Alberta Law Libraries subscribes to a selection of online legal research resources that support provincial, federal and international legal research. Some databases are available in selected library locations only.
Conditions of Use
Use of these online resources is governed by copyright law and by the terms of license agreements between Alberta Law Libraries and publishers. It is the responsibility of each user to ensure compliance with existing copyright legislation.
The following resources are available remotely to all registered clients, including members of the public who have registered with Alberta Law Libraries:
- Emond’s Criminal Law Series
- ICLR Online
- vLex Justis
- Westlaw Canada (14-day limited access)
Emond’s Criminal Law Series
Emond’s award-winning Criminal Law Series offers clear, concise guidance on the practical and procedural aspects of criminal law. Ideally suited for members of the criminal bar and judiciary, this collection covers discrete areas of criminal practice. Most titles are authored by both defence and Crown counsel, lending balance and comprehensiveness to the series.
We have recently updated the platform we use to access the Edmond Criminal Law Series. You will be required to first create a free VitalSource account which will allow you to take advantage of many additional features including global search, bookmarks, highlights and annotations, and printing. See this page for features of the new platform: VitalSource Bookshelf eTextBook Features
Access to Emond’s Criminal Law Series is available to clients in any of our libraries, and remotely for individuals who are registered clients with Alberta Law Libraries. Sign in using your card number (barcode) & last name.
HeinOnline provides online full-text access to over 1530 Canadian and international law reviews and legal journals, nearly 2000 legal classics titles, historical Federal and Provincial Statutes of Canada, Selden Society publications (including English Legal History Classics), the English Reports Full Reprint, the Canada Supreme Court Reports, the U.S. Federal Register, U.S. Supreme Court decisions since 1754, and notable collections of U.S. international treaties, agreements, protocols and conventions HeinOnline provides page images of the documents just as they appear in the original print, in fully-searchable PDF.
Access to HeinOnline is available to clients in any of our libraries, and remotely for individuals who are LSA members and registered clients with Alberta Law Libraries. Sign in using your card number (barcode) & last name.
ICLR Online provides electronic access to all case reports published by ICLR since 1865: the Weekly Law Reports, Law Reports (official series), Business Law Reports, Industrial Cases Reports, Public and Third Sector Reports. PDFs of the cases as published in the print reporters are available in a click. Includes Citator+.
Access to ICLR Online is available to clients in any of our libraries, and remotely for individuals who are registered clients with Alberta Law Libraries. Sign in using your card number (barcode) & last name. Our license allows for 6 concurrent users. If you are denied access, please try again a few minutes later.
Irwin Law Titles (vLex Justis)
Irwin Law Titles are available on vLex Justis. Clients are provided online, full-text access to over 300 Irwin Law titles. The Essentials of Canadian Law series published by Irwin Law is part of this subscription, covering the subject areas of Family, Criminal, and Civil law.
Access to the Irwin Law Titles is available to clients in any of our libraries, and remotely for individuals who are registered clients with Alberta Law Libraries. Sign in using your card number (barcode) & last name.
LESA is a lifelong partner of the legal profession in the pursuit of continuing legal excellence in Alberta. You can access quality continuing legal education content relevant to your area of practice via the LESA Library. This resource contains educational content designed to support Alberta-based articling students, lawyers, and their staff. The LESA Library contains digital content from LESA’s Practice Manuals, Fundamentals publications, and seminar papers.
Currently papers are available from 2010 to present.
Lexis Advance® Quicklaw®
The Fundamentals package of Lexis Advance® Quicklaw® contains a comprehensive collection of Canadian case law and legislation, along with the helpful QuickCite citator. Access to all volumes of Halsbury’s Laws of Canada across all legal subject areas is included. In addition, a collection of Forms & Precedents and a number of Quantums are also available. The pre- and post-search filters make searching for relevant results more effective and efficient.
Access to Lexis Advance® Quicklaw® is available to clients in all Alberta Law Libraries public locations.
KP Source Professional
KP Source Professional is a fully searchable database of the current text of Alberta’s statutes, regulations and Rules of Court. It also includes Alberta Gazette (1986 to present) and Orders-in-Council (1967 to present), Tables of Public and Private Statutes, the Index of Regulations, point-in-time statutes (2002 to present) and point-in-time regulations (2019 to present). As well as historical annual Alberta statutes (1906 to present) and Revised statutes (RSA 1922-1980).
Access to KP Source Professional is available to clients in any Alberta Law Libraries location.
Rangefindr.ca is a tool to find criminal sentencing ranges. Click a few tags that describe the kinds of cases you’re looking for — such as assault cases where the accused is a first offender — and rangefindr.ca tells you what sentences were imposed in those cases. One more click and you can review the judgments themselves.
Access to Rangefindr is available to clients in any of our libraries, and remotely for individuals who are registered clients with Alberta Law Libraries. Sign in using your card number (barcode) & last name.
Our Westlaw Canada database subscription includes content from eight key sources: LawSource, CriminalSource, EmploymentSource, Estates & TrustsSource, FamilySource, LabourSource, IPSource and InsolvencySource. Go behind the case law and legislation into the subtleties and intricacies to gain deeper insight into the law pertaining to your issue. Link directly from any section of the full-text Canadian legislation to detailed commentary and annotations in texts such as Criminal Pleadings & Practice in Canada, Canadian Divorce Law and Practice or the Canadian Encyclopedic Digest. Other leading textbooks featured as part of the subscription include these key titles.
Westlaw’s Topical Texts and Annotations (TTA), provides access to authoritative texts and annotations from leading experts. It is a series of collections based on specific subject areas, which are fully integrated with the Text and Annotations commentary collection on Westlaw.
Access to Westlaw Canada is available to clients in all Alberta Law Libraries public locations. Temporary remote access accounts are available to individuals who are registered members with Alberta Law Libraries. Please email LawLibrary@just.gov.ab.ca to inquire.
vLex Justis platform provides access to the largest collection of global legal information on one platform. It also provides online full-text access to over 300 Irwin Law Titles. The Essentials of Canadian Law series published by Irwin Law is part of this subscription, covering the subject areas of Family, Criminal, and Civil law.
Additional features include: graphical visualization of case law relationships and treatments, tools that help to pin-point the relevant sections of a judgment quickly, and intuitive search functionality. Access includes vLex United States Core, vLex Canada Core, Vincent, vLex United Kingdom Core, English Reports, The Times Law Reports.
Also included is Vincent – an AI tool that reads legal documents like court rulings to extract topics, cited authorities and other key indicators to create contextually-relevant knowledge graphs that can be further refined by traditional search methods.
Access to vLex Justis is available to clients in any of our libraries, and remotely for individuals who are registered clients with Alberta Law Libraries. Sign in using your card number (barcode) & last name.