Queen's University's guide to citing Canadian legal information.
Questions to Ask Yourself When Searching for Government Information
Which government department would deal with a question or problem like this? [Identify the likely department first and then use the "Search" function on the department's home page to locate specific topics of interest OR the Government of Canada Publications Catalogue.]
Is this an "official" government website? [There is no fool-proof way to know how "official" a website is but Canadian federal government departments do often have a standardized domain name such as ".gc.ca" in their Internet address - you can try limiting your topic/subject based web searches to these domains in order to retrieve only government websites.]
Would government sources be a good place to find statistics? [Whenever you locate useful statistics, check the citation at the bottom of the table to identify the source in order to extend your research further.]
What can I do to locate specific documents when I have found "incomplete" citations? [Be prepared for many ambiguous citations when dealing with governmental information. Sometimes the best approach is to search a related index/database by keyword for the bits of information that you do have (e.g., "Chapter A-2" or "Bulletin 1425-19") which can often lead you either directly to the specific document in question or something that will at least make a reference to the full title of the document. Often "Statistics Canada" will be the only citation given and then the challenge is to search for something like: "Statistics Canada" and "_ _" (with " _ _ " being the topic of interest) in order to locate the specific source of your information.]
General Search Strategies
If you have the title, name of the author, or government publication call number (not publication number), then search the Library Catalogue by: Keyword, Title , Author or Call Number.
If you have a subject or topic in mind, then search the Library Catalogue by using Advanced Keyword with the Location information limited to “UofL Government Docs".
Consult the specific websites listed in this guide to link directly to documents and/or search the recommended Indexes/Databases for information related to your topic.
Consult the WWW and use a search engine to search for the document title – many recent government publications (summaries or full-text) are freely available.