Canadian Studies

Canada - Beaver
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Article Indexes

Journal articles are not listed in QCAT. Use an index to find magazine and journal articles. Articles are important in your research as they contain the most-up-to-date research in a given field and often focus on a particular aspect of a topic. There are different types of articles: scholarly, popular or trade.

Tip: Remember to search journal title and not article title in QCAT

Key Indexes

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Publication coverage: Varies with publication
Indexes articles published in and about Canada taken from scholarly, popular, and trade publications.
Publication coverage: Indexed articles: 1977 - present ; Full-text articles: 1983 - present
Print holdings: 1920 - 1998: Check QCAT
Indexes Canadian and international periodicals. Bilingual interface.
Publication coverage: 1954 - present
Access restricted to the Queen's community (6 user limit)
Indexes all aspects of Canadian history, culture, government, politics, current affairs, and more, from pre-historic times to the present.
Publication coverage: 1980 - present
Index to articles from many of the most widely read French-language periodicals distributed in Quebec.

Other Useful Indexes

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Publication coverage: 1850s-
A database of architectural information and citations to periodical articles and books about buildings in Toronto.
Bibliography of Native North Americans is an index to books, journal articles, essays and government publications (both US and Canadian) covering all aspects of native North American culture, history and life.
Publication coverage: 1980 - present
Canadian human rights law, decisions, links to related sites.
Index of articles from Canadian music periodicals.
Publication coverage: 1867 - 1978
Index to articles published in a number of Canadian periodicals of historical significance, including Maclean's Magazine, The Financial Post, The Monetary Times of Canada, Massey's Magazine, The Canadian Bookman, The Canadian Magazine, Saturday Night and The University Magazine. Provides a window into the social and cultural life of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Consult our Multidisciplinary Databases guide for a broad list of multidisciplinary indexes and databases.


Queen's owns the Edith and Lorne Pierce Collection of Canadiana, which contains books on Canadian history and literature, along with books of Canadian fiction, poetry, and drama written. The collection is searchable through QCAT; it is located in the W.D. Jordan Special Collections Library (2nd floor, Douglas Library).

To find books on a topic about Canada, search QCAT Library Catalogue by author, title, subject heading, or keyword.

To find books by a particular author/person, search QCAT by author:
trudeau pierre elliott
To find books about a particular author/person, search QCAT by subject heading:
trudeau pierre elliott
To find books on a topic, use a keyword search if you do not know the correct subject heading for a topic. Think of the focus (or key) words that describe your topic.
trudeau and sovereignty
"sustainable development" and rural and canada
Select useful titles and look at the full record for subject headings.
Canada--English-French relations
Canada--Politics and government--1945-
Sustainable development--Canada
Quality of life--Canada
Canada--Rural conditions
Click on the subject heading to do a new search or use words from the subject heading to modify your keyword search.

Examples of subject headings relating to Canadian Studies:
Federal government--Canada
Canada--Foreign relations--1945--
Canada--History--20th century
Sociology, Urban--Canada
Canadian literature--Black authors
Social capital (Sociology)--Canada
Universities and colleges--Environmental aspects--Canada
Homeless youth--Canada
To find bibliographies on a topic, look for the subdivision bibliography following a subject heading.
Reference books--Canada--Bibliography
To find primary sources in the library, look for the subdivision sources following a subject heading.

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Consult specialized encyclopedias or dictionaries to get a broad overview of a subject, a concise overview of a concept, school of thought or person. To find encyclopedias or dictionaries on your topic, search QCAT using the keywords of your topic combined with "encyclopedia" or "dictionaries".

Canadian Encyclopedia
REF FC23.C36 1999 (shelved at REF AE25.G63)

Canadian Encyclopedia Timeline

Canadian Oxford Dictionary (Oxford Reference Online) 2012
REF PE3235.C36 2004

Canadian Oxford Paperback Thesaurus
REF PE3233.C35 2003t

Concise Dictionary of Canadianisms
REF PE3243.C6 1973

Etymological-traces the meaning of words over time.

