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The difference between a scholarly book and a popular book is the intended audience. There are several indicators that a book might be scholarly, such as the inclusion of footnotes/endnotes and a bibliography, if it is published by a university press or written by an academic.
Popular articles appear in magazines and other publications aimed at the general reader. Scholarly articles appear in academic journals that put submissions through the peer-review process before they are published. Many databases will allow you to limit your results to scholarly articles only.
- America: History & Life (Ebsco)
- CPI.Q (Canadian Periodical Index)
- CBCA Complete
- Project MUSE
Theses and Dissertations
These documents are written by masters or doctoral degrees as a requirement for earning their degree.
The best way to identify relevant primary sources is by finding a good secondary source first and using its bibliography. You can also use the library catalogue in addition to the resources below.
- Globe and Mail: Canada's Heritage from 1844
- Quebec Historical Newspapers (from Bibliothèque et archives nationales du québec)
- Toronto Star: Pages of the Past, 1892-2002
- Paper of Record
- Manitoba Historical Newspapers
- Prairie Newspapers
Diaries and memoirs
These documents are first-person accounts of a person’s private or public life.
- Catalogue (add the words "diaries" or "personal narratives" when searching)
- North American Immigrant Diaries, Letters and Oral Histories
- North America Women’s Letters and Diaries