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Canadian Studies

This is a selected list of indexes to articles in newspapers and journals, government publications and statistics on Canada. For more help, contact our reference desk at either the Belzberg Library or the Bennett Library or use our Ask A Librarian email reference service (

Top Resources

  1. Fact-checked and up-to-date broad overviews on Canadian history, culture, landscape, and events. Includes: Text articles, videos, images, maps, audio, timelines, and themed collections. Also contains teaching and learning resources for teachers and parents.
  2. Introductory information about indigenous and settler Canadian historical figures. Short- to medium-length narrative histories with reference lists, written by subject experts. Periods of death covered from 1000 2000 CE, but entries for deaths after 1930 may not all be online.
  3. Canadian health and public policy documents, and Canadian e-books. Includes three major components: Canadian Health Research, Canadian Public Policy documents, and fiction and non-fiction e-books from Canadian publishers.

Other Resources

  1. Digitized images (gif & pdf formats) of the Canada Gazette (a federal government newsletter) from 1841-1997. Includes: Announcements about statutes, regulations, administrative board decisions, and public notes from businesses, non-governmental organizations, and private citizens. For publications from 1998 to present, go to
  2. A custom table based on a 25% sample from the 2016 Canadian Census in Beyond 20/20 format containing aboriginal identity, age and sex excluding institutional residents of Canada, Provinces and Territories.
  3. Literature on all aspects of U.S. and Canadian history, culture and current affairs from prehistory to present. Access is limited to 6 users at a time. Users will be automatically logged out of the database after 12 minutes of inactivity.
  4. The Library and Archives Canadas online catalogue of published books, magazines, maps, music, and works for patrons with print or hearing impairments. To search the combined catalogues of public and academic libraries across Canada, use Voila ( instead. *NOTE*: AMICUS will be decommissioned after late 2018.
    (April 2018) Library and Archives Canada has launched its new union catalogue, Voilà. Use Voilà to search the combined catalogues of Canadian libraries.
  5. Details on Canadian organizations and international groups including industry, commercial and professional associations, registered charities, and special interest organizations.
  6. Citations with abstracts to the worldwide literature (grey literature and published research from 1978) on the Arctic and other cold regions. Produced by the Arctic Institute of North America. Covers a wide range of topics ranging from science to social science and history.
  7. A statistical picture of the BC economy from 1961-1999 on a national accounts basis. Information on key economic processes such as production, income, capital formation, consumption and savings are translated into a consistent system of statistics, including measures of Gross Domestic Product by industry.
  8. Search within the Vancouver Public Librarys collection for documents and facts on British Columbian history from August 1998 to present. Includes: book chapters or excerpts; articles in small and local news sources (e.g. magazines, newsletters & newspapers); uncatalogued material and pamphlets.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. The Canadian Census Analyser provides access to Canadian Census Data. It includes census tables with summary statistics for a variety of geographic levels, as well as microdata files with random samples of raw data.
  12. Detailed daily and monthly trading data for securities traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX); price and total return data for composite and sector-level TSX indices; annual risk premia for market returns compared to returns on corresponding Government securities.
  13. Access to Standards across an array of industries, as set by the Canadian General Standards Board. These standards are provided to Simon Fraser University for educational and research purposes.
  14. Bibliographical information (including: periodical title, author, volume/issue number, pages) for articles about various aspects of music in Canada, published in Canadian music journals, newsletters and magazines from the late 19th century to present. Significant articles about international artists since 1999 are also indexed.
  15. Full text access to major Canadian daily newspapers (such as the Globe and Mail, National Post, The Gazette (Montreal), and Vancouver Sun) as well as small market newspapers and weeklies published in Canada.
  16. Full texts of over 19 000 English-language poems by 177 Canadian poets from 1600 - 1900. Not included: variants, composition history, and scholarly apparatus.
  17. A database of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. Each article has an overview, point (argument), counterpoint (opposing argument), and Critical Thinking Guide.
  18. 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.
  19. Formerly called Microlog, this index covers publications of research value put out by the Canadian Government. This includes publications produced by federal, provincial, territorial & municipal governments, government agencies & departments, research institutes and government laboratories. It also contains theses and dissertations(1990 - 1998 only) from Canadian universities.
  20. Please note, as of March 14th, access to CANSIM via the Statistics Canada website is currently unavailable. We will update this record when access is restored. Collection of time series covering a wide variety of social and economic aspects of Canadian life, via Statistics Canada.
  21. Comprehensive Canadian periodical collection for reference and current events. Publications include scholarly journal articles, trade publications, dissertations, books, newspapers and magazines.
  22. Datasets collected every 5 years and a wide range of analysis, data, reference and geographical information about Canada from 1996 - present. Topics covered depend on the specific census, but may include: aboriginal peoples; age and sex; education; labour; population.
  23. Publications and presentations about the practice and application of Canadian geomorphology. Covers the fields of aeolian, applied, coastal, fluvial, glacial, hillslope, karst, periglacial, permafrost, and offshore geomorphology. Updated only through 2014.
  24. 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.
  25. Contains over 8000 e-books from Canadian publishers, including both scholarly and non-scholarly presses.
  26. Searchable list of all legislation (Acts, Regulation & Bills), and other government publications, documents, brochures, and pamphlets. FOR FULL TEXT: Use the library catalogue or the Canadian Research Index (
  27. A custom set of 5 tables from the NHS (National Health Survey).
  28. Custom tabulation covering Experienced Labour Force Population: 15 years and over in Private Households by sex, age groups, industry and occupation for Canada, Provinces and Territories, 2016.
  29. Custom tabulation covering Experienced Labour Force Population aged 15 years and over excluding institutional residents by sex, age groups, and occupation for Canada and its Provinces and Territories for 2002 and 2006.
  30. Correspondence, diaries, government papers, business records, land transactions, legal documents, speeches, books, and pamphlets documenting European settlement across the various frontiers of North America, Africa, Australia and New Zealand, between 1650 and 1920.
  31. Covers Earth Sciences, primarily mining, materials and energy from 1865 to present. Includes: Bibliographic information, abstracts, plain language summaries, and links to online articles, Geographical Survey Canada publications, National Atlas maps, topographic maps, remote sensing publications, external publications by NRCan scientists and researchers, and other information regarding NRCan programs.
  32. Datasets from over 60 surveys on Canadian culture, politics, and society, covering up to 2017.
  33. An encyclopedia of British Columbia, KnowBC contains articles on BC people, places and things. Also includes many historic and colour photographs, statistics, maps, tables, charts and diagrams. Includes access to several reference works published by Harbour Publishing related the Pacific Northwest, such as Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest, Encyclopedia of Raincoast Place Names, Tofino and Clayoquot Sound: A History, and nature field guides for the area.
  34. Resources and contextual information relating to the Komagata Maru incident of 1914. Includes diaries, images, newspaper articles, rare government documents, publications, videos, and audio recordings. Also included is an interactive timeline and passenger list, lesson plans, and bibliographies.
  35. Catalogue of BC newspapers (including The Province, The Vancouver Sun, Times-Colonist) from 1991-2007; BC periodical articles selectively indexed from major BC magazines from 1991-2010; and Canadian government documents. No full text access to newspapers, periodicals or all articles, but all BC-related government documents are available in electronic format. Once connected, choose either BC Newspapers or BC Periodicals from the tabs along the top, or stay on the main page to search the BC government documents catalogue.
  36. Complete record of the Canadian House of Commons Hansard (debate transcripts) from 1901 - present. Search within the full text, speaker names, parties and topics of the Hansard, and get links to biographical information about parliamentarians, including party, gender, constituency demographic profiles and election outcomes.
  37. Descriptions of archival materials preserved in archives and repositories across BC, with links to digitized materials where available; includes in-person access information.
  38. Letters, travel journals, diaries and oral histories, scrapbooks, government papers, hand-drawn maps, watercolours, objects, emigration pamphlets, shipping papers ,and rare printed materials on migration from Great Britain, Ireland, mainland Europe, and Asia to the New World and Australasia between 1880 and 1924.
  39. In-depth reports and opinion pieces on under-reported Canadian stories in the areas of climate change, energy, politics, the natural world, and related societal issues.
  40. A data discovery tool that provides researchers with the ability to search for survey questions and variables across hundreds of datasets held in a number of collections. NESSTAR supports basic tabulation and analysis online, and allows for the downloading of most datasets into statistical software for further analysis.
    Off-campus access is not available. Please use Nesstar WebView (Statistics Canada) for off-campus access.
  41. A data discovery tool that provides researchers with the ability to search for survey questions and variables across hundreds of datasets held in a number of collections. NESSTAR supports basic tabulation and analysis online, and allows for the downloading of most datasets into statistical software for further analysis.
  42. Films produced by the National Film Board of Canada (streaming online). Includes documentaries, animation and alternative dramas. Note: To access to CAMPUS features (e.g. learning bundles, study guides, searching by school subject), SFU users may contact to request the activation key.

