Canadian Studies

Oxford Journals Online

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As a major international publisher of academic and research journals, Oxford Journals publishes and develops titles in partnership with the world's most prestigious learned societies.

The collection includes over 180 titles covering Life Sciences, Mathematics & Physical Sciences, Medicine, Social Sciences, Humanities, and Law, and including some of the most authoritative journals in their fields. (from the website)

Access to journals is available by searching, browsing by title, and browsing by subject.

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All journals have been optimized for mobile devices. If you access the journal website on a mobile device, you will be automatically redirected to the mobile version. The mobile site is prefixed with "m". See more.

These journals may be accessed in several ways. They can be searched or browsed individually on the publisher's or Scholars Portal site, or they can be searched as part of the E-Journals database on Scholars Portal Search.

Individual titles may also be found on our shelves in print. Check TOPCAT for individual titles in print or online.

E-Mails of table of contents alerts are available for all Oxford Journals.

November 2010:
Oxford is pleased to announce the successful migration of all Oxford Journals content to the latest version of the HighWire Press online platform, known as HighWire 2.0. All journals published by Oxford - over 1.2 million journal articles - are now benefitting from the more user-friendly, dynamic, and standards based platform.

Access also available via Scholars Portal.

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Availability varies by title; with some archives dating from 1995 onwards, and others from 2002.
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Ongoing
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A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web. This database uses the doi system to create a stable link.

To link to a particular article via doi, look for the line that provides a doi and use it create a link.

Example:
DOI: 10.1016/j.asr.2009.02.013
Link: http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.asr.2009.02.013

To ensure off-campus access, include the proxy prefix:
http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=

Since this database also contains links to Get it! you can use the "Save Citation" data to create a link to the article.

Oxford Digital Reference Shelf

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Oxford Reference Library offers over 300,000 "Overview" pages, providing a quick definition for every unique topic;  270 "Timelines"; a new online-only Quotations title; and regularly published topical theme articles.  Reference books are also included.

Many book titles are locked (you'll see a lock icon) because our Library has not purchased access. To see only available works, click "Show full text results only".

The titles available to Trent are listed below, with a direct link. To search within a book, use the "Search within work" box instead of the main search box (to avoid links to unavailable works).

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Each title in this collection is also entered in TOPCAT.

Previously called Oxford Digital Reference Shelf, this database changed name, platform and location in September 2012.  Now there's a search engine to search all books at once, however it includes titles unavailable to Trent, so you'll find locked content. If you are asked to purchase access or to recommend a title to your Library for purchase, it's because we don't have access to that title.  Look for links that don't have a lock icon beside them.

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Varies by title; all recent
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A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web.

In Oxford Reference, the url in the address bar of your browser should work as a stable url.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

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56,000 biographies of people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond, from the earliest times to the year 2009.

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, in association with the British Academy is the first point of reference for anyone interested in the lives of the peoples of the British Isles and their connections overseas, from the earliest times to the end of the year 2009. It is the product of research instituted at the University of Oxford and funded by the British Academy—Britain's national academy for the humanities and the social sciences—and by Oxford University Press. It is the achievement of 10,000 contributors and advisers, a worldwide community co-ordinated by project staff in Oxford.

The Oxford DNB aims to provide full, accurate, concise, and readable articles on noteworthy people in all walks of life, which present current scholarship in a form accessible to all. No living person is included: the Dictionary's articles are confined to people who died before 31 December 2009. It covers people who were born and lived in the British Isles, people from the British Isles who achieved recognition in other countries, people who lived in territories formerly connected to the British Isles at a time when they were in contact with British rule, and people born elsewhere who settled in the British Isles for significant periods or whose visits enabled them to leave a mark on British life.

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Access is limited to 1 simultaneous user.

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Up to 2009 (date of death).
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3 times a year
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A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web. At the bottom of each entry you'll find persistent links.

In the DNB, the url of the entry is provided, including the date it was accessed, for entry into a bibliography. The information before the comma and date is a persistent link.

Example: [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/16119, accessed 4 March 2008]
The persistent link is: http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/16119

To ensure off-campus access, include the proxy prefix:
http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/16119

 

The DNB also uses the doi system to create a stable link.

