The Faculty of Law regrets to announce that Nancy McCormack passed away on July 17, 2019 following a period of illness. If you would like to share your condolences, please send them to Alumni Relations Officer Dianne Butler ( to be conveyed to her family. Details of a celebration of life are pending but will be posted on the Queen’s Law website once available. 

Nancy McCormack is an Associate Professor and Law Librarian at Queen’s University, where she teaches Torts and Advanced Legal Research for JD students and Legal Research and Writing for graduate students. She has co-authored numerous books including the Annotated Federal Interpretation Act, The Practical Guide to Canadian Legal Research, Introduction to the Law and Legal System of Canada, and Updating Statutes and Regulations for all Canadian Jurisdictions. She has published widely on the subjects of legal research, Canadian legislation, statutory interpretation, and law librarianship. She is currently sole editor and compiler of the 5th edition of The Dictionary of Canadian Law (Thomson Reuters), a Herculean task at approximately 1400 pages and 31,000 entries. It is due to be published sometime in 2019.

Professor McCormack was the keynote speaker at Canada’s New Law Librarians’ Institute, and has given talks and presented her work at both professional and academic conferences in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. She currently serves as Associate Editor for the Canadian Law Library Review published by the Canadian Association of Law Libraries. She was awarded the Denis Marshall Memorial Award for Excellence in Law Librarianship in 2014 and the Michael Silverstein Prize, in 2018, for enhancing the understanding, analysis and appreciation of primary law.   


  • Legislation and statutory interpretation
  • Legal research and writing
  • Legal terminology
  • Law librarianship and workplace issues

Recent Publications


  • Nancy McCormack.  How to Understand Statutes and Regulations, 2nd ed. (Toronto: Carswell, 2017).
  • Nancy McCormack & Melanie Bueckert, Annotated Federal Interpretation Act (Toronto: Carswell, 2016).
  • Nancy McCormack, John Papadopolous & Catherine Cotter. The Practical Guide to Canadian Legal Research, 4th ed. (Toronto: Carswell, 2015); The Practical Guide to Canadian Legal Research, 3rd ed. (Toronto: Carswell, 2010).
  • Nancy McCormack & Melanie Bueckert, Introduction to the Law and Legal System of Canada (Toronto: Carswell, 2013).
  • Nancy McCormack & Catherine Cotter. Managing Burnout in the Workplace: A Guide for Information Professionals (Oxford: Chandos, 2013).
  • Nancy McCormack & Nathalie Leonard. Updating Statutes and Regulations for all Canadian Jurisdictions, 5th ed (Toronto: Carswell, 2012).


  • "When Canadian Courts Cite the Major Philosophers: Who Cites Whom in Canadian Caselaw. (2017) 42:2 Canadian Law Library Review 9-28, online:  
  • “Bills Sent by Mistake: Canada’s Bill C-479 (2014) and the Long History of Sending the Wrong Version of a Bill from One House of Parliament to the Other” (2015) 9 Journal of Parliamentary and Political Law 307-331.


  • Nancy McCormack & Melanie Bueckert, “Parliament and Legislature,” volume 40, Canadian Encyclopedic Digest (Toronto: Carswell, 2014) (336 pages).
  • “Mapp v. Ohio, 367 U.S. 495 (1961)” Privacy Rights in the Digital Age - Encyclopedia (Amenia, NY: Grey House Publishing, 2015) 343-345.