Contemporary Canadian Government & Politics:
A Practical Research Guide

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Introduction
It is my sincere hope this guide will help promote research in Canadian government and politics and encourage researchers to effectively use the wide variety of information sources available to them.
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Purpose

The purpose of this guide is to introduce students and others interested in Canadian government and politics to the major sources of information for research in the field. Designed for beginning students to graduate-level researchers, its aim is to enhance the effectiveness of the research process and enrich the end results.
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Coverage

Sources covered by this guide include dictionaries, encyclopaedias, bibliographies, biographical sources, handbooks, guides, indexes, electronic databases, core journals, theses, conference proceedings, annual reviews, overviews, special collections, Internet sites, and many kinds of primary source material including film and video, photographs, government records, speeches, etc. Sources are annotated with brief descriptions, with tips on how to use and evaluate them and links to finding aids and further information where available.

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Organization

Not just a list of links, this guide presents sources of information in an order that mirrors the research process, provides assistance in how to use and evaluate the sources and in learning the research process itself. In working with this framework, it should be recognized that research is not a straightforward linear process where people move mechanically from one stage to the next. Research usually requires jumping back and forth between stages when a new piece of information comes to light or to fill a gap in understanding. The organization of this site is intended to facilitate this feature of the research process. It should also challenge the increasingly prevalent idea that everything is available on the Internet. Comprehensive research cannot be restricted to online resources alone.

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Limitations

Time period: “Contemporary” has been interpreted to be from approximately 1945 to the present.
Language: Material covered is mostly in English with some French-language sources.
Currency: The intention is to maintain all links and add to this guide on an ongoing basis. However, no guarantees can be made.
Completeness: This is a selective guide including sources considered most useful and widely available. No attempt has been made to provide an exhaustive listing.
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Suggestions

Suggestions for improving this web site are welcome. If you think an important information source has been overlooked or you have noticed links which are no longer active, please contact me.
 
Unfortunately, I cannot offer a research service. If you have research questions, please contact the Reference Librarian at your local public, school or research library. They will be happy to assist you.

Anita Cannon
Reference Librarian
Mount Allison University
Sackville, NB
Canada

Credits & Acknowledgments: This project would not have been possible without the generous support of the Crabtree Foundation, and the assistance of Raymond Blake and Andrew Nurse of the Mount Allison Centre for Canadian Studies. Many thanks to contributors: Librarians Emma Cross (initial planning and Part 3), Myrna Allen (Special Topic: Immigration), and Wei-Hsin Lee (Web Design).
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