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This is selected list of periodical indexes for Publishing topics. For more specific recommendations for particular Publishing courses, see the Help with course assignments section of the Publishing resources page or contact Megan Sorenson, Publishing Liaison Librarian ( / 778.782.7588 ) .

Top Resources

  1. Searchable archive of all Publishers Weekly issues from 1872 to 2016, in full colour format. Contains US publishing industry news, book reviews, and bestseller lists, as well as coverage of the British book trade.
  2. Survey data on print and digital media exposure, product usage (including brand-level information), lifestyles, and attitudes of Canadian consumers. Coverage includes a wide range of consumer product and service sectors, such as personal care, travel, apparel, finance, leisure, beverages, etc., as well as the readership of specific Canadian magazines and newspapers.
    Vividata requires your email address to allow you to export any charts, or reports; as these exports will be sent to the email address you provide.
  3. CARD Online pulls together advertising rates, circulation or audience data, and related information for every significant medium in Canada. Includes magazines, newspapers, radio and television stations, and other advertising media.
  4. Canadian book industry news, book reviews, author profiles, and job board. Does not include access to the digital edition of Quill & Quire. SFU Authorized Users may sign up to receive a twice-weekly email linking to the latest industry news by contacting Megan Sorenson, Publishing Librarian (
  5. Complete access to the Chicago writing and citation style guides.Exhaustive list of rules and examples for types of citations. Includes both 16th and 17th editions.

Other Resources

  1. Alternative, radical, and Left publications which report and analyze the practices and theories of cultural, economic, political, and social change. Includes both popular media publications and peer-reviewed journals.
  2. Details on Canadian organizations and international groups including industry, commercial and professional associations, registered charities, and special interest organizations.
  3. Contains biographical profiles and excerpts of book reviews for British Columbian authors, as well as an online archive (2004-onwards) of BC BookWorld, an independent Canadian newspaper about books.
  4. Publications and ephemera by several B.C. fine/private presses, including works by Takao Tanabe (Periwinkle Press), Jim Rimmer (Pie Tree Press & Type Foundry), Jan & Crispin Elsted (Barbarian Press), and many others.
  5. Thousands of scholarly business journals, industry magazines, company profiles, and industry & market reports. This database offers information in virtually every area of business including accounting & tax, banking, finance & insurance, construction, computer science, economics and many more.
  6. Presents biographical and publication information for more than 470 women who lived in Canada or wrote about Canada, and authored an English-language book or pamphlet of fiction or poetry that was published before 1940. It includes titles of publications and references to archival resources.
  7. Bibliographic references to articles (not the full-text articles themselves) about the publishing, production, distribution, and selling of Canadian books and magazines from 1935-1985. Entries in English and French.
  8. Descriptions of archival collections related to the history of secular English-language book publishing in Canada, including records of publishing companies, authors, editors, and organizations. Not all indexed collections are digitized and available online. Finding aids for these records are available for research use at the Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing, SFU Vancouver.
  9. Annual survey data on Canadian consumer behaviour, including readership of specific Canadian magazines and newspapers and usage of consumer products (categories, not brands) and services (e.g. financial or travel). The data can be cross-tabulated by demographic and psychographic factors. See Vividata Target Snapshot for some of the same data in a simpler, online interface.
    Access: Available at the standalone computers at Bennett and Belzberg Libraries.
    Reserve/book time: You can book or reserve time on the computer in the Bennett library on Burnaby Mountain which runs this resource by clicking here.
  10. Contains over 8000 e-books from Canadian publishers, including both scholarly and non-scholarly presses.
  11. Ebooks spanning a wide variety of disciplines from a range of academic, scholarly publishers.
  12. Search Gale Directories purchased by SFU Library: Encyclopedia of Associations, Market Share Reporter and Gale Directory of Publications and Broadcast Media.
  13. Directory of Canadian, American, and international print and broadcast media, including newspapers, magazine and journal publishers, radio and television stations, and cable companies. In addition to general contact and descriptive information, some listings include advertising, circulation, and subscription rates.
  14. Aggregates several literary databases for biographical and critical essays about the worlds most influential literary figures; literary commentary (popular and scholarly) from 1400 present; biographical information about childrens and young adult authors and illustrators; multidisciplinary encyclopedias and specialized reference sources.
  15. Printed documents, including posters, handbills, broadsides, book and journal prospectuses, topographical prints, and more, relating to entertainment, the booktrade, prints, crimes, murders and executions, and advertising. These materials document everyday life in Britain in the 18th to 20th centuries.
  16. An archival collection of scholarly journals mainly in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Subject coverage includes: African American Studies, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Botany & Ecology, Economics, Education, Finance, General Science, History, Literature, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, Population Studies, Sociology and Statistics.
  17. International news coverage, business news, legal cases and law reports from early 1970's to present. Content is strongly American with significant coverage of Canadian and international topics.
  18. Covers the fields of librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, and information management.
  19. Digital archive of records from the Stationers Company in London, which provide insight into the history of printing, publishing, copyright, and bookselling from 1554 to the 20th century.
  20. Provides definitions, etymological analysis, variant spellings, and pronunciations using IPA for words from across the English speaking world.
  21. Worlds most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world. Historic and ongoing coverage.
  22. Leased, rotating collection of technology, digital media, and business books; educational videos included as well. Both trade (eg, O'Reilly) and academic publishers (CRC, Wiley) in collection. Requires separate login.
  23. Provides international bibliographic information on periodicals - magazines, journals, newspapers, and newsletters.
  24. Covers a wide-range of history and criticism. Includes full-text access to The Comics Journal, as well as interviews, criticism, images, and journal articles that document the continual growth and evolution of this art form.
  25. Indexes core journal articles, conference proceedings, and other resources in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities, can be used for citation analysis of research. A citation index contains the references cited by the authors of the publications covered by the index. You can use these references to do a cited reference search. This type of search enables you to find works that cite a previously published work.
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