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Canadian Law & Legislation: Start

This library guide will provide you with information to complete your Canadian criminal law research.


The purpose of this guide is to gather useful information, tutorials, videos and links to help you with your Canadian Law and Legislation research.

Navigate through the tabs above while you work through your project.

This guide identifies selected, quality resources that can be accessed by Okanagan College students. You might need to log in using your OC student number and last name.

About Legal Research

  • Secondary research is used to define and understand the issues. Background sources, such as legal dictionaries and encyclopedias, provide an overview of an area of law. Articles in journals, newsletters, newspapers, textbooks, and digests give more in-depth perspectives related to your topic. 
  • Don't forget to cite your sources.

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Criminal Law

"Criminal law, in its widest sense, includes substantive criminal law, the operation of penal institutions, criminal procedure and evidence, and police investigations ... More precisely, the term refers to substantive criminal law - a body of law that prohibits certain kinds of conduct and imposes sanctions for unlawful behaviour."

Criminal law (n.d.). In The Canadian encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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