Secondary sources

Recognized secondary sources


Ease your workload by drawing inspiration from the most important secondary sources. As a member, in addition to benefitting from CAIJ’s collection of secondary sources in co-working libraries or online from wherever you may be, you also have exclusive access to databases available via Mon CAIJ.

Online and remote access

Full-text legal works and articles

One of the main benefits of being a CAIJ member is having free, user-friendly access to legal information from the most sought-after collections and the best-selling, most consulted legal works. Here are the links to CAIJ’s most popular online secondary sources.

Evolving doctrine


CAIJ enriches its repertory of evolving doctrine by 60 to 100 articles per week. It includes over 4,000 articles and guides generated by more than 30 law firms and CAIJ partner associations, which cover such newsworthy topics as cryptocurrency, the impact of artificial intelligence and the legalization of cannabis. This type of text allows you to monitor the evolution of the legal practice before new laws or amendments are in force.



The Complete Collection

  • More than 18,000 e-books from Canadian publishers (university presses and others) on a variety of topics, such as law, humanities and social sciences, education, health and management.
  • Over 60,000 public documents from government agencies, advocacy groups, think tanks, university research centers and other public interest groups.

Irwin Law Collection

  • Electronic books published by Irwin Law Editions on various areas of law, such as criminal law, labor law, immigration law, environmental law, intellectual property law and banking law.




Get free of charge access from your office to the full texts of journal articles published in Quebec, Canada, the United States and several other countries, including:



La référence



This database provides access to many secondary sources collections, such as:

  • La responsabilité civile – Baudouin
  • Droit de la famille – Tétrault
  • La preuve civile – Royer
  • Le préjudice corporel – Gardner

It also allows you to access core references in human resources, including guides and templates.

  • Les mesures disciplinaires et non disciplinaires dans les rapports collectifs du travail – Bernier et al
  • Le Corre et Associés collection

If you are a member of one of the following regional bars: Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Arthabaska , Bas-Saint-Laurent–Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Bedford, Côte-Nord, Laurentides-Lanaudière, Mauricie, Richelieu, Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean or Saint-François, you benefit from free of charge exclusive remote access via the CAIJ’s website.



Get free of charge access from your office to this index of legal journals published mainly in the United States, Canada and England.





Free of charge remote access to an encyclopedia of French law with integrated links to legislation, case law and legal news reviews.

Legal texts available in co-working libraries


In Print

The CAIJ’s print collection of secondary sources represents more than 36 000 titles.  Combining the most reliable sources, CAIJ’s comprehensive in-library secondary sources collection represents:

  • Over 251,000 copies of printed works;
  • Over 1,700 periodicals covering all legal fields;
  • A collection of Quebec and federal legal works;
  • A collection in law from other Canadian provinces and in international law, specifically English, French and American.

As a member, you can have most of these works delivered to your home or office for a fee of $10 for delivery and $10 for return. Make use of the document retrieval service for a single chapter (which will be copied and sent to you in compliance with copyright guidelines) and pay only $5. 


Databases available in co-working libraries


Notarial Library



Access commentary published in the Répertoire de droit / Nouvelle série, les Cours de perfectionnement du notariat and the Revue du notariat.
The co-working libraries in Montréal, Quebec and Sherbrooke also offer access to the Répertoire de droit / Ancienne série and the Entracte bulletin.

Available in Montréal, Québec, Gatineau, Laval, Longueuil, Sherbrooke and St-Jérôme

If you need information regarding this database and you cannot easily access it, contact us!





Access the full-text of many books in municipal and public law :

  • Droit municipal : principes généraux et contentieux, Hétu
  • L’accès à l’information et la protection des renseignements personnels : loi indexée, commentée et annotée, Duplessis
  • L’accès à l’information et la protection des renseignements personnels : santé et services sociaux, Duplessis
  • Le contrôle judiciaire de l’action gouvernementale, Lemieux
  • L’environnement au Québec : commentaires et législation, Daigneault
  • Relations du travail en milieu municipal, Poirier et al.

Lexis Advance



Consult numerous secondary sources regarding Quebec, federal or provincial law, as well as commentary from other countries such as France, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and New-Zealand.

  • JurisClasseur Québec (Civil law, Labour Law, Business Law, Criminal Law and Public Law)
  • Droit de la famille québécois – Sénécal
  • La société par actions au Québec – Martel
  • JurisClasseur (France)
  • Halsbury’s Laws of Canada
  • The Law of Search and Seizure – Fontana

Recherche juridique (SOQUIJ)



Index cards, some of which are associated to a full text document, that cover all federal and Québec legal fields.


Taxnet Pro



Commentary, government documents and news on taxes, covering Quebec and the federal government.

  • APFF collection : symposiums, conferences round tables and the Revue de planification fiscale et financière




Quebec and Canadian secondary sources

LawSource, including:

  • Canadian Abridgment : Canadian Encylopedic Digest
  • Canadian Abridgment : Index to Canadian Legal Literature
  • Revue juridique Thémis
  • Ottawa Law Review

CriminalSource , including:

  • Criminal Pleadings and Practice in Canada – Ewaschuk
  • Canadian Criminal Evidence – McWilliams
  • Canadian Criminal Procedure – Salhany
  • Sentencing: The Practicioner’s Guide – Clewley

Other available resources



The microforms offered by CAIJ cover the Parliamentary Commission debates from the Quebec National Assembly from 1984 to 1991.

Rare and ancient books


CAIJ’s collection of rare and ancient books includes the most important works published between the 16th and 19th century on Roman, French, British, Canadian and Quebec law. Part of this collection is displayed in a climate-controlled environment in the Montreal CAIJ co-working library.

Non-legal works


Define the context of your cases by consulting resources complementing the field of law, in order to effectively support your clients. CAIJ gives you access to works covering the technical elements of a subject (e.g. medical or accounting dictionary), documents providing preparatory information (e.g. Guide d’évaluation hebdo : automobiles et camions légers) and books on law-related subjects (p. e.g. industrial relations, political science, administrative science, psychology, education, etc.).