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ECON 321 - Economic History of Victoria BC

Resources for Economic History, with a local focus!


Encyclopedias & Dictionaries

Where is my Article?

The database will tell you everything you need to know about an article (the full citation, and additional information). 

  • Often, the entire article is included in the database. Use PDF links or HTML links.
  • Sometimes you have to follow links from the database to the online article, often via our library catalogue.  Use "Download PDF" links! 
  • Sometimes, the article is only available in print, and you have to use the Library Catalogue to find out where the journal that holds the article is in the library. In this case, the "Download PDF" link will be replaced with information including the library, collection, and call number for the journal. Use the "Locate" button in the long record to determine which floor, and where on that floor, to visit to find the journal.
  • Sometimes, you'll need to request the article via Interlibrary Loan.  Do this in the 'Get This' screen, or via the ILL request form.  

Search the library catalogue

Use this search box to look for books held by UVic Libraries, or go to the Books & Media Catalogue for more search tools and options. 

Search for physical items including books and media.

Important subject headings for your topic are: 

  • Victoria (B.C.) History
  • Oak Bay (B.C.) History
  • Saanich (B.C.) History
  • Tourism British Columbia Vancouver Island
  • Tourism British Columbia Victoria
  • Historic Buildings British Columbia Victoria 
  • Victoria (B.C.) Buildings, Structures, etc. History

Cut and paste these into a keyword search, or use the Subject Keyword search for greater accuracy. 

Books specifically about Victoria, BC will be found at FC 3801 - FC 3850, and books about Victoria will be within that range, at FC 3846.    There may be Victoria information in other places, but if the book is mainly about Victoria, it'll be there. Use the same call numbers in the main library (McPherson 3rd Floor mezzanine) and UVic's Special Collections (lower level, McPherson Library). 

Find scholarly articles

Below is a list of databases that index scholarly articles from history or heritage publications.   Many of these articles will be available online directly, or follow the "get this" links to find them.  Don't limit to full text when searching, though, as that will only show you full text provided by each single database, not the entirety of what's available at UVic Libraries! 

Canadian Institute for MicroReproduction/

Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproduction (CIHM)    A vast collection of Canadiana from earliest times to the 1930s, collected and reproduced on microfilm by Library and Archives Canada.   Find these titles in the Main Library catalogue.  Less than 10% are also available to view online via the catalogue or Early Canadiana Online database. Includes:  letters, diaries, books of all types, manuscripts, speeches, newspapers, magazines, broadsides, pamphlets, posters, maps, and much, much more from all parts of Canada.

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