Canadian History

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

If you need help:

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


    Search Omni, the library's main search box to find books or peer-reviewed journal articles on any topic. 

    Search subject-specific databases to find journal articles. They offer many advanced search features and search results tend to be more precise.

    Key Databases: 

    Additional Databases: 


    Begin with:

    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




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    Content last reviewed: January 20, 2021