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Research Guides

Critical Information Policy Studies

This overview to key topics & resources for the CIPS concentration in the Master of Information program at the iSchool, University of Toronto gives an introduction to this area, and may be helpful for those who are considering studies in this field.


Books on topics related to CIPS can be found using the UTL catalogue.  While many books can be found in the Inforum (the Faculty of Information library) you will also find books in other U of T Libraries.  

Of note: The Inforum has prepared an annotated bibliography -- Privacy & Surveillance: Selected Titles from the Inforum's Collection.

Suggested subject headings

There are many more possible subject headings.  In the next section, find some tips on subject searching.

Information policy Telecommunication policy Telecommunication Freedom of information Open access
Information society Mass media and technology Satellite surveillance Fair use (Copyright) Copyright
Information technology Digital media Electronic surveillance Privacy, Right of Privacy
Information science Data protection Video surveillance Policy sciences Communication
Information literacy Media literacy Internet literacy Electronic publishing Big data
Government information Transparency in government Social media Internet Digital divide
Can often add to headings: law and legislation political aspects economic aspects social aspects

Finding more subject headings: Some tips

  • NEVER start with subject searching, unless you are sure that you are using a valid subject heading.
  • Search for your topic(s), but leave the search as an ANYWHERE search.
  • Now examine your search results to see what subject headings show up in the records for books on your topic.
  • Use the SUBJECT facet to the left of the results page to see subject headings common to the set of results.
  • Screen capture below for the search ANYWHERE = information society shows that Internet and also Information society are valid and on-topic subject headings.  
  • Now do a search for SUBJECT = information society to get a more on-topic list of results.