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Canadian Studies 101

Search tools

Library Search

The best search tool for finding library materials is Library Search, which is the main SEARCH box on the Libraries' homepage.  It searches most of the Libraries' collection, all at once.  It is great for finding any topic to do with Canada.

Library Search works a lot like Google or other search engines in that you don't need to know any fancy search strategies.  Simply begin by typing in a few words that describe what you're looking for.  If you're not happy with your search results, try changing your search words, or try some of the search filters. 

screenshot of library search interface

If you are unable to visit the library, you can focus on accessing ONLINE materials, that can be accessed through your computer.  Look for items that say "download PDF".

image of a search result

Other research databases

The library also has other databases that contain Canadian content.  You can explore them, as well as their descriptions, here.

Canadian Encyclopedia: Good for short introductions to various Canadian topics

The Canadian Encyclopedia is a good resource to explore if you're trying to pick a topic to write about.  If you are having difficultly deciding what to research, you can browse it for everything from sports, history, famous Canadians, culture, Indigenous peoples, and more!

More places to find Canadian content

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