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Canadian History Research Guide: Home


The library has lots of resources for people doing research in Canadian History.   This guide will point out the ones that I think will be most useful in helping you do research.

If you have any ideas about how to make this guide better, please get in contact with me (my contact information is just to the right).

Introduction to Research Tools in Canadian History

A good place to start your research is by getting a general overview of your topic. You can do so by using an Encyclopedia or Dictionary. Once you have a grasp of the subject  you can then look for either Primary or Secondary materials.

A primary source is a "document, recording, or other source of information that was created at roughly the time being studied [and is created by]  an authoritative source, usually one with direct personal knowledge of the events being described" (see Wikipedia). These include things such as diaries, treaties, letters, newspaper articles, etc.  Some of these documents can be found through the library's Primary Resource Collections. Others can be found through the S.J. McKee Archives.

A secondary source is a "document or recording that relates or discusses information originally presented elsewhere." (see Wikipedia) These typically include Books, Journal Articles, Theses, Reports, or any document where individuals have taken primary sources and constructed an argument around what they think occurred in the past. These are also the resources that your professor will want you to use unless you are in an upper level history class. Books, Reports and Theses can be found by searching the Library Catalog. Newer Canadian Theses can also be found at the Theses Canada Portal. Journal Articles can be found by searching Library Databases. Some of the most highly used tools are listed below:


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