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Wikis, blogs and newsletters

Wikis

A wiki is a website that is created collaboratively using software that allows individuals to add and edit content. One of the best known research sites created this way is Wikipedia. Just as when evaluating the content on web sites, care must be taken when relying on content published in a wiki.

A collection of free case summaries and commentaries is being developed on CanLII Connects, with links to cases on CanLII. Contributors must be registered with and approved by CanLII.

Legal Tree is a Canadian website using wiki technology to collect and publish Canadian legal information. JD Supra is another example of a legal site, with contributions from lawyers including pleadings and other documents. It is primarily American, but has some Canadian content.

Blogs

Blogs are websites containing a series of postings. Blogs focusing on a legal subject area are useful for keeping current on specialized topics. You can subscribe to an RSS feed so that you will be notified of new postings.

A good search engine for the general universe of blogs is Technorati. To restrict your search to legal blogs, use BlawgSearch. In addition to being searchable, BlawgSearch has a directory with categories. Several Canadian legal blogs are listed under the category for Canada. Canadian legal blogs are also listed on the Canadian Law Blogs List.

Law firm newsletters

Newsletters published by law firms can provide useful commentary on recent cases. The Canadian Law Firm Websites, Blogs & Journals allows you to search within the websites of several leading Canadian law firms. A broader range of firms is searched by Fee Fie Foe Firm Canada. That site links to similar services for law firms from other jurisdictions.