Indigenous Studies

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.

Center for Research Libraries

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This is a library collection that can be searched and items may be ordered for loan. A few items are available online through the e-collection.

The Center for Research Libraries makes available more than 4.5 million publications, archives, and collections and one million digital resources to its members libraries to supplement their own humanities, science, and social science holdings. Center materials can be obtained for extended loan periods and at no cost by users affiliated with member libraries. Last year, 92 percent of the Center’s interlibrary loan requests were sent by two-day express within one business day, and 90 percent of copies were delivered within one business day as well.

The Center’s resources include:

  • 6,500 international newspapers, many dating to the 1700s--the largest collection of circulating newspapers in North America
  • 4,500 U.S. newspapers, many dating to the colonial era, including 2,000 ethnic titles
  • Foreign journals that are rarely held in U.S. libraries
  • More than 800,000 foreign dissertations
  • Area Studies - Major microform and paper collections from Africa, Latin America, Middle East, Europe, Asia, Southeast Asia, and more.
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The majority of these resources are in print or on microform. They can be ordered through our ILL department. There is also a growing e-collection.

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Ongoing.

Credo Reference

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Credo Reference is an online reference library that provides you with access to a selection of reference books including encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri and books of quotations, not to mention a range of subject-specific titles covering everything from art to accountancy and literature to law.  (from the website)

Includes:

  • Language dictionaries
  • English dictionaries
  • Thesauri
  • Quotation dictionaries
  • Subject dictionaries and encyclopedias
  • Literature guides

See the 100 books available on Trent's subscription. (The selection of titles is reviewed annually and may change based on use.)

The following brief videos from Credo Reference demonstrate their product:

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Direct link to list of books.

This resource was formerly called xreferplus.

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Varies by title; all recent.
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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.

Find a stable link at the bottom of the record, under "Retrieved from...".  Add the proxy prefix http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=

A complete link will look like this:

http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=http://www.credoreference.com/entry/wileyazcsr/diversity

Criterion-on-Demand

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Criterion-on-Demand is an online digital delivery feature film system. Users may stream or download from a selection of over 2900 films ranging from classic film, documentaries, international film, North American feature films, cult classics, and more.

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Criterion-on-Demand makes use of the Microsoft Silverlight plug-in on both PC and Mac. Users wishing to stream or download films will need to have the plugin installed. See information and download for  Silverlight [external link].  NOTE: The Chrome browser no longer supports Silverlight; use Firefox or Safari.

Allows requests for films that Criterion holds the rights to that have not yet been added to the Criterion-on-Demand service (2-6 weeks). Requests should be sent with sufficient lead time to libraryhelp@trentu.ca and should include the 'show date' along with the film information.

Use of streaming media is covered by Copyright. Streaming media is for educational use to support study, teaching, and research and any content streamed through Criterion-on-Demand may not be copied or reproduced in any form. It is intended for instructors, students, or persons working under the authority of Trent University.

When streaming media is shown on Trent's premises for educational purposes, to an audience consisting primarily of students, instructors, or any person who is responsible for setting curriculum at Trent University, members of the general public may be present. Admission fees cannot be collected for public showings unless proof of performance rights have been obtained from the distributor/creator.

Streaming media, or media that is available for download through Criterion-on-Demand, cannot be used on other websites or computer environments such as third party websites or social media platforms.

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Various Dates. Studios include: 20th Century Fox, Paramount Pictures, DreamWorks SKG, Lionsgate Films, The Weinstein Company, Fox Searchlight, Alliance Films, Warner Brothers, Miramax Films, Mongrel Media, and more.
Update Frequency: 
Quarterly.
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The URL in the address bar of your browser usually works as a permanent link to a film.  Be sure to include the proxy prefix at the beginning: http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=

DeGruyter

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DeGruyter is a German academic publishing house. In 2011 DeGruyter acquired BEPress journals, access to the BEPress journals can now be done either through Scholars Portal (preferred) or directly through the DeGruyter site. There is a slight delay in coverage between Scholars Portal and DeGruyter with the most recent articles in a journal being available via DeGruyter before they appear in Scholars Portal.

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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.  

Via Scholars Portal:

1. There is a Permalink at the bottom of each record which is a stable url for that article.

If it doesn't already include the proxy information, add the proxy prefix to the beginning:

Example: http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=http://