Purpose of Collection:

The Canadian Studies collection at Carleton Library supports the research activities of faculty, students and staff and the instructional requirements of undergraduate and graduate programs. Canadian Studies is an interdisciplinary area of studies within the faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. As such, the collection also provides support for teaching and research in a wide variety of related fields such as Indigenous Studies, Women and Gender Studies, History, Arts and Culture, Heritage Conservation, and Political Science.

For concrete examples of our collections in action, please visit our Canadian Studies Subject Guide.

Academic Departments & Programs Supported:

  • Undergraduate Programs
  • Graduate Programs
  • Interdisciplinary/Collaborative/Specialized Programs
    • Minor in Indigenous Studies
    • Minor in Heritage and Conservation
    • Minor in Quebec Studies
    • M.A. Canadian Studies with Specialization in Digital Humanities
    • M.A. Canadian Studies with Specialization in Political Economy

Themes/Subject Coverage

  • Canadian History
  • National Identity
  • Immigration
  • Social Movements
  • Political Economy
  • Arts and Culture
  • Heritage Conservation and Sustainability
  • Feminist and Indigenous Scholarship
  • Race, gender, class and cultural pluralism

Selection Guidelines


Primarily current material is collected with earlier material acquired to fill in a series gap, replace an important work that is missing or damaged, or in response to faculty and student recommendations.


The programs in the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies covers geographic areas around the world including, but not exclusively, Canada, the Commonwealth nations, Great Britain and the United States.


English comprehensive coverage; significant French titles, particularly Canadian if appropriate; and selected primary sources.


Books, journals, ethnographies, reprints, collections, dissertations/theses, selected translations, maps, government documents, research reports, conference proceedings; in print, online, video, digital and audio formats.


No material explicitly excluded.

Additional Collection Information

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