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  Table of Contents

1. Guides, Handbooks, Histories, Dictionaries, Encyclopedias

II. Biographical Sources

III. Universal and National Bibliographies

IV. Bibliographies of Bibliographies

V. General Bibliographies

VI. Periodicals and Newspapers
A. Lists
B. Indexes

VII. Manuscripts and Archives

VIII. Government Publications

IX. Dissertations


Canadian Studies: a select bibliography (PDF format):
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Government Documents and Information Center: Foreign/International Information:
Newspaper and Microform Reading Room:
Primary Sources Research:


Bond, Mary E., and Caron, Martine M. Canadian reference sources: an annotated bibliography / Ouvrages de reference canadiens: une bibliographie annotée. Vancouver: UBC Press, 1996.
Reference Z1365 B57X 1996 (LC)
Canada year book / Annuaire du Canada. Ottawa: Statistics Canada, 1906- .
Reference HA742 C35 (LC)
Canadian encyclopedia: year 2000 edition. 2000 ed. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1999.
Reference F1006 +C35 1999 (LC)
Canadian history: a reader's guide. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1994. 2 vols.
Reference Z1382 C362 1994 (LC)
Encyclopedia Canadiana. Toronto: Grolier of Canada, [1970-1972]. 10 vols.
Reference F1006 E54 1972 (LC)
Encyclopedia of the North American colonies. Editor in chief, Jacob Ernest Cooke. New York: C. Scribner's Sons; Toronto: Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, c1993.
Reference E45 +E539 1993 (LC)
L'Encyclopédie du Canada français. [Ottawa]: Cercle du Livre de France, [1958-66]. 5 vols.
SML, Stacks F1003 E52 (LC)
Historical atlas of Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, [1998].
Reference G1116 S1 +C56 1998 (LC)
Landry, Louis. Encyclopédie du Québec. Montréal: Editions de l'Homme, 1973.
Reference F1052 L35 (LC)
The USA and Canada. 3rd ed. London: Europa Publications, 1998.
Reference HC101 +U83 (LC)


Biography and genealogy master index: a consolidated index to more than 3,200,000 biographical sketches in over 350 current and retrospective biographical dictionaries. Ed. Miranda C. Herbert, Barbara McNeil. 2nd ed. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1980. 8 v.
Reference Z5305 U5 +B56 1980 (LC)
Biography and genealogy master index. Detroit, MI: Gale Research Co., 1985-
Reference Z5305 U5 +B562 (LC)
Also available online from the Yale University Library home page.
Biography index: a cumulative index to biographical material in books and magazines. New York: H. W. Wilson, 1946/49-
Reference Z5301 B56 (LC)
Contemporary authors: a bio-bibliographical guide to current writers in fiction, general nonfiction, poetry, journalism, drama, motion pictures, television and other fields. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1962-
Reference Z1224 C65 (LC)
Also available online from the Yale University Library home page.
Dictionary of Canadian biography. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1966-.
Reference F1005 D49 (LC)
Memorable Canadians. National Library of Canada.
An index of biographies located throughout the National Library of Canada's Web site. (


