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Canadian History

Finding Books

Queens Library uses subject headings from the Library of Congress.along with other subject terms.

The subject heading used for Black Canadians is Blacks -- Canada. Searching this term will yield better results since resources in this category will include as many relevant titles as possible regardless of the term used by the author of a particular book.

Blacks -- Canada can be further categorized according to subtopics. For example:

  • Blacks -- Canada -- History
  • Blacks -- Canada -- Literary collections
  • Blacks -- Canada -- Social conditions

If a book is about a specific province or city in Canada, then searching those terms will yield more relevant results:

  • Blacks -- Québec (Province) -- Montréal -- History
  • Blacks -- Ontario -- Toronto Region

Other subject headings used are:

Africans Canada
Black Canadian women
Black Canadians
Black people

Blacks Canada
Slave trade
Underground Railroad
Women Black Canada

It is not necessary to know all the available subject headings in order to search.

You can start with a keyword search using relevant terms.  Then, look within the records of any books that seem useful to find out what categories the book is in and then select one in order to find others on the same topic


Featured Titles

This book is a definitive historical survey that covers all aspects of the Black experience in Canada, from the introduction of slavery in 1628 to the first wave of Caribbean immigration in the 1950s and 1960s.

 Unsettling the Great White North offers a chronological, regional, and thematic compilation of some of the latest and best scholarship in the field of Black Canadian history.