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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.
Theses and Dissertations
These documents are written by masters or doctoral degrees as a requirement for earning their degree.
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
- Globe and Mail: Canada’s Heritage From 1844
- Toronto Star: Pages of the Past, 1892-2002
- Google News Archive - contains historical issues of several Canadian newspapers, such as the Montreal Gazette
- Quebec Historical Newspapers
- Manitoba Historical Newspapers
- Prairie Newspapers
- Catalogue - Many newspapers are available on microfilm only.
Government Reports and Debates of the House of Commons
- SFU Library Editorial Cartoons Collection
- Catalogue (use the words "caricatures and cartoons" when searching)
- McCord Museum (contains several collections of political cartoons)
See also the sources listed above in the Newspapers section.
- Virtual Museum of Canada
- McCord Museum Painting, Prints and Drawings
- Catalogue - Many paintings can be found in books on Canadian painters.