The library's new search tool, Summon, allows you to search for books, journal articles, media, and more with a single search. You can access Summon from the library's homepage.

When searching Summon, consider the following:

Once you have your results:

  • To see only BOOKS click on Book/eBook.
  • To see BOOKS as well as GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS, click on Library Catalogue
  • To see only JOURNAL ARTICLES click on Journal Article and click on Scholarly & Peer-Review.

Because there will be many results, it is important to narrow your search.

Narrow by:

  • Content Type
  • Discipline
  • Publication Date
  • Subject Terms
  • Language
  • Library Location

Discipline and Subject Terms are particularly useful. 

Discipline allows you to look at those resources classified as belonging to one specific field of study; e.g., Indigenous Studies, Public Policy, Law, Sociology, Health Sciences, etc. This can be very helpful when researching an interdisciplinary topic from a particular angle; for example, the topic indigenous health care woud span multiple disciplines.  It is also useful when one term is used in multiple disciplines to mean something very different; for example, social media research in sociology is very different from social media in business. 

Subject Terms are like additional keywords that have been indexed, or tagged, for each document. They can be helpful to further narrow down your results list, or to suggest terms you hadn't thought of that are related to your research.

Also try: Summon Advanced Search 
Tip:  Always use quotation marks for phrase searching.  For example "land claims"

Catalogue Searching

Use the catalogue to find books, ebooks, government documents, conference proceedings, films and journals. Only the titles of journals are included in the catalogue: use the databases to search for individual articles.

If you know the title of the item you seek, perform a title search.

If you know the author, perform an author search. Enter the author's name with the surname first.

Otherwise, try a keyword search
(aborigional or indigenous or indians) and canad* and health policy

native and youth and Canada

When keyword searching, if a keyword exists in the subject heading or in the title, the resource is much more likely to be about that topic. You can construct sophisticated searches by specifying that your search terms must exist in particular fields of the catalogue record. Prefix the search term with a: to restrict to authors, t: to restrict to titles, s: to restrict to subject headings, and n: to restrict to the notes (where tables of contents are loaded). Or you can partially limit a search. For example:

medical policy and s:canada and (native* or indian*)

Once you find one or more good books, look at the SUBJECT headings that have been used. Follow those SUBJECT heading links to find related books.

A small sample of Library of Congress Subject headings:

  • Medical policy - Canada
  • Native youth - employment - Canada
  • Native peoples- Canada - Government Relations
  • Public health administration - Canada (or by province) 
  • Public-private sector cooperation - Canada
  • Evaluation - Methodogy
  • Qualitative research
  • Canada - social policy
  • Native peoples - Canada - Government Relations
  • Indigenous People - Canada
  • Native Peoples - Canada
Content last updated: September 27, 2018