The common law in Canada has developed from a painstaking process of parsing long court decisions and extracting key principles which are then applied in the next case. For self-represented litigants, finding these principles can seem like looking for a needle in a haystack.
Wouldn't it be nice if someone had already taken the trouble to assemble the basic principles on a legal issue and summarize them for you in a few pages? Legal textbooks do just that, and they are an excellent starting point for lawyers and non-lawyers.
The problem is that legal textbooks are hard to find, especially for you live in a rural area. Because law textbooks are so specialized, they are rarely found in public libraries and bookstores. They are also extremely expensive when they are offered for sale, often costing hundreds of dollars per book (just ask any disgruntled law student in her first week of classes).
However, thanks to Google, the legal textbook you need may be available for free online...