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Newcomers to Canadian Studies – Online Resources

Emma Lambert
University of Birmingham.

As a journal covering both the study of the United States and of Canada, we are particularly keen to increase our publication of reviews and articles on Canada, topics currently under-represented. As someone largely unfamiliar with Canadian resources online, I attempted to find my way in the world of Canadian Studies online…

If you have any further comments, or if you would like to submit a review or article on a Canadian topic, please contact the editors at 49thparallel@bham.ac.uk.

Academic Info : Canadian Studies


An annotated directory of Internet Resources on Canada. This is an enormous resource of Canadian Studies sites, suitable for students and teachers alike. Areas covered include government, media, law, museums and societies. Annotations are limited, but useful where they occur. An excellent starting point for further investigation of Canadian Studies resources online.

International Council for Canadian Studies


This is the official website of the International Council for Canadian Studies which exists to "promote and support research, education and publications in all fields of Canadian Studies in all countries". The site is functional and filled with useful information for teachers and researchers in this field. The site contains, for example, information on forthcoming Canadian Studies conferences around the world, and on ICCS publications, including the International Journal of Canadian Studies (see below). Details are also available on ICCS awards, programs and scholarships both for established academics and graduate students. The site is searchable, operates in English or in French, and also contains links to other Canadian Studies resources.

International Journal of Canadian Studies


Published twice yearly by the ICCS, the International Journal of Canadian Studies is thematic and interdisciplinary. Whilst individual articles are not available online, this site provides complete contents listings for issues from Spring/Fall 1990 onwards, and as such is an invaluable resource for students, teachers and researchers. Issues cover themes including diasphora and exile, Canada in the Americas, Identities and Marginalities and The Evolving Canadian Landscape.

Directory of Web Resources relevant to Canadian Studies


Another excellent and wide ranging resource, organised by thematic areas, such as arts, history, Quebec, and within each area, alphabetically searchable. Large numbers of texts available online - strong on literature generally and on Margaret Attwood in particular. Historical documentation also available online – for example, Canadian Constitutional Documents. Entire site is keyword searchable. An excellent resource for research and for teaching.

National Archives of Canada


Established in 1872, the National Archives of Canada aim to preserve Canada’s archival heritage and make it available to the public through a wide variety of means, including publications, exhibitions, special events and reference and researcher services. The site’s search engine ArchiviaNet allows the researcher to view the National Archives of Canada databases, including the obligatory Federal Government files, but also film, video and photographic resources documenting daily life in Canada. A limited number of documents are available online and information on visiting the archives is also available.