To link to a particular article, look for the line that says:
doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/xxxxx

To ensure off-campus access, include the proxy prefix and the doi website:
http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/

Example: http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/16119

OurOntario.ca

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OurOntario.ca is an online resource discovery tool - a portal to Ontario's digital collections - one place for users to discover, search, navigate and interact with digital content about and from Ontario. Text, audio, video and image digital materials about Ontario history, heritage and culture, of interest to researchers, students, genealogists, educators, information professionals and the general populace that has until now only been available locally is globally accessible and discoverable via the OurOntario.ca portal.

You can search thousands of digital resources available from a range of diverse cultural organizations without actually needing to know where the digital content is located. Search results link you to the digital collections residing on the participating contributor's website.

Scope of OurOntario.ca Collections

  • The digital resources available through the OurOntario.ca portal includes material about Ontario, or digital resources in the custody of libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, heritage and community groups, and from private collections in Ontario.
  • The subject matter of the digital resources accessible via OurOntario.ca is inclusive of all facets of Ontario life and culture, history, government, business and scientific heritage. OurOntario.ca also points to Ontario content from collections in other parts of the country.
  • Digital resources available on OurOntario.ca are in the public domain, or comply with Canadian copyright regulations.
  • Ownership of the digital resources available through or hosted by OurOntario.ca remains with the originating site or contributing institution.

For more information go to About Us.

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This online resource is funded by the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Culture, as part of Knowledge Ontario.

OED Online

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The Oxford English Dictionary is the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past. It traces the usage of words through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cookery books.

The OED covers words from across the English-speaking world, from North America to South Africa, from Australia and New Zealand to the Caribbean. It also offers the best in etymological analysis and in listing of variant spellings, and it shows pronunciation using the International Phonetic Alphabet.

As the OED is a historical dictionary, its entry structure is very different from that of a dictionary of current English, in which only present-day senses are covered, and in which the most common meanings or senses are described first. For each word in the OED, the various groupings of senses are dealt with in chronological order according to the quotation evidence, i.e. the senses with the earliest quotations appear first, and the senses which have developed more recently appear further down the entry. In a complex entry with many strands, the development over time can be seen in a structure with several 'branches'.

(from the website - see more)

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Ongoing. This is the 2nd edition.

ODESI

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(Ontario Data Documentation, Extraction Service and Infrastructure) is a growing data resource that will include Statistics Canada datasets released through DLI (e.g. Census, PUMFs, Special Surveys, General Social Surveys, Health Surveys) , public opinion data (e.g. Gallup Canada, POLLARA, Listening to Canadians, Centre for Research and Information on Canada), public-domain files such as the Canadian National Election Surveys and selected files from the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR).

Data can be searched, analysed and extracted. Tables can be saved in Excel or Adobe format. Full datasets or subsets can be downloaded into statistical packages (SPSS, SAS, STATA, Statistica, etc.).

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Ongoing
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A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web. This database uses the doi system to create a stable link.

To link to a particular article, look for the line that says:
To link to full-text access for this article, visit this link: http://dx.doi.org/####.###.

To ensure off-campus access, include the proxy prefix:
http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=

Example: http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jbbm.2007.04.008

North American Indian Thought and Culture

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Contains over 119,000 pages of text and images. Included are biographies, auto-biographies, personal narratives, speeches, diaries, letters, and oral histories. The database represents the largest compilation ever created of biographical information on indigenous peoples from all areas of North America.

The database is dedicated to telling the life stories of both the well-known historical figures such as Pocahontas and Sitting Bull, and also the lesser-known men and women whose day-to-day experiences give an equally valuable portrayal of Indian culture.

The collection is comprised of material that covers the entire history of North America; from 17th century accounts of the first encounters involving Indians and European colonists to the stories of aboriginals living in a 21st century world. Every stage of life is represented—birth, adolescence, adulthood, and death. Future releases will contain a comprehensive index of the entire Doris Duke Indian Oral History project that is held at the seven repository universities across the United States. For the first time, researchers will be able search the subject matter discussed in those oral histories as well as cross-reference it with other materials in the database.

