aboriginal peoples. The sovereignty paradigm will provide needed answers to the pressing moral and practical crises that plague the old paradigm, and it holds the greatest promise for reconciliation.

Please stop by the Law Society of Saskatchewan Library to check out this valuable legal resource. Call Number: KF 8210 .H69 2012.

In the Legal Sourcery book review, new, thought-provoking, and notable library resources are reviewed. If you would like to read any of the resources reviewed, please contact our library at or (306) 569-8020. Let us know if there is a book you would like reviewed. 

CanLII Connects – Linking to Case Summaries

Posted on Updated on

By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

As we reported on April 4th, CanLII Connects is a new website that offers legal commentary/summaries on Canadian court decisions. Included is the entire Law Society of Saskatchewan case digest collection. Beginning April 22, you will now be able to link from a particular case on the CanLII site to the commentary on the CanLII Connects site. When you are viewing a particular case, the headnote will indicate whether there is commentary available. Please see the following example and note the link to CanLII Connects in the headnote:canliiconnectsfilter

Doust v. Schatz, 2002 SKCA 34
Please also note that if you would like to explore just the summaries provided by the Law Society of Saskatchewan, you can do so by filtering the results by publisher. The filter option is available on the right hand side of the CanLII Connects page. Click on the drop down and start typing in Law. The Law Society of Saskatchewan will be given as one of the options.