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POLI 366 Canadian Political Economy

THIS GUIDE IS A STARTING POINT to help you with your library research in the area of Canadian political economy. Always refer to your professor's course requirements and remarks on questions of research.

Research Strategies for Canadian Political Economy

"Political economy analysis is interdisciplinary, bridging such organized disciplines as history, economics,  geography, philosophy, anthropology, literature, communications, psychology, political science, and sociology".  There are twelve subfields of Canadian political economy: growth, resources, industrialization, labour, gender, international issues, regionalism, Quebec, the state, law, race/ethnicity, and culture and communication.   

Source: The New Canadian Political Economy, edited by Wallace Clement and Glen Williams,  (Montreal, QC, CAN: McGill-Queen's University Press, 1989), p.21-22

The interdisciplinarity of political economy research requires and the number of subfields require the use of a wide variety of library resources, most often library catalogues and databases.

  • Library catalogues locate scholarly books and ebooks in all disciplines.
  • Library databases locate scholarly books and scholarly journal articles in all disciplines.  
    • Databases are listed under the tabs above, e.g. Find Articles and Find Books and Government Documents.
    • The databases may be specialized databases, i.e. the Alternative Press Index, or an overarching search database like Library Search
    • The core Canadian political economy journals should be consulted, these are listed under Find Articles
  • Further sources to consider:
    • Government documents (including reports, budgets, estimates, performance reports, departmental/ministerial reports, legislation, studies, and commissions).
    • Reports from independent policy research institutes, Think Tanks.
    • Statistics.
    • Current events and media reports from newspapers, television, radio, government websites, and social media sites (YouTube, Twitter, Facebook).
  • Google and Google Scholar are not comprehensive and cannot be scholars' sole resources for academic research.  

Best Bets for researching political economy topics

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