The collection presents the entire spectrum of native peoples' experiences from their own point of view. Firsthand accounts reveal how Indians lived, thought, and fought to protect their interests; how the tribes interacted with each other and the white invaders; how they reacted to the constantly changing and challenging situations they faced; and how they struggled to maintain their cultures while living in a society that often expects them to abandon it for acculturation. Many of the biographies are about Indians pursuing their everyday lives and reflecting on what was happening to them. These accounts offer a direct window on Indian attitudes toward the earliest European settlers and the resultant transformations that took place, first as trade was established and later as displacement forced tribes into unfamiliar territories.

(from the website)

This is an Alexander Street database, unique because they provide full text and primary documents. You can browse or search for people, events, encounters, authors, flora, fauna, places, and years. Link to the full text or image.

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This database includes the images and full text of the documents included.

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from the 17th century to the present
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Irregularly

National Film Board Online Screening Room

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For over 70 years the National Film Board of Canada has been creating documentaries, films and animations. Now they are providing streaming video access to almost 3,000 films, clips and trailers from the NFB collection via their website.

Some films are public, but others require a subscription; use the link from our library homepages for access to all the content we pay for.  Or, search TOPCAT to find the videos we have access to.

Trent also subscribes to CAMPUS, the media tool for educators. This includes more than 500 top educational films, educational resources like teaching guides and tools that allow you to create your own clips and playlists.

Access to CAMPUS features requires a personal account. Create your own account:

  • Go to nfb.ca/education and create a profile (or login to your existing profile, if you have one already) by clicking on sign in.
  • On the next page, for "Find your school" search for Trent University, select it, and click "Continue".
  • Click on the link to "Education".
  • From now on, you can log in to your account any time you wish and view NFB titles under our campus license.
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See the Mobile Access information for NFB.

Most of the videos available on this site can be found by searching TOPCAT, which provides a link to the video.

Trent has purchased the performance rights to access these video resources for classroom use.

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

NFB Online Screening Room provides a unique url for each video, which you can copy from the "address" bar and use later.

Mass Observation Online

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Original manuscript and typescript papers created and collected by the Mass-Observation organisation, together with printed publications, photographs and interactive maps. The documents are from the Special Collections Library, University of Sussex.

Mass Observation Online offers revolutionary access to one of the most important archives for the study of Social History in the modern era.  The material covers:

  • The end of the ‘Hungry Thirties’ when the impact of the Depression was still being felt;
  • The onset of war, the Blitz and war on the home front;
  • The post war world, with the rise of consumerism and television.

The archive has always been immensely popular with students because it offers immediate and engaging evidence of major trends such as the increasing role of women in work, the birth of the welfare state, anti-Semitism and anti-communism, the growth of secularism and the increasing importance of radio, television and cinema in people’s lives.  Through interviews, overheard conversations, directive responses and diary entries it offers brilliant cameos describing life in the jazz halls, what people thought of the movies they saw, how people survived the random terror of the Blitz, and where they lived and worked.

Additional features include interactive maps, a bibliography, a chronology, and a collection of photographs by Humphrey Spender.

(From the website)

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Includes images, maps, photographs.

Available from Adam Matthew Digital through a CRKN agreement (Available until 2019).

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1937-1972
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N/A
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A stable url (or persistent link) is a link that connects a user to a particular item in a database or on the web.

A persistent link in this database is the link to the .pdf document.

Libris Canadiana

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The Libris database provides word, title, author and subject access to material published in a number of Canadian periodicals of historical significance, including Maclean's Magazine, The Financial Post, The Monetary Times of Canada, Massey's Magazine, The Canadian Bookman, The Canadian Magazine, Saturday Night and The University Magazine.

For students, researchers and the general public, the database is nothing less than a window into the social and cultural life of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Libris is growing, and currently contains some 250,000 citations, with annotations (and for Maclean's Magazine, comprehensive abstracts).

(from the website)

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Since the online versions of these periodicals are not available for these time periods, look for them on microfilm or in print, using TOPCAT. Use this index to determine when the articles were published.

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Varies by title: Annotated Index to The Canadian Bookman Annotated Index to The Canadian Magazine, 1893-1910 Index to Maclean's Magazine, 1905-1976 Annotated Index to Massey's Magazine, 1896-1897 Index to The Monetary Times of Canada, 1867-1929 Index to Saturday Night, 1887-1945 Annotated Index to The University Magazine, 1901-1920 Annotated Index to Everywoman's World, 1914-1923
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Irregular/Yearly.
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There is no full text in this database.

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