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The Canadian Abridgment

The Canadian Abridgment is a comprehensive Canadian legal research resource. Support for the Abridgment exists in many forms to help you make the most out of your legal research:
View the Shelving Diagram - December 2014 (PDF)

User Guides

New editions of two reference guides have been added to aid in understanding the components and research functions of The Canadian Abridgment. 

The Quick Reference Guide to the Abridgment and Related Products (PDF) provides a quick overview of the print research process. For each research task, the Quick Reference Guide describes the appropriate print product and provides a flow chart illustration of the steps involved in a complete search.

The Quick Reference Guide is also available in French.

A Short Guide to The Canadian Abridgment in Print and on WestlawNext Canada

The Short Guide to the Canadian Abridgment and Related Products is a research guide to all current components of the Canadian Abridgment. This latest edition of the Guide for the first time demonstrates how to use the components of the Abridgment both in print and online in WestlawNext® Canada.

View the Short Guide (PDF, 15MB)  

If you would like a print copy, please contact Customer Service . A French version will be available in May.

A toll-free helpline to connect users of The Canadian Abridgment connect with experienced legal researchers.

Phone: (416) 298-5140 (Toronto & international) / 1-800-463-4106 (toll free Canada & US)

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