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Research Guides

History Research

Comprehensive guide to research resources in History at the University of Toronto, with a particular emphasis on primary sources. For beginning to advanced researchers.

Find books in the library catalogue


Find Books

To find a book in the library:

1. Look up the title.

The Lubicon Lake Nation : indigenous knowledge and power
simply enter the title and click "go."

3. Click on the title that you want.

4. Note the library that the book is located in, and the call number. Use the call number to find the book on the shelf. In Robarts Library, a chart at the elevator will tell you which floor your book is on. In this example, a call number that starts with 'E' would be found on the 9th floor:

Library: Robarts
Call Number: E99 .C88 M387 2008

Other libraries and Interlibrary Loan

Catalogue tips

Example keywords:

residential schools canada

self-government native

aquash biography
(to find a biography of Anna Mae Aquash)


1. Use the side menus in the library catalogue to focus your results: for example, you can choose the language, the library, the kind of material (eg., video), author (to find books on the topic by a particular author)

2. You may need to try your search a few times with different terms for aboriginal, to find everything.

For example: self-government aboriginal
self-government native
self-government indians
self-government indigenous
sovereignty native

Example two:
aboriginal spirituality
native spirituality
indians sprituality
aboriginal religion

3. If you have more than one keyword, try doing your search in two steps. For example:

Step one, enter:
residential schools

Step two, enter:
canada, click on 'within results,' and then click on search.