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Canadian Studies Resources: A Basic Guide


Canadian Studies: A Guide to the Sources (John Blackwell, 2006)

A great place to begin!  This is an excellent detailed hyperlinked bibliographic guide/essay.  Sections cover literature, history, and politics.  It concludes with a bibliography of print and internet resources.

Canada on the Web

Meta-Search of Canadian Web sites at Rollyo

This meta-search engine allows one to search several distinguished sources of information on Canadia simultaneously.  You may want to search individually the resources that are most pertinent to your research. Covered resources are: Aboriginal Canada Portal , Arctic Circle, Canada’s Digital Collections, The Canadian Encyclopedia, Canadian Museum of Civilization, CBC Archives, CBC, Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online, Early Canadiana Online, Library and Archives Canada, Metropolis, and the Government of Canada  This aggregation of Web resources was compiled and made search through Rollyo by librarian Shelley Gullikson (her guide: the Information Literacy Coordinator at Mount Allison University Libraries, Sackville, NB, Canada.  I’ve included the URLs because you may want to visit them individually.

Canadian Information by Subject

A project of the Libraries and Archives of Canada. The objective of the National Library of Canada’s Canadian Information by Subject service is to provide links to information about Canada, arranged by subject, from Internet resources around the world.  Review the introduction before beginning

Quick Overviews

The Canadian Encyclopedia

On this site you’ll also find feature articles exploring historical and biographical themes and a selection of articles from Maclean’s Magazine.

Encyclopedia of Canada’s Peoples (Lockwood Reference Collection F1006.E66 1999)

Dictionary of Canadian Biography (for print access Lockwood Reference Collection F1005.D49)

The major British and American biographical sets may also be useful, depending on your topic.  Remember Canada’s connection with the United Kingdom means its historical figures may appear in the British course.  See: Americans National Biography and Oxford Dictionary of National Biography  Both sources list only deceased individuals.

Canadian Who’s Who (Lockwood Reference Collection F1005.C26 for 2010; older editions are in the stacks)

While you can use the superseded volumes as a historical source, the current volume is for contemporaries.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

This is a collection of topical encyclopedias and dictionaries across a wide range of subjects.  You may or may not find what you need; but you should definitely try.

Journal and Magazine Indexes

Canada’s premier news magazine is Maclean’s.  We have a backfile (1966 to date, Per. AP5.M2) and you can visit the magazine’s Web site at:

Indexes to Canadian Studies Periodicals

There are several serial indexes specifically devoted to Canadian Studies.  We hold done of them.  However this does not mean that Canadian publications are uncovered by our indexing services.  Instead, they are folded into several more general indexes.  For general concerns be sure to search Academic Search Complete and MasterFile

America: History and Life

Think of America as North America.  This is the premier index to American and Canadian history from pre-history to the present.  The term “history” is broadly construed. So for anything that has a historical dimension (regardless how slight) this index should always be searched.  Among its virtues is the indexing of both JStor and Project Muse  These two sources are popular and especially useful because they gather together only prestigious peer reviewed/scholarly journals.  Try both – don’t simply trust America: History and Life.

Political Science Topics

For public policy issues you may want to search Public Affairs Information Service (PAIS) and for “theoretical material” International Political Science Abstracts  Much of what you find in the latter will also be present in Academic Search Complete; but PAIS is special because of the diversity of documents it indexes.

Indexing Articles, Books, and Videos

Obviously, the answer to the heading is Google Google Scholar, Google Books, and Google Videos.  Use these and others as appropriate.  Do a search in Google and the sub-searches will be posted on the left or you can go directly into them:,, and


Canada’s newspaper of record is the The Globe and Mail.  We have a backile (1964-2006 with minor gaps, Silverman Multimedia AH45.G6 MicFilm) and you can visit the newspaper’s Web site at:

We do not hold an index specifically devoted to Canadian newspapers; but Canadian newspapers are well represented in our general newspaper full-text indexes: Factiva,  Newspaper Source Plus, and Campus Research: News & Law

Factiva provides access to newspapers, magazines, newsletters, and wire services as well as transcripts of television and radio programs.  To execute a Factiva search on Canadian topics (from Canadian publications) on the left select Region then North American Countries (now click on the +) then Canada.  Let the “clusters” on the left help you.  One of the lists is for sources and by clicking on the name of a specific publication you’ll retrieve only result from it.  If you select Source, (from the list where you selected Region) you can restrict your search to the publication of a specific location, in this instance, Canada.  If you persist through clicking you’ll find that a very large list of Canadian publications is included.  There’s even an option of selecting at the province level.

Newspaper Source Plus provides access to newspapers, newswires and television and radio program transcripts.  To execute a Newspaper Source Plus search you can restrict your search to GE geographic terms or SU subject terms.  This is accomplished by using the “delimiters” on the right of the query box.  This resource does not cover nearly the number of publications; but it is still a good place to search.

Campus Research provides access to newspapers, magazines, trade journals, company information, newsletters, and broadcast transcripts.  To execute a search in Campus Research: News & Law you’ll have to rely more on keywords than with Factiva.  Here you cannot restrict by geography.

Statistical and Government Information

Canadian Government (an outstanding University Libraries’ guide)

Statistics Canada

Historical Statistics of Canada

For a description of this resource visit  We have access to the online version of this resource, please consult BISON.

Legal Research

Maps and Atlases

Atlas of Canada

Western New York and Canada: A Special Relationship

All of the resources above and below will be useful; but you should begin by remembering that Buffalo is home to a Canadian Consulate General.  On their Web site and in response to a phone call, they’ll  provide you with a wealth of information.  Visit the Consulate Web site at:  You’ll also want to visit the Web site Regional Knowledge Network  It’s described at  The Buffalo News offers good coverage of our neighborly relationshp, use it at  And, of course, our Department of Geography is home to the Canada-United States Trade Center  Finally, explore the special resources of the Canada Border Services Agency and the Web site of our International Trade Administration

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