    Authorized Users may access the Website and the Content outside of the premises of Subscriber’s educational institution solely for bona fide educational and research purposes, including presentations by student teachers conducted as part of a practicum.

  43. Census data from 1981-2006 for Canada, the Provinces, and all Census Subdivisions.
    Access: Available at the standalone computer at Bennett Library.
    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.
  44. 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 (
  45. Bibliographic and physical location information on research publications about the polar regions, with good representation of the Canadian North (Yukon and Northwest Territories). Diverse subjects covered ranging from science to law and history. Coverage is 1671-2015. For 2016 onward, search Cambridge Libraries Collections.
  46. Data and statistics provided by the Government of Canada, covering the population, resources, economy, society, and culture of Canada. Includes: data tables, statistical analyses and reports, survey methodologies and documentation, and census information
  47. The Government of Canada's databank of of terms in English, Spanish and French in a wide varietyof fields, such as administration, science, and informatics. Contains definitions, synonyms, acronyms and examples of usage.
  48. Online media resource with news articles and opinion pieces written by academics and researchers who are experts in their field. Covers June 2017 to present.
  49. Ebooks on Canadian laws and regulations, including the annotated Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and information on regulations related to estates, taxes, professions and liability, landlord and tenancy, telecommunications, and endangered species.
  50. Canada's national catalogue (union catalogue). Search for published materials held at Library and Archives Canada and in public and academic libraries across Canada. Includes books, magazines, newspapers, government documents, theses, sound recordings, and maps, as well as materials in electronic formats, and in braille and large print.
  51. The leading news service covering the rapidly converging Canadian telecom, broadcasting, wireless and new media sectors.
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