Dictionaries and Directories

2.3 Dictionaries


There is a multitude of dictionaries available in print at the library as well as online. It’s best to verify more than one dictionary to get a better understanding of the term or phrase in question.


Daphne A. Dukelow, ed., Pocket dictionary of Canadian law (Toronto: Carswell, 2002). (REF KE 183 .D84 2002).

Daphne A. Dukelow & Betty Nuse, eds., The Dictionary of Canadian Law,.2nd ed. (Toronto: Carswell, 2004).

(REF KE 183 D83 2004)

John A. Yogis, ed., Canadian law dictionary, 4th ed. (New York: Barron’s, 1998).  (REF KE 183 Y63 1998)

Bryan A. Garner, ed., Black’s Law Dictionary, 8th ed.(St. Paul, MN: Thomson West, 2004).

(REF KF 156 .B53 2004 older editions also available). This dictionary is also available through Westlaw.


Wondering how a term was defined in court? Use texts such as Carswell’s, Words & phrases judicially defined in Canadian courts and tribunals (REF KE 173 .W67).


Hint: use the “define” feature in Google to search for definitions from various websites (type define:word or phrase). This is a convenient search to execute if you’re already online, but be sure to check the reliability of the source providing the definition!


2.4 Directories


Use for finding contact information of legal professionals, legal services (e.g. transcribers), etc.

Canadian Law List [KE 211. C3  latest edition in REF, previous copies in FTX-GEN]

Martindale-Hubbell international law directory. REF KF 190 .M36

Martindale-Hubbell law directory. REF KF 190 .M357


 2.4.1 Online Directories


Canadian Law List: http://www.canadianlawlist.com/

Lawyers.com: http://www.lawyers.com