Canadian History


Your assignments at university are an invitation to join a scholarly conversation by exploring topics in depth, formulating a unique research question, examining the research of others along with primary sources, building an argument, and drawing your own conclusions.  A good research topic is one that sparks your interest and allows you to ask new questions in order to find meaningful answers.

Pick a research topic

  • Read your assignment instructions carefully
  • Pick a research topic that interests you and meets the assignment criteria
  • Identify the key concepts of your research topic and do a search on the library's main search box, Omni

If you need extra help:

Use guides, dictionaries, and encyclopedias to find authoritative definitions, and useful bibliographies.


Search Omni, the library's main search box to easily find peer-reviewed journal articles on any topic.  Remember to refine your search by selecting the following options: Peer-Reviewed Journals, Articles and Subject (optional) to obtain high quality, academic literature.

You can also search databases by subject to find journal articles. They offer many advanced search features and search results tend to be more precise.

Key Databases: 

Additional Databases: 


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To find Primary sources in Omni:

  • Search your topic (or historical person of interest) using the library's main search box Omni
  • A keyword search that includes one of the following terms will identify primary materials in most cases:
    • Diar* (for diary or diaries)
    • Correspondence
    • Letters
    • Memoir
    • Personal narrative
    • Recollections
    • Reminiscences
    • Journal
    • Sources

 Other search tips:

Library and Archives Canada - Key historical sources by selected topic:

CIHM (Canadian Institute for Historical Micro-reproductions)

Historical microfiche reproductions from the time of the first European settlers to the 1920s can be searched by entering relevant keywords and adding and CIHM to the search in the library's main search box, Omni.

Digital Archives

Historical Newspapers




Government Information

Government Information 

Canadian Parliamentary Publications (Pre Confederation)


Other Media (images & videos)

Writing Guides

Citing your sources

Referencing your sources in an important part of academic writing. Why?

  • it lets you acknowledge the ideas or words of others if you use them in your work
  • it helps you to avoid plagiarism
  • it demonstrates that you are using the scholarly record and that you can provide authority for statements you make in your essay
  • it enables readers to find the source information

For help with citing, consult:


Content last updated: October 20, 2020