Books in print. New York: Bowker, 1948-
Reference Z1215 +P97 (LC) [Latest edition at Catalog Reference Desk]
Also: CCL Reference [Latest edition only]
Also available online through FirstSearch from the Yale University Library home page.
British Museum. Dept. of Printed Books. General catalogue of printed books. Photolithographic Edition to 1955. London: Trustees of the British Museum, 1959-1966. 263v.
Reference Z921 +B86 (LC)
      Supplements: 1956/65 (50v.); 1966/70 (26v.); 1971/75 (13v.)
      Supplemented by:
British Library. General catalogue of printed books, 1976-1985. London: British Library, 1986.
Reference Fiche B1221
________. General catalogue of printed books, 1976-1985: Supplement, 1982-1985. London: British Library, 1986.
Canadian books in print. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1967-
Reference Z1365 C35 (LC)
The Canadian catalogue of books published in Canada, about Canada, as well as those written by Canadians. [Toronto: s.n], 1921/22-1949.
Reference Z1365 C358 (LC)
Canadiana [microform]. [Ottawa]: National Library of Canada, 1951- .
Microform Reading Room Fiche S268
1951-1986 also available in print version: Reference Z1365 +C36 (LC)
The English short-title catalogue (formerly The Eighteenth-century stort-title catalogue).
An online database of works printed in any language in the British Isles, North America, and British territories, and in English throughout the rest of the world, from 1403 to 1800.
Available online
Eureka [computer file]. The online database of the Research Libraries Group.
Available online
European Americana : a chronological guide to works printed in Europe relating to the Americas, 1493-1776. Edited by John Alden with the assistance of Dennis C. Landis. New York : Readex Books, 1980-<1997> .
Reference Z1203 E87 (LC)
Les livres disponibles canadiens de langue française. [Outrement, Québec]: Bibliodata, [1981]- .
Reference Z1377 F8 +L57 (LC)
The livres disponibles canadiens de langue française list representing Library of Congress printed cards and titles reported by other American libraries. London: Mansell, 1968-81. 754 v.
Reference Z881 A1 +N37 (LC)
A comprehensive catalog of the holdings of over 800 research libraries in the United States and Canada. An author catalog, it contains records, with location information, for books published anywhere in the world before 1956 but now held in the United States or Canada.
Supplemented by:
National union catalog. 1953/57- Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 1958- .
Reference Z881 A1 +N373 (LC)
NUC. Books [microform]. Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 1983- .
Reference Fiche S122
Nineteenth century short-title catalogue. Teaneck, NJ: Distributed by Chadwyck-Healey, 1984- . In progress.
Reference Z2001 +N65 1984 (LC)
CD-ROM Reference Center
 Records extracted from the catalogues of the Bodleian Library, the British Library, the Library of Trinity College, Dublin, the National Library of Scotland, and the University Libraries of Cambridge and Newcastle and designed to provide a bibliographic record of British books published during the nineteenth century. This includes all books published in Britain, all books in English wherever published, and all translations wherever published.
Sabin, Joseph. Bibliotheca Americana: a dictionary of books relating to America from its discovery to the present time. New York: Sabin, 1868-1936. 29 v.
Reference Z1201 S22 (LC)
Also: SML stacks X401 868; Franklin 106 Sa2 ; Beinecke Z1201 S22
Wing, Donald Goddard. Short-title catalogue of books printed in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and British America, and of English books printed in other countries, 1641-1700. 2nd ed. New York: Index Committee of the Modern Language Association of America, 1972-1988. 3 v.
Reference Z2002 +W55 1972 (LC)
_____________. Short-title catalogue of books printed in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and British America and of English books printed in other countries, 1641-1700. 2nd ed., newly rev. and enl. Revised and edited by John J. Morrison and Carolyn W. Nelson, editors, and Matthew Seccombe, assistant editor. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 1994- .
Reference Z2002 +W55 1994 (LC)
_____________. Wing short-title catalogue, 1641-1700. [CD-ROM].
CD-ROM Reference Center
Available online through the Yale University Library home page.


Besterman, Theodore. A world bibliography of bibliographies and of bibliographical catalogues, calendars, abstracts, digests, indexes and the like. 4th ed., rev. and enl. Totowa, N.J.: Rowan and Littlefield, 1971. 5 v.
Reference Z1002 +B5685 1971 (LC)
Bibliographic index. New York: H. W. Wilson, 1937/42-
Reference Z1002 B53 (LC)
Bibliographische Berichte. Frankfurt am Main: Klostermann, 1959-
SML stacks X353 B425(A)
Bibliography of Canadian bibliographies. Toronto: Published in association with the Bibliographical ociety of Canada, 1960- . (3rd ed. 1994)
Reference Z1365 A1 B53 (LC)


Senécal, André. Canada: a reader's guide. 2nd ed. Ottawa: Conseil international d'études canadiennes, 2000.
Reference Z1365 +S464 2000 (LC)
Bibliographie du Québec, 1821-1967. [Québec]: Bibliotheque nationale du Québec, 1980 - .
SML, Stacks Z1392 Q3 B52 1980 Index (LC)
Thibault, Claude. Bibliographia Canadiana. Don Mills, Ont.: Longman Canada, 1973.
Reference Z1382 T45 (LC)



