Canadian Studies for graduate students

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The MacOdrum Library is located on the unceded territories of the Algonquin nation. This guide is designed for graduate students in the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies

Google doc (November 22, 2018)

Literature review writing guides

Finding academic literature

Canadian Studies professors recommend the following journals:

Note:  Some are available only in print; others are available in print and electronic format. Check UlrichsWeb for information about individual journals. Ulrichsweb is a source of bibliographic and access information for over 300,000 serials.

Find grey literature

Grey literature is an important source of information in arts and social science research that:

  • adds a valuable global perspective
  • provides detailed overviews on specific populations
  • may be only source of local information

Grey literature is defined as "information produced on all levels of government, academics, business and industry in electronic and print formats not controlled by commercial publishing" ie. where publishing is not the primary activity of the producing body."  ICGL Luxembourg definition, 1997. Expanded in New York, 2004

Types of grey literature

  • Government information
  • Dissertations and theses
  • Conference proceedings
  • Newspapers and magazines

Library resources


Heritage conservation archival publications

Citation management and reference rot

CURVE is Carleton's institutional repository.

This repository collects, preserves and provides open access to the academic, research output and creative works of Carleton faculty and scholars. 

Writing process

Open Access

Predatory publishers 

Graduate Student Open Access Award

$1000 award encourages Carleton graduate students to make their work more widely available on the internet by publishing research in open access journals.


What is an ORCID and do I need one?

ORCID is a digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, and automated links between you and your professional activities.

Journal rankings

Citation-based metrics used for ranking journals. This may be important for:

  • preparing your portfolio
  • assessing the impact and quality of a journal relative to a particular discipline or field
  • tenure and promotion in academic circles

Consult the Journal Rankings Help Guide for more information


Thesis Guidelines @ Carleton University

Content last updated: March 27, 2020