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Canadian Studies

Finding Articles

Articles are smaller in scope than books and can therefore focus on more particular aspects of a given topic. Since articles are faster to produce and publish, the most up-to-date research often appears in this form.

Articles in scholarly journals are peer-reviewed—that is to say, they have gone through an anonymous formal vetting and editing process—whereas articles in magazines or newspapers are accepted at the discretion of a single editor.  

Key Journal Indexes

Indexes articles published in and about Canada taken from scholarly, popular, and trade publications.
 
Indexes Canadian and international periodicals. Bilingual interface.
 
Indexes all aspects of Canadian history, culture, government, politics, current affairs, and more, from pre-historic times to the present.
 
Index to articles from many of the most widely read French-language periodicals distributed in Quebec.

Other Useful Indexes

A database of architectural information and citations to periodical articles and books about buildings in Toronto.
 
Bibliography of Native North Americans is an index to books, journal articles, essays and government publications (both US and Canadian) covering all aspects of native North American culture, history and life.
 
Canadian human rights law, decisions, links to related sites.
 
Index of articles from Canadian music periodicals.
 
Index to articles published in a number of Canadian periodicals of historical significance, including Maclean's Magazine, The Financial Post, The Monetary Times of Canada, Massey's Magazine, The Canadian Bookman, The Canadian Magazine, Saturday Night and The University Magazine. Provides a window into the social and cultural life of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
 
Consult our Multidisciplinary Databases guide for a broad list of multidisciplinary indexes and databases.

Why Use an Index?

Use an article index to find journal articles on your topic, as well as other materials related to Canadian studies.    

Some will contain the full text of journals but if the full text is not readily available, click on Get It Link Icon.

If the "Get It" link does not find anything, don't assume that the Library does not hold the item.  A search in QCAT for the title of the journal (or book) might find the title.. 

If clicking on a full text link does not take you directly to the article, you will need to navigate to get the article you want - depending on the resource provider.

Evaluate Articles

Articles are important in your research as they contain the most-up-to-date research in a given field and often focus on a particular aspect of a topic.

But not all journal articles will be useful for your essay so you will need to evaluate before you use them. 

Consult our guide, Distinguishing Scholarly from Non Scholarly Periodicals, to discover the difference

How to Search for a Journal Using QCAT

Once you’re in QCAT: 

• Select the ‘journal title exact" option
  from the dropdown menu
• Type in the name of the journal
• Press "Search". 

TIP: Search the journal title and not the
        article title.

Both print journals and ejournals will appear in your search results if we have access to them. Check the extent of our print holdlings or the years covered online.