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Héritage Project

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Héritage Project is a 10-year initiative to digitize and make accessible online some of Canada’s most popular archival collections encompassing roughly 60 million pages of primary-source documents. Chronicling the country and its people from the 1600s to the mid-1900s, this collection represents a vast and unique resource for Canadian historians, students, and genealogists. The types of material in the project include:

  • geneaology material, including immigration records, church records, land records, family histories and papers, voters’ lists, etc.
  • documents relating to Canada's aboriginal peoples
  • records from the core government departments
  • documents related to Canada's military history
  • papers from prominent Canadians and organizations

The project is still in the process of digitizing some material in the H, C or T category of microfilms. You can check Library and Archives Canada's online Mikan database to verify the category of an item. The Conditions of Access area of a catalogue record will list the microfilms that make up a collection. If you find a specific reel or reels that you believe should be on Héritage you can contact LAC at info@canadiana.ca and inquire about the status of the reel. It could be that the reel:

  • has been digitized but is not online yet
  • should have been digitized, but was accidentally missed
  • cannot be digitized due to copyright privacy issues

In either of the first two cases efforts will be made to make digitized reel available as quickly as possible.

Users should note that due to the volume of digitization minimal metadata was used for most of the collection. For a detailed list of which collections have metadata, see here. You can also check Héritage news, or subscribe to our an e-Bulletin, for updates.

On finding aids, note that if there is a finding aid available, Héritage does try to mention this in the cataloguing record. Not all collections have finding aids, and for those that do, many are still only in paper format. Library and Archives Canada is working on digitizing their finding aids and adding them to their Mikan records, available on their site.

For more information see the Frequently-Asked Questions at the Héritage Project website.

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1600s to 1900s
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Material is still being digitized. Check the site for updates.

LANL ArXiv E-Print Archive

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The LANL Archive is an archive of unrefereed preprints in the fields of physics, mathematics, non-linear science, computer science, and quantitative biology. It is run almost entirely automatically. Researchers from around the world may post their writing at no cost. Most postings are in English, but some appear in other languages. Postings can be accessed simply as a chronological listing in each subject area, or researchers may do searches by topic, author, etc.

This service has many advantages. It is completely free and available to everyone in the world (with a computer). Postings are publicly available within 24 hours of submission. A wide variety of formats are possible, allowing for more informal discussions of material such as might appear in a seminar.

This service also has a number of disadvantages. The most obvious is that it is up to the reader to judge the reliability of each posting. Many postings are written by reputable researchers and often published in peer reviewed journals. However, there is a certain amount of junk.

Use this site to find the latest information and unpublished material. Once it has been published, refer to the published article for your research.

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Free database - no subscription is required.

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1986 to present
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Daily

License Information Database

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A database to help us know the distribution rights associated with products we purchase.

Search for a package by name to see the rights associated with that license. Use the information provided to see if it's allowable to include material in:

  • Blackboard / Learning System (Trent's Course Management System), or
  • printed coursepacks.

The database also specifies:

  • if links can be created to specific items within the package (most allow this, but a few do not), or
  • if our library is permitted to loan material via Interlibrary Loans.

This database functions only at a package level. Use Get It! Trent Journal Titles Online to search at the journal level. When you search for a journal, information on usage rights is displayed for each licensed provider, with links back to the License database.

This database is currently under construction; information is not yet included for every license we have.

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The database is also known as the Online Usage Rights Database (OUR).

This information includes only licensed products purchased by the library. It does not cover general copyright regulations or fair dealing access. Our Copyright page provides Guidelines for the Use of Copyrighted Material and information on how obtain copyright clearance.

CRIS

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The Current Research Information System (CRIS) database is the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) documentation and reporting system for ongoing and recently completed research projects in agriculture, food and nutrition, and forestry.

CRIS contains over 30,000 descriptions of current, publicly-supported research projects of the USDA agencies, the State Agricultural Experiment Stations, the State land-grant colleges and universities, State schools of forestry, cooperating schools of veterinary medicine, and USDA grant recipients.

CRIS is a part of Information Systems and Technology Management, Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, and is located in the Waterfront Centre in Washington, DC.

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Searchable subfiles include: Human Nutrition Research (HNRIMS), ICAR and the Inventory of Canadian Agri-Food Research (ICAR).

You can also search the Science Information System, produced by the Biological Resources Division (BRD) of the U. S. Geological Survey. Click on CRIS Search Menu to link to the Science Information System.

The Assisted Search is recommended.

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Focus is on current and ongoing research.
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Ongoing

Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online

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For the most part, the biographies that appear in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online reproduce those that were originally commissioned by the Dictionary of Canadian Biography for its print version and were republished, some with minor corrections, in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, Volumes I-XIV. A selection of biographies from unpublished volumes is also included. The Dictionary of Canadian Biography, whose first volume appeared in 1966, is a joint project of the University of Toronto and the Université Laval and presents the work of researchers and writers in many fields from across Canada and around the world.

(from Background)

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Persons have been entered under family name rather than title, married name, pseudonym, stage name, popular name, nickname, or name in religion: Donald Alexander Smith, 1st Baron Strathcona and Mount Royal; Florence Daly Lucas (Thompson); Louis Gonnet, named Brother Réticius; Marie-Françoise Huot, named Sainte Gertrude. Where possible the form of the surname is based on the signature, although contemporary usage is taken into account. Common variant spellings are included in parenthesis.