Dictionary of Canadian Place Names
REF FC36 .R38 1997

Dictionary of Canadian Quotations
REF PN6081 .D528 1991t

Dictionnaire des canadianismes
REF PC3637.D815 1999t

Dictionnaire du français canadien
REF PC3643.R63 1990

Encyclopedia Canadiana
REF F5010.E5 1972

Encyclopedia of Canada's Peoples (2006)
REF FC104.E56 1999

Encyclopédie du Canada
REF FC23.C3614 2000

Gage Canadian Dictionary
REF PE3235.G3 1997


Connect to our Biographical Resources - Canada and Canadian Literature Subject Guides.

Memorable Canadians
Photo: Library and Archives Canada


Consult bibliographies to find a comprehensive list of sources on a specific topic or a selective list of key works on a topic. To find out what bibliographies the Library has, do a subject search in QCAT.

Bibliographia Canadiana
REF Z1382.T47

A detailed bibliography of books and articles under broad chronological subject divisions published prior to 1971. Includes subject index.

Bibliography of Canadian Bibliographies = Bibliographie des bibliographies canadiennes
REF Z1365 .A1 L6 1994 (Jordan Special Collections)

Bibliography of bibliographies.

Bibliography of Works on Canadian Foreign Relations
1945-1970 REF Z6465.C2P33
1971-1975 REF Z6465.C2B35 1977t
1976-1980 REF Z6465.C2B36 1982t
1981-1985 REF Z6465.C2B37 1987
1986-1990 REF Z6465.C2B38 1994t
1991-1995 REF Z6465.C2B39 1998t

Includes articles, theses, government documents and conference papers. Organized by broad subject area, with name and subject indexes.

REF Z1365.I53 1990t

Comprised of annotated entries on works dealing with Canadian history, geography, economy, politics, its people , culture, customs, religion and more...

Canadian Reference Sources: an Annotated Bibliography: General Reference Works, History, Humanities (part of Canadian Publishers Collection)
REF Z1365.B65 1996

Includes reference sources of all types, in various formats, about Canada.

Canadian Reference Sources: a Selective Guide
REF Z1365.R8 1981

5 sections: general reference works, history, humanities, science, and social sciences.

Canadian Studies: A Guide to the Sources

Bibliography of articles, journals and websites about Canada; compiled by John Blackwell and Laurie Stanley-Blackwell.

Canadian Studies: Foreign Publications and Theses
REF Z1385.M65 1992t plus Suppl.001(1996) and Suppl.002(1997)

Contains references to books, serials and theses which deal with Canada or Canadians. Produced outside Canada, primarily since 1980. Published by the International Council for Canadian Studies and organized into 12 broad subject categories.

Canadiana: The National Bibliography of Canada

Since 1950, "Canadiana lists and describes a wide variety of publications produced in Canada, or published elsewhere but of special interest or significance to Canada. These include books, periodicals, sound recordings, and more.... "

International Council for Canadian Studies: Bibliographies

Contains over 8,000 titles of books, serials and theses produced outside Canada and dealing in whole or in part with Canada, including:
  • Database of “Foreign Canadiana” compiles Canadian Studies titles published outside of Canada from 1990-
    Includes Canada: A Reader’s Guide , 2nd edition (2000) by J. André Senécal, an annotated bibliography divided in 15 thematic sections and two indices.
  • Database of “Core Canadiana” aims to provide foreign scholars with guidance in the development of Canadian Studies collections covering a variety of disciplines, currently in print, and published since 2000- .

Consult the Canadian History Bibliographies subject guide for general and regional historical bibliographies.

Directories & Associations


Canadian Directories: Who was Where?

Distance Education in Canadian Universities

Directory of Canadian Universities (Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada)
LA417.5.N2 C2t (Latest at REF DESK)

Grant Connect (Formerly Canadian Directory to Foundations and Corporations)

Industry Canada: Find Canadian Companies

Universities Telephone Directory


Association for Canadian Studies

Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada

Associations Canada
HS17.A78t (Latest at REF DESK)

International Council for Canadian Studies: Member Associations and Associate Members

National Professional Organizations

Almanacs & Yearbooks

Canada Year Book (2006-present)
Canada Year Book Historical Collection (1867-1967)
CA1 BS11 C402 (1980-current; 2002-2005 not published) (Documents)
CA1 BS11 C202 (1867-1979) (Documents)

Annual. Social and economic life of Canada and its citizens.

