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Finding background information

The following titles and websites can be used to investigate background information on topics relating to technology.

Specialized Encyclopedias and Websites - with a Canadian focus

Finding books and media

Click on the Discovery Search - Advanced Search on the CNC library webpage to find books, e-books, reports, journal articles or media on a selected topic.

How to find Reference books in the library on a topic

From the Discovery Search page

  1. Click on Advanced Search
  2. Type topic word in top search box, e.g. technolog* [* symbol finds word endings, e.g. technological]
  3. Also indicate if you would like Journal Articles or Catalogue material for books

Some useful Subject terms to search in the catalogue include:

  • Computers and civilization
  • Time management
  • Business proposals
  • Internet
  • Internet and addiction
  • Educational technology
  • Genetic engineering
  • Information technology
  • Nursing and history
  • Middle East
  • Technological innovations
  • Science and industry
  • Technology and civilization
  • Human reproductive technology

Finding Journal or newspaper articles

Many online journals or journal article citations are available via these online journal indexes:

  • Proquest indexes – Canadian Business & Current Affairs - fulltext
  • Ebscohost indexes – Academic Search, Canadian Reference Centre etc. - fulltext
  • You can also use "Advanced Search" on the Library Homepage to search all of the EBSCOhost databases

If you wish to find a list of CNC Library held paper format or online fulltext journals, from the library's Homepage, click on Databases

Newspaper Indexes

Finding Statistics

Statistics can be collected by a variety of sources, including agencies. The best way to find good statistics is to go to Google Advanced. There you'll do a search that begins with or includes "Statscan" or "Statistics Canada" on the first line. This focuses the search on statistical material gathered by the Canadian government.

Seeking assistance

If you need any assistance with research, please approach the librarians at the Information Desk, or contact the Ask a Librarian link on the library’s web page. If you go to the Library Homepage you can also access AskAway to receive assistance, during regular library hours as well as during the evenings and on weekends.

Good luck! If you have comments or suggestions, email me at lovittj@cnc.bc.ca