Follow the topic searches linked below for books and articles in MRU's LibrarySearch. Refine results using the search filters provided e.g., creation date, subject etc, or by adding additional search terms.
The Canadian Encyclopedia is a great launchpad for Canadian Studies research topic. Browse for ideas, or do simple searches to get quick overviews of key Canadian issues and events. Keep searches VERY simple - one or two words max generally works best.
Use the research organizer to help you with your topic development, and keep track of the sources you find in your research. You can download and save this to your own drive, or add it to your Google drive and convert to a Google d
There's an APP for evaluating information:
A: What authority does the author have on the topic ? What qualifications do they have? Who is the audience?
P - What process did the information go through? Is it based on research? What publication process - peer-reviewed or only spell-check?
P - What is the purpose of the information? To inform or educate? To persuade? To sell you something? To entertain?
Briefly skim the following secondary sources. Which one(s) do you think are scholarly? Why?
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Build your vocabulary: As you browse possible sources, read book/chapter and article titles carefully to help improve your search vocabulary and narrow your topic. The larger and more flexible your search vocabulary, the more successful you will be.
Use keywords and short phrases: never use sentences or sentence fragments. Choose keywords that are vital to your topic. Use terms an expert would use, avoiding slang. Your course outline offers some good starting points.
Search for all possible endings of a word using the asterisk * - Canad* will look for Canad-a, Canad-ian, Canad-ians
Don't settle for the first results you find: the most relevant results aren't always on the top of the list or on the first page of results. Browse through for the best sources, not the easiest ones to find.
Use the MRU LibrarySearch tool - the search box on the library homepage - to find information in all formats (books, journal articles, videos,
If you are overwhelmed with results in LibrarySearch, or having trouble narrowing your search to relevant results, try looking in a subject specific article database. You will find these databases on a relevant MRU library subject guide. Below are some examples of these subject specific tools:
America History & Life: Good for historical topics; searches within journals that cover North American history.
Bibliography of Indigenous Peoples of North America - Covers all aspects of Indigenous North American culture, history, and life, including multicultural relations, gaming, governance, legend, and literacy. Be sure to limit to peer-reviewed.
SocIndex: Good for topics with a sociological perspective, for example race, multiculturalism, etc.
CPIQ Canadian Periodical Index: Searches within Canadian journals and magazines. Be sure to limit to peer reviewed.
CBCA Canadian Business and Current Affairs: Includes a wide range of Canadian publications covering education, business, current affairs among others. Be sure to limit to peer reviewed.
Legislation: An Act to Restrict and Regulate Chinese Immigration to Canada (a.k.a. Chinese Immigration Act)
Organizational documents: Canadian Civil Liberties Association Submission on the Temporary Measures Act
Film/television: Log Driver's Waltz
Speeches: Pierre Polievre's First Speech as Leader
Government & Legal Sources