Canadian Almanac and Directory
F5008.1.C3 (Latest at REF DESK)

Provides a variety of information about Canadian life.

Canadian Annual Review of Politics and Public Affairs
Online: 1961-2005 (Search QCAT by title)
Print: F5003.C33 1960-2005(2012); Special Collections Library

From 1960 to 1970, was named Canadian Annual Review. Survey of the major political, economic, and social events of the year in Canada.



E-Book Collections: Canadian and more...


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Publication coverage: 16th - early 20th century
Publication coverage: 17th century - present
Publication coverage: Colonial times - present
Publication coverage: Colonial times - present
Publication coverage: Colonial - 1950
Publication coverage: Late 1800s - present


Atlas of Canada

Natural Resources Canada: "Discover Canada through National Maps and Facts"

Canada Year Book

Sound, images, tables, graphs and analytical and descriptive text used to look at Canada-—"The Land, The People, The Economy and The State".

Canada in the Making: Maps and Images

The Canadian Letters & Images Project

An "online archive of the Canadian war experience, from any war, as told through the letters and images of Canadians themselves."

Canadian Pamphlets and Broadsides

Provides access to the pre-1930 Canadian pamphlet and broadside holdings of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto.

Images Canada

"...the gateway to images of Canadian events, people, places and things!" Hosted by Library and Archives Canada.

Parliament of Canada: Photo Gallery

Virtual Museum of Canada: Image Gallery

"Showcases thousands of fascinating online images of museum artefacts, photos, paintings, and more!"

News Resources

This is a guide to Canadian news resources available at Queen's Library. Consult the main Newspapers subject guide for international news resources. To search individual major Canadian newspapers such as the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail refer to the Selected Newspapers section of the main News Resources subject guide.

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Canadian News Facts
REF Index Shelves (1967-2001 with some gaps)
Via CPI.Q (1997-2001)
A news service. Organized chronologically, provides overview of significant events in a given period of time.
AMS Electronic Resources Fund
Publication coverage: Coverage varies beginning at 1977-
Full text database of numerous Canadian newspapers.
Canadian newspapers and the Second World War.



National Archives of Canada: a cartographic heritage of Canada.

Atlas of Canada

Natural Resources Canada: "Discover Canada through National Maps and Facts"

Canada in the Making

Historical documents, images, and maps.

Canadian Archival Information Network

Archives Canada: your gateway to Canada's past.

Canadian Culture Online

Canadian Heritage. Government of Canada: government programs and services on culture, heritage and recreation.

Canadian Heritage Information Network

Digital heritage resources.

Canadian Studies Programs at Canadian Universities

CIA World Factbook - Canada

Facts about Canada-it's people, geography, history, economics, government, ...

Empire Club Addresses

Index of speeches given to the Empire Club of Canada.

Images Canada

"Picturing Canadian culture"

International Council for Canadian Studies

Library and Archives Canada

Search the collection, find Information by subject, and connect to The Portrait Gallery of Canada, Aboriginal Resources and Services, Canadian Genealogy Centre, and more....

Our Roots

Canada's local histories online. Canadian Heritage.

La Toile du Québec

Québec resource index: French-language websites organized in categories.

Virtual Museum of Canada


BUBL LINK Catalogue of Internet Resources: Canada

Canadian Studies Websites (Trent University Library)

ipl2: Canada



A theses or dissertation is an extended body of research produced by students for a higher degree such as a Masters of PhD or an extended essay undertaken as part of an undergraduate program of study.

This guide includes information about how to locate print and electronic theses or dissertations produced by students at Queen’s as well as those produced by students at other institutions, both in Canada and overseas. 


To find theses and dissertations produced at Queen's, search the following:


Open Access Repositories

Search for full text of open access dissertations and theses by searching the following sites:

United States


TIP: The Library sometimes can have a copy of a dissertation from another university--either purchased by the Library, or purchased by an individual student or faculty member and later donated to the library collection so always check QCAT.