Tips & Tricks for Researchers

Aboriginal Policy Studies

Aboriginal Policy Studies is a new online, multidisciplinary journal  with a mandate to publish original, scholarly, and policy relevant research on issues relevant to Métis, non-status Indians and urban Aboriginal peoples in Canada. Housed in the Faculty of Native Studies, University of Alberta, this journal will be published on a bi-annual basis.

 

APLIC Portal

The Association of Parliamentary Libraries in Canada Releases its Government and Legislative Libraries Online Publications Portal: A Key Resource for Locating Canadian and Provincial Government Publications.

The Association of Parliamentary Libraries in Canada (APLIC) / L’Association des bibliothécaires parlementaires au Canada (ABPAC) is proud to announce the release of its unique pan-Canadian bilingual government and legislative publications portal known as GALLOPP (Government and Legislative Libraries Online Publications Portal) / PPGPE (Portail des publications gouvernementales et parlementaires électroniques). It promises to become a vital resource for Canadian libraries seeking the electronic publications of Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments and legislatures. The result of collaboration between provincial and territorial legislative libraries from across Canada and the federal government’s Depository Services Program, the portal provides one-stop access to over 320,000 electronic provincial, territorial and federal government publications and legislative materials dating back to 1995.

Its simple and easy-to-use English and French interface allows users to search for documents by keyword or full text and then link to the electronic copies of the materials hosted by the collecting library. Results can be cross-jurisdictional or limited by jurisdiction or date.

The portal is a unique resource bringing together for the first time the significant government document repositories that have been built by individual legislative libraries and the federal Depository Services Program. New documents will be added regularly to GALLOPP. A detailed scope note on the site provides an up-to-date description of the portal’s content.

The portal is available at no charge and is accessible on the APLIC site at http://www.aplic-abpac.ca/aplic_home.html.

Circumpolar Health Bibliographic Database

Circumpolar Health Bibliographic Database

Searching for health information specifically related to the circumpolar region? Check out the new Circumpolar Health Bibliographic Database. A project of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Team in Circumpolar Health Research, this database contains 6000 records describing publications about all aspects of human health in the circumpolar region. As part of the CHBD project, server space is available to make PDF files of publications available online, or to provide an additional online location for publications that are already available online from their publishers.

Free Statistics!

Good news for people who use statistics for their work.

Statistics Canada has announced that beginning February 1, 2012, self-serve standard products on the Statistics Canada website – including CANSIM and census data products – will be available free of charge. Custom requests, maps, and printed information will still be paid services.

Language Portal of Canada

The Government of Canada has introduced its new website: the Language Portal of Canada.

http://www.noslangues-ourlanguages.gc.ca/qn-wn-eng.html

This website is a wealth of resources to help you communicate more effectively in English and French:

  • TERMIUM Plus® provides free access to nearly four million English, French and Spanish terms from the Translation Bureau's terminology and linguistic data bank.
  • Writing Tools provides resources to cover the many facets of English and French grammar, style and usage.
  • Gateway to English deals with the finer points of English grammar and style.
Looking for a thesis?

A valuable resource for locating a thesis can be found at Theses Canada.

Theses Canada has been actively acquiring and preserving electronic theses since 2003

with the goal to provide access to this valuable research within Canada and throughout the world.

The Theses Canada collection can be searched and available electronic versions can be accessed at:

http://amicus.collectionscanada.gc.ca/thesescanada-bin/Main/BasicSearch?coll=18&l=0&v=1

If you need to borrow a thesis that is not available electronically, contact the Legislative Library

and ask them to make an interlibrary loan request on your behalf.

 

Northern Databases

When searching for northern information, don’t forget the Arctic Institute of North America has various databases to assist you in your research.

The Arctic Science and Technology Information System (ASTIS) database has been updated and now contains 77,000 records describing publications and research projects about northern Canada and includes links to 20,000 publications that are available online.

The Hydrocarbon Impacts Database has been updated to describe 8,650 publications and research projects about the environmental impacts, socio-economic effects and regulation of oil and gas exploration, development and transportation in northern Canada.

The Circumpolar Health Bibliographic Database describes 6,500 publications about all aspects of human health in the circumpolar region

The Canadian IPY Publications Database describes 4,400 publications by or about International Polar Year projects in Canada.

Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples Digitization Initiative

Library and Archives Canada is commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples through a new digitization initiative. Established in 1991, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) travelled across Canada documenting the issues and challenges facing Indigenous Canadians and their communities. Over its six-year mandate, RCAP amassed thousands of hours of recorded testimony and hundreds of thousands of pages of documents, culminating in the publication of the 1996 RCAP final report complete with a series of recommendations for a renewed relationship between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in Canada.

Following the conclusion of the Commission, the entire RCAP archive was transferred to Library and Archives Canada (LAC). To date, access to this collection has only been available through on-site consultation at LAC’s Ottawa location and through the submission of requests for reproductions.

LAC’s new searchable database of select RCAP records was launched on November 3, 2016 at the Sharing the Land, Sharing a Future National Forum which marked the 20th anniversary of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. The database contains transcripts of more than 175 days of hearings; nearly 200 research reports; more than 100 submissions from tribal councils, organizations and interest groups; as well as RCAP publications and the final report.

The RCAP database can be accessed at:

http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/aboriginal-heritage/royal-commissi...

The Chicago Manual of Style

Do you need help writing a paper, report, or article? Not sure how to use punctuation, names, numbers, quotations, abbreviations, etc.?

The Legislative Library has an online subscription to The Chicago Manual of Style for the use of Government of the Northwest Territories employees.

The online subscription to The Chicago Manual of Style is now available at:

http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/16/contents.html

This new 16th edition offers expanded information on producing electronic publications, including web-based content and e-books.