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Canadian politics

Liaison librarian

  • Deena [dot] Yanofsky [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email) 514-398-1087

  • McGill users only
  • Open access resource
  • Free resource
  • In-library-use only
  • Catalogue record

1. Sources for Background Information

1.1 Almanacs and Directories

  • Canadian Almanac & Directory Database of the following directories: Associations Canada, Canadian Almanac & Directory, Canadian Environmental Directory, Canadian Parliamentary Guide, Directory of Libraries in Canada, Financial Services in Canada, and Governments Canada.
  • Scott's Government Index
    Guide to Canada's Federal, Provincial and Territorial Governments

1.2 Biographies

1.3 Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

1.4 Yearbooks

2. Searching the Library Catalogue

Use the basic word(s) anywhere or advanced keyword search in the library catalogue. You can search using words like - Canada, Canad?, histor?, etc.

Search tips

Truncation symbol: ? e.g. histor? will retrieve catalogue records containing the words history, histories, historical, etc.
Phrase searching: "___" e.g. "United Nations" will retrieve catalogue records containing the phrase United Nations
Boolean operators: (), AND, OR, NOT
default: AND
e.g. history AND (Canada OR "United States") will retrieve catalogue records containing the word history AND either Canada OR the phrase United States

Get more catalogue search tips.

Search the Library catalogue: Word(s) anywhere:

Searching Using Subject headings

Often keywords–natural language terms–are too diverse to round up everything in the catalogue on your topic.

To overcome this problem, once you have found some relevant items by searching using your own words, click on the title and examine the full view of each, especially the section called "LC Subject", where you will find the uniform subject heading used for your topic, and then redo your search using the "Subject begins with ..." option.

3. Article and research databases

3.1 Core Databases

3.2 Additional Article Databases

3.3 Indigenous Peoples

3.4 Legal Topics

  • CanLII
    full-text access to Supreme Court of Canada and other courts decisions
  • Index to Legal Periodicals (Wilson)
    provides references to legal literature from a wide range of jurisdictions including Canada, the United States, Puerto Rico, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. ILP indexes articles in law journals, law reviews, government publications and monographs and also provides access to tables of cases and statutes and to book reviews.
  • LegalTrac (Gale)
    index to Canadian and American legal literature

3.5 Current Canadian News Sources

3.6 Think Tank Publications

4. Selected Internet Sites

Accessible to anyone with an Internet connection.

4.1 Government information

4.2 Elections and Public Opinion

4.3 Other websites

5. Other Resources

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