A list of online News Sources is available on the Yale University Library Canadian Studies research guide.
National Library of Canada. Newspaper Section. Union list of Canadian newspapers held by Canadian libraries. Liste collective des journaux canadiens disponibles dans les bibliothèques canadiennes. Ottawa: Newspaper Section, Serials Division, Public Services Branch, National Library of Canada, 1977- .
Reference Z6954 C2 +N35 (LC)
ULCN: union list of Canadian newspapers. Ottawa: National Library of Canada, 1988- .
Law Fiche S30
New serial titles. Washington, DC: Library of Congress, 1953-
Reference Z6945 +N48 (LC)
Also: SSL, SML Stacks, DIVINITY Z6945.05 S42 (LC)
Union list of serials in libraries of the United States and Canada. New York: H. W. Wilson Co., 1965.
Catalog Reference Desk Z6945 +U53 1965 (LC)
Also: Reference


America: history and life. Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio.
Reference Z1236 +A43 (LC)
Arts & humanities citation index. 1976- . Philadelphia Institute for Scientific Information, 1977- . Three times a year, with the last issue the annual cumulation.
Reference Z5937 +A795 (LC)
Also available online
Burrows, Sandra. Checklist of indexes to Canadian newspapers. Ottawa : National Library of Canada, 1987.
MUDD, Govt Documents SN3-230/1987
CBCA (Canadian business and current affairs) index. CD-ROM. Toronto: Micromedia.
Covers 1982-present; updated three times a year.
CD-ROM Reference Center
Canadian index. Toronto: Micromedia, 1993- .
Reference AI3 +C24 (LC)
Canadian magazine index. Toronto: Micromedia, 1985-.
Reference AI3 +C355 (LC)
Canadian news index. Toronto: Micromedia, 1977-1992.
Reference AI3 +C2414 (LC)
Canadian periodical index. Ottawa, Canadian Library Association. v. 17- 1964-
Reference AI3 C362 (LC)
Canadian index to periodicals and documentary films. Ottawa, Canadian Library Association. v. [1]-16; 1948-63.
Reference AI3 +C362 (LC)
Canadian periodical index. Toronto: [University of Toronto Library, etc.] v. 1-5, 1928-1932; 1938-1947.
Reference AI3 +C36 (LC)
Canadian periodical index, 1920-1937 : an author and subject index. Ottawa : Canadian Library Association, 1988.
Reference AI3 C363 1988 (LC)
Nineteenth century readers’ guide to periodical literature, 1890-1899, with Supplementary Indexing, 1900-1922. New York: H.W. Wilson, 1944. 2v.
Reference AI3 +R43 (LC)
Periodicals contents index (PCI). Alexandria, VA: Chadwyck-Healey, 1993-.
A keyword index to the titles of articles published in several hundred North American, British and Continental journals, covering all subjects from 1818 to the 1960's, with stronger coverage for journals published after 1900. There is no printed equivalent of this database.
Available online
Point de repère: index analytique d'articles de périodiques de langue française. Montréal: Services documentaires multimedia, 1984-1993
Reference AI7 +P6 (LC)
RADAR: répertoire analytique d'articles de revues du Québec. Montréal: Bibliothèque nationale du Québec, 1972-1983.
SML Stacks AI7 +R27 (LC)
Périodex. Montréal: Centrale des bibliothèques, 1973-1983.
Reference AI7 +P47 (LC)
Index analytique. [Québec: Centre de documentation de la Bibliothèque de l'Université Laval], 1966-1972.
Reference AI7 +I53 (LC)
Poole’s Index to periodical literature. Rev. ed. Gloucester, Mass.: P.Smith, 1963. 6v. In 7
Reference AI3 P656 1963 (LC)
Also: KLINE, Abstracts and Indexes
v.1: 1802-1880; v.2: 1892-1896; v.3: 1897-1891; v.4: 1892-1896; v.5: 1897-1901; v.6: 1902-1906
Also available online as Poole's Plus
Supplemented by:
Wall, C. Edward. Cumulative author index for Poole’s index to periodical literature, 1802-1906. Ann Arbor: Plerian Press, 1971.
Reference AI3 +P657 (LC)
Poole’s Index: date and volume key. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 1957.
Reference AI3 +P658 (LC)
Also: DIVINITY AX5 P789i, SML Stacks X226 +C75 19