Names of aboriginal people have presented a particular problem, since a person might be known by his/her own name (written in a variety of ways by people unfamiliar with aboriginal languages) and by a nickname or baptismal name. Moreover, some aboriginal families, such as the Copes [see John Noel Cope], adopted family surnames. Aboriginal names have been used when they could be found, and, because it is impossible to establish original spellings, the form generally chosen is the one found in standard sources at the time of original publication; variants are included in parenthesis: Ahchuchwahauhhatohapit (Ahchacoosacootacoopits, Star Blanket). Métis, unless they remained wholly within aboriginal cultures, are entered under their "European" name: Louis Guiboche. To assist readers who go back to contemporary documents, the names of aboriginal bands have been given in a form likely to be found in those documents.

(from Help)

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Up to 1930
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Not currently updated. The print editions are updated annually. Call number: F 5009 .D53 Ref.

DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals

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This service covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals. The aim is to cover all subjects and languages. There are over 5500 journals in the directory. Currently over 2350 journals are searchable at the article level and more than 460,000 articles are included in the DOAJ service.

"Open access" journals are defined as journals that use a funding model that does not charge readers or their institutions for access. The journal must exercise peer-review or editorial quality control to be included.See more information.

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This site is maintained by support from membership. Through OCUL, Trent is a member of the DOAJ.

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Varies by title.
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Ongoing.
Stable URL: 

A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web.

To find a stable URL to an article, look for the line that says:
The electronic version of this article is the complete one and can be found online at:

 
You may also find a doi link.

To link to a particular article, use the doi at the end of this url:
http://dx.doi.org/

Example: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-7-148

Do not use the proxy prefix for these journals, since they don't have restricted access.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online

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Use Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) to access the digital images of every page of 150,000 books published during the 18th Century. With full-text searching of approximately 26 million pages, the product allows researchers new methods of access to critical information in the fields of history, literature, religion, law, fine arts, science and more.

The collection will include every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom, along with thousands of important works from the Americas. The collection is an ongoing project based on The English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC), a machine-readable union list of the holdings of the British Library, as well as those from more than 1,500 university, private, and public libraries worldwide.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online captures the essence of the Enlightenment in Great Britain between 1701 and 1800. As the eighteenth century opened, the expiration of the strict controls that previously existed over printing, coupled with the birth of the Industrial Revolution, resulted in the proliferation of printing operations across the country—and in turn, created an explosion of literacy. For the first time, a large segment of the population was exposed to a vast array of printed material. Social and economic criticism flourished; theories on man and society were set forth and debated. A variety of materials is included—from books and broadsides, Bibles, tract books and sermons to printed ephemera—with works by many well-known and lesser-known authors, all providing a diverse collection of material for the researcher of the eighteenth century. A centerpiece of this collection is the complete works of twenty-eight major eighteenth-century authors including:

• Henry Fielding
• Edmund Burke
• Alexander Pope
• Thomas Paine
• Benjamin Franklin
• Jonathan Swift

Also included are significant collections of women writers of the eighteenth century, collections on the French Revolution, and numerous eighteenth-century editions of the works of Shakespeare. Where they add scholarly value or contain important differences, multiple editions of each individual work are offered (including all 500 editions of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe) to enable scholars to make textual comparisons of the works.

(From the website)

 

Eighteenth Century Collection Online via Text Creation Partnership provides 2,231 highly accurate, fully-searchable, SGML/XML-encoded texts from the ECCO collection representing some of the most used volumes from the collection.

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Each page is an image of the printed original document.

You can choose to simultaneously search Early English Books Online (books), by clicking in the box that offers this option.

Click here to connect to Eighteenth Century Collections Online.

Click here to connect to Eighteenth Century Collections Online via the Text Creation Partnership

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Only books published in the 1700's.
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Ongoing

ERIC

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ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) provides free access to more than 1.2 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials and, if available, includes links to full text. ERIC is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

The ERIC collection includes bibliographic records (citations, abstracts, and other pertinent data) for more than 1.2 million items indexed since 1966, including:

  • journal articles
  • books
  • research syntheses
  • conference papers
  • technical reports
  • policy papers, and
  • other education-related materials

ERIC currently indexes more than 600 journals, the majority of which are indexed comprehensively — every article in each issue is included in ERIC. Some journals are indexed selectively — only those articles that are education-related are selected for indexing.

In addition, contributors have given ERIC permission to display more than 115,000 full-text materials in PDF format - at no charge. These materials are generally part of the recent "grey literature" such as conference papers and reports, rather than journal articles and books. Most materials published 2004 and forward include links to other sources, including publishers' Web sites. (from the website)

See "What's In ERIC?" for more details.

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The ERIC database is available from various providers, as well as the public website. These providers recognize Trent users and include the Get It Trent! link to full text articles.

Click here to connect to ERIC on the public website.
Click here to connect to ERIC on the ProQuest site.

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1966-Current.
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Monthly.

Evans Early American Imprint Collection - Text Creation Partnership

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4,977 accurately keyed and fully searchable SGML/XML text editions from among the 40,000 titles available in the Evans Early American Imprints Collection of printed source material relating to the history, literature, and culture of the first 250 years of what is now the United States, between 1640 and 1821.

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Each page is an image of the printed original document.

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Books, pamphlets, and broadsides known to have been printed in the United States between 1640 and 1821.
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Not updated regularly.

World Development Indicators

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The World Bank’s annual compendium of economic, social, environmental, business, and technology indicators. A statistical database, World Development Indicators (WDI)   provides direct access to more than 600 development  indicators, with time series for 208 countries and 18 country groups from 1960 to 2004, where data are available.

Find a list of countries and indicators on the website. For help using the database, click on the ? once you are connected.

Access to the full text of the printed book is available here.

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Download your results into Excel for data presentation.

Coverage: 
1960-current
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Twice a year in April and September.

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