Encyclopedias, subject dictionaries, etc. are excellent resources when you are beginning your research or when you need further clarification of terms used in your reading. They provide background information, explain concepts, and often contain a bibliography that can lead you to useful resources.
For additional encyclopedias etc. (besides those listed in this research guide) please see Subjects A-Z... Canada.
A useful collection of essays and statistics, regularly updated, on Canada's public affairs, the economy, and society. Includes topical bibliographies.
A chronological look at immigration to Canada. Each chapter ends with a timeline, glossary, several primary documents, and bibliography. This 2003 book is available in print or online.
An essential source for background information on Canadian topics. Now also includes the excellent Encyclopedia of Music in Canada.
An online encyclopedia of Canadian actors, playwrights, directors, producers, designers, theatre organizations and institutions, composers and plays. Provided by Athabaska University.
"This encylopedia provides an overview of people within the geographical and social framework of Canada." At the bottom of each article you will find a list of additional resources in the Further reading section. Available in print.
This useful resource, published in 2002, is available online and in print.
This encyclopedia "provides a comprehensive synthesis of the people, places and events that have helped to shape the province" [Concept Plan, 1997]. Produced for Saskatchewan's centenary in 2005 by the Canadian Plains Research Centre.
Useful, brief introductions to a wide range of issues, events, and individuals in Canada's history. Available both in print and online.
Canada : a reader's guide (2000)
This site contains an online bibliography of books, pamphlets, and other materials related to the development of the Prairies. It also contains the full texts of many of these items.
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