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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. Search over 24 million full records from 1,300 Canadian libraries
  2. Arctic and other cold regions.
  3. A bibliographic index to articles, books, reviews, periodicals, and other references dealing with Comparative Canadian Literature
  4. Descriptions of archival materials located in the British Columbia Archives and other BC archives.
  5. A statistical picture of the BC economy on a national accounts basis.
  6. List of available BC government publications.
  7. A finding tool for documents and facts related to the history of Canada's Pacific Province
  8. Provides references to articles about Canadian publishing that were issued between 1935 and 1985.
  9. Web version of the Year 2000 edition of the Canadian Encyclopedia.
  10. All aspects of musical activity in Canada
  11. Primary source. Fulltext database of 19,000 poetic works by 179 Canadian writers, as well as author biographies.
  12. Archival collections of publisher's records for Canada.
  13. The Canadian Financial Markets Research Centre (CFMRC) Summary Information Database. Daily and monthly Toronto Stock Exchange trading information.
  14. Time series of Canadian data from CHASS
  15. Index to all aspects of Geomorphology in Canada
  16. Financial data on on over 1000 Canadian companies.
  17. Canadians deceased through 1920.
  18. KnowBC was launched in 2001 as the online edition of Harbour Publishing’s Encyclopedia of British Columbia (EBC).
  19. Has not been updated since Aug 2004, but it is useful as an index to journals of Canadian native content for previous years.
  20. Publications of the Geological Survey of Canada and other geology and earth science publications.
  21. Catalogue of the Legislative Library and BC Newspaper and Periodicals Indexes.
  22. 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.
  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. Covers the literature of all subjects relating to the Arctic and Antarctic published in a wide range of languages.

Other Resources

  1. Historical access to the Canada Gazette.
  2. Canadian & United States history
  3. Details on over 18,000 Canadian organizations and international groups including industry, commercial and professional associations, registered charities, and special interest organizations.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Access to Canadian health and public policy documents, and Canadian e-books.
  7. This database offers access to the full text of over 350 Canadian newspapers from Canada's leading publishers.
  8. 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.
  9. Canadian government publications.
  10. Canada's reference and current events - scholarly journal articles, trade publications, dissertations, books, newspapers and magazines.
  11. The Census Program provides a statistical portrait of the country every five years.
  12. A custom set of 5 tables from the NHS (National Health Survey).
  13. 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.
  14. The Ipsos Canadian Public Affairs Dataverse is a repository of over 60 Ipsos Canada surveys that shed light on Canadian culture, politics, and society.
  15. 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.
  16. 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).
  17. 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.
  18. 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.

  19. Access to Quill & Quire's online news service for book trade professionals in Canada.
  20. Online access to data and reports from Statistics Canada.
  21. Guides to Statistics Canada publications and data.
  22. Access to online looseleaf titles published by Thomson Reuters Carswell
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