Northern Studies

This guide is designed for masters students in the interdisciplinary graduate program in Northern Studies in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies.

Search Summon to find peer-reviewed journal articles on any topic.  Remember to refine your search by selecting the following options: Scholarly & Peer-Review, Journal Article and Discipline to obtain high quality, academic literature.

You can also limit your search to many other source types in Summon, such as books/e-books, newspapers, magazines, trade publications, videos, dissertations or conference proceedings. Please note that while many sources are published in different formats and written for specific audiences, they do not have solid authority as with the scholarly, peer reviewed literature.

Subject specific Databases

Interdisciplinary Databases

Theses and Dissertations

Help Guides


Searching for Grey Literature - this web page explains the importance of grey literature and where to find it.

Government Information for northern studies

Canada - Federal: 

Canada - Provincial: 

Useful Websites

If you are just beginning your research, try browsing through ArcticNet, a web site that brings together scientists and managers in the natural, human health and social sciences with their partners from Inuit organizations, northern communities, federal and provincial agencies and the private sector to study the impacts of climate change in the coastal Canadian Arctic.

Another excellent resource are the publications of the Centre for the North which is an initiative of the Conference Board of Canada. It's goal is to bring Aboriginal leaders, businesses, governments and community advocates together to identify challenges and opportunitites.

Thesis & Dissertation Writing Guides:

General Writing Guides for Geography:

Literature Review Writing Guides:

Citation Managment Tools:

There are many free citation or document management systems available. The library provides support for Mendeley, Zotero and EndNote Basic. Consult the Citation Management web page for more information. Attend a workshop that demonstrates the common features of these tools. Send an email to to register for a workshop, or arrange for one-on-one consultation.

Citing Your Sources:

The library's Citing Your Sources web page is a comprehensive list of the many online citing resources for the major academic styles. Help with citation is also available at the Research Help Desk or at Writing Services.

Content last updated: July 6, 2018