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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. Encyclopedic articles in English and French on events, people, places and things related to Canada. Features interactive collections, exhibits, timelines and pedagogic content for teachers such as quizzes and study guides. This encyclopedia is published by the non-profit Historica Canada, renowned for their television Heritage Minutes.
  2. Lengthy biographies in English and French of important deceased Canadians.
  3. Access to Canadian health and public policy documents, and Canadian e-books.

Other Resources

  1. Historical access to the Canada Gazette.
  2. Canadian & United States history
  3. Search over 24 million full records from 1,300 Canadian libraries
  4. Details on Canadian organizations and international groups including industry, commercial and professional associations, registered charities, and special interest organizations.
  5. Arctic and other cold regions.
  6. A bibliographic index to articles, books, reviews, periodicals, and other references dealing with Comparative Canadian Literature
  7. A statistical picture of the BC economy on a national accounts basis.
  8. A finding tool for documents and facts related to the history of Canada's Pacific Province
  9. Primary source. Bio-bibliographical information on more than 470 women who lived in Canada or wrote about Canada, and authored an English-language material published before 1940.
  10. Provides references to articles about Canadian publishing that were issued between 1935 and 1985.
  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. All aspects of musical activity in Canada
  13. This database offers access to the full text of over 350 Canadian newspapers from Canada's leading publishers.
  14. Primary source. Fulltext database of 19,000 poetic works by 179 Canadian writers, as well as author biographies.
  15. Canadian Points of View Reference Centre™ is a full-text database designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue.
  16. Archival collections of publisher's records for Canada.
  17. Canadian government publications.
  18. Time series of Canadian data from CHASS
  19. Canada's reference and current events - scholarly journal articles, trade publications, dissertations, books, newspapers and magazines.
  20. The Census Program provides a statistical portrait of the country every five years.
  21. The Canadian Financial Markets Research Centre (CFMRC) Summary Information Database. Daily and monthly Toronto Stock Exchange trading information.
  22. Index to all aspects of Geomorphology in Canada
  23. Survey of consumers, media and publications in Canada. Start with the Vividata Target Snapshot database (available remotely for SFU researchers) first as it may provide faster answers.
    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.
  24. Financial data on on over 1000 Canadian companies.
  25. List of available BC government publications.
  26. A custom set of 5 tables from the NHS (National Health Survey).
  27. Has not been updated since Aug 2004, but it is useful as an index to journals of Canadian native content for previous years.
  28. This online collection brings together documents from 16 archives and libraries from around the world and the geographical spread of material allows scholars to take either a comparative approach or focus on a particular region.
  29. Publications of the Geological Survey of Canada and other geology and earth science publications.
  30. The Ipsos Canadian Public Affairs Dataverse is a repository of over 60 Ipsos Canada surveys that shed light on Canadian culture, politics, and society.
  31. KnowBC was launched in 2001 as the online edition of Harbour Publishing’s Encyclopedia of British Columbia (EBC).
  32. A comprehensive portal for understanding the Komagata Maru incident of 1914 and its impact today through a variety of materials including government documents, books, journal articles, oral histories, private archives, artistic endeavours, and interviews.
  33. Catalogue of the Legislative Library and BC Newspaper and Periodicals Indexes.
  34. is an online platform that allows users to access an enriched and fully searchable version of the Debates of the House of Commons of Canada (Hansard).
  35. Descriptions of archival materials located in the British Columbia Archives and other BC archives.
  36. Online access to unique primary source diaries, correspondence, photographs, oral histories and journals narrate the vivid realities of ocean travel and life in adopted homelands. Organisational correspondence, government proceedings, shipping company papers and records of advocacy groups provide key context to migrants’ everyday struggles.
  37. National Observer focuses on news and in-depth reports on under-covered Canadian stories in the area of climate, energy, and related culture, business and politics.
  38. Watch hundreds of NFB films online, including documentaries, animation and alternative dramas.

    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.

  39. Canadian census data.
    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.
  40. Access to Quill & Quire's online news service for book trade professionals in Canada.
  41. Covers the literature of all subjects relating to the Arctic and Antarctic published in a wide range of languages.
  42. Online access to data and reports from Statistics Canada.
  43. Guides to Statistics Canada publications and data.
  44. Access to online looseleaf titles published by Thomson Reuters Carswell
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