History 104: History of Canada since 1867

This guide will provide you with a starting point for research in your subject area.

Step 1: Define Your Topic

To help you in this process, use specialized encyclopedias and handbooks located in the reference collection, or chapters from a current textbook to give you a short overview of your research subject. These articles are written by experts on the topic and they often include other references listed at the end of the article. You can be assured that the references listed there are authoritative sources and well worth obtaining for your paper. Some reference books that may be useful:

Ref FC 23 .C36

Canadian Encyclopedia

Ref FC 23 .H67

Horizon Canada (10 volumes)

Ref FC 23 .O94

Oxford Companion to Canadian History

Ref FC 25 .D53

Dictionary of Canadian Biography

Ref FC 3804 .E52

Encyclopedia of British Columbia

Ref FC 2154 .E52

Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and Labrador

Ref FC 3504 .E53

Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan

Ref FC 24 .F58

Fitzhenry and Whiteside Book of Canadian Facts and Dates

Ref HN 103.5 .R42

Recent Social Trends in Canada, 1960-2000

Ref HV 12 .E497

Encyclopedia of Social Welfare History in North America

Ref E 77 .H25

Handbook of North American Indians

Ref E 76.2 .G74

Encyclopedia of the First Peoples of North America

Ref E 98 .E2 E52

Encyclopedia of Native American Economic History

Ref E 77 .G15

Gale Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes

Ref E 77 .P89

Native Americans: an Encyclopedia of History, Cultures and Peoples

Ref G 1116 .S1 H582

Encyclopedia of Canada's Peoples



Step 2: Look for Books

Begin your research by checking for your topic in the library catalogue. Remember to click on the item in the results list to display the longer record, and then examine the Subject terms at the bottom of the record. Click on appropriate relevant Subject terms to see if there are any other items available on your topic. Some useful Canadian history Subject Terms include:

  • British Columbia - Politics and government
  • Canada - History - Confederation, 1867-
  • Canada - Politics and government
  • Canada - Social conditions
  • Canada - Social life and customs
  • Crime - Canada - History
  • Native Peoples - Canada - History
  • Riel Rebellion
  • Women - Canada - History

If you don't find enough appropriate material on your topic in the CNC Library, don't hesitate to branch out and investigate the UNBC Library collection. Not only can you access any of the material at UNBC, but you can also use their databases like "America: History and Life" at the UNBC Library. Any materials that CNC or UNBC doesn't have can be ordered through Interlibrary Loan.

If your topic is about the history of women in Canada, First Nations history, etc. some specialized bibliographies are:

Ref HQ 1150 .C52

Changing Women, Changing History

Ref HQ 1453 .Z953

True Daughters of the North

Ref HQ 792 .C2 S97

History of Canadian Childhood and Youth: a Bibliography

Ref FC 3822 .J6

B.C. Bibliography 1849-1899

Ref F 591 .S64

The American and Canadian West: a Bibliography

Ref KE 8813 .A1 S62

Canadian Criminal Justice History

Ref E 78 .B9 S728

Native Indians in British Columbia

Ref E 92 .S7

Canadian Indian Policy

Other Reference Sources

Ref HQ 1416 .M395

Women in Early America: Struggle, Survival and Freedom in a New World

Ref FC 226 .C32

Canada at War and Peace: a Millennium of Military Heritage

Ref FC 18 .R43

A Source-book of Canadian History

Ref FC 36 .A7

Origin and Meaning of Place Names in Canada

Ref FC 226 .C32

Canada at War and Peace

Ref G 1116 .S1 H58

Historical Atlas of Canada: from the Beginning to 1800

Ref G 1116 .S1 H582

Concise Historical Atlas of Canada

Ref F 851 .H38

Historical Atlas of the Pacific Northwest

Ref G 1174 .V3 H39

Historical Atlas of Vancouver and the lower Fraser Valley

Ref G 1116 .S1 H39

Historical Atlas of Canada

Ref G 2862 .N6 S12 H3

Historical Atlas of the North Pacific Ocean

Ref G 1122.51 .S1 H57

Historical Atlas of the Maritime Provinces 1878


Ebook Sources 

Step 3: Use Periodical Articles

Periodicals offer excellent information. To locate articles in your subject area, use the online indexes - Canadian Reference Centre and Academic Search Complete. Once you have located article citations, if the article is not in fulltext online, click on the Request This Item  button to request the material through Interlibrary Loan. Don’t forget that you have access to the UNBC library for both catalogued books as well as their Library Databases (UNBC Databases must be used in the UNBC library to be properly accessed.) Remember to order Interlibrary Loan items early! 

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