Author Archives: Susannah Tredwell

Use an RSS Feed to Track the Progress of Federal Legislation

In a previous tip, I referred very briefly to the fact that the Canadian federal government and some provinces offer RSS feeds that can be used to track the …

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An Easy Way to Find Out About Foreign Legislation

If you’ve been asked to find foreign materials in a jurisdiction you know little or nothing about, GlobaLex (https://www.nyulawglobal.org/globalex/index.html) provides a number of country-specific resources covering Afghanistan to …

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Have a Copy of the Bill to Refer to When Searching Hansard

Hansard is a very useful tool when trying to determine the intent of an act. Researchers often look at a specific section of an act and what it was intended …

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How to Find a UK Royal Proclamation

This tip is based on questions posed on the CALL listserv; thanks to John Sadler and Linda Keddy.

According to “How to look for records of … Privy Council

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Sanitizing Library Books

As libraries reopen, one concern is how to deal with books that have been returned by patrons. The Australian Library and Information Association is recommending the following:

“For paper-based products, …

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Providing Library Services From Home

Many people have spent the last three months working from home. While most librarians had experience providing services to clients who were working remotely, it was a different situation when …

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Finding Government of Canada Publications

One of the challenges of the last few months has been accessing materials that my library does not own. With the majority of libraries being closed, we have not been …

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Know the Difference Between Consolidated Acts and Annual Acts

One question that comes up on a regular basis is “why can’t I find a copy of this act on CanLII?” 

One possibility is that the act is an annual …

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Finding Historical Federal Committee Information

LegisInfo provides committee information (e.g. the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology) back to the 35th Parliament, 1st Session (1994). 

However if you need to research parliamentary committees prior …

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Use Sessional Clippings Books for BC Legislative Research

British Columbia’s Hansard (the transcripts of the Legislative Assembly) was not published until 1970, making researching the intent behind a piece of pre-1970 legislation challenging.

Happily for researchers, the BC …

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