Available online
Integrates three resources: The National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections (NUCMUC), The Directory of Archives and Manuscript Repositories in the US (DARMUS), and The National Inventory of Documentary Sources in the United States (NIDS). Researchers can search descriptions of manuscript collections in the United States, link to information about the repositories, and locate the finding aids in NIDS, a microfiche collection in the Microtext Center of SML.

Directory of Canadian Archives /Annuaire des dépôts d'archives canadiens. Edited by Marcel Caya...<et al.>. [Ottawa]: Bureau of Canadian Archivists ; Association of Canadian Archivists : Association des archivistes du Québec, 1986.
Reference CD3620 D593 1986 (LC)

National inventory of documentary sources in the United States[microform]. Teaneck, NJ: Chadwyck-Healey, 1983- <1999>
Microform Reading Room Fiche B1333

National inventory of documentary sources in the United Kingdom & Ireland [microform]. Cambridge, Eng.: Chadwyck-Healey, 1988-.
Microform Reading Room Fiche B2262

Union list of manuscripts in Canadian repositories = Catalogue collectif des manuscrits des archives canadiennes / Robert S. Gordon, director ; E. Grace Maurice, editor. -- Rev. ed. -- Ottawa : Public Archives, 1975. 2 vols.
Reference CD3622 A2 +U54 1975 (LC)


A selected list of online government publications is available on the Yale University Library Canadian Studies research guide page.
Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons. Sessional papers. [London: H.M.S.O.], 1786- .
Mudd O7301 +K6 [to 1921]
Mudd O7301 K6 [1922-1976/77]
SML Microform Reading Room Fiche S84 [1801-1953/54, 1975/76- ]
(Indexes within the microfiche are indicated by a red dot.)
The Sessional Papers contain several subsets of material: (1) bills (2) reports from committees of the House and from secretaries or ministers to Parliament (Command Papers), and (3) reports non-Parliamentary in nature (from committees and commissions, annual reports of government departments and bodies, treaties, diplomatic correspondence, census reports, statistical information, etc.).
Cockton, Peter. Subject catalogue of the House of Commons Parliamentary Papers 1801-1900. Cambridge: Chadwyck-Healey, 1988. 5 vol.
Reference Z2019 C63 (LC)
Irish University Press. Index to British Parliamentary papers on Canada and Canadian boundary, 1800-1899. [Dublin, 1974].
Reference Z1385 I73 (LC)
Historical statistics of Canada. 2d ed. [Ottawa]: Published by Statistics Canada in joint sponsorship with the Social Science Federation of Canada, 1983.
SSL, Reference HA746 +U76 1983 (LC)
The Canadian parliamentary guide. Ottawa [etc.], P.G. Normandin [etc.], 1862- .
Reference JL5 A4 (LC)
Government of Canada publications. Ottawa: The Centre, 1979.
Continues: Canadian government publications; monthly catalogue.
Mudd, GDC Reading Room IC6-1
Hardisty, Pamela. Publications of the Canadian Parliament : a detailed guide to the dual-media edition of Canadian Parliamentary proceedings and sessional papers, 1841-1970. Washington, D.C. : United States Historical Documents Institute, 1974.
Mudd, GDC Reading Room Z1373 H3 (LC)
Robertson, Heather. On the hill: a people's guide to Canada's Parliament. Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, 1992.
SML Stacks JL136 R5 1992 (LC)
Statistics Canada publications list. Ottawa, Ontario: Statistics Canada.
Mudd, GDC Reading Room CS11-209


Dissertation abstracts. Ann Arbor, MI: University Microfilms International.
Reference Z5055 +U49 +D57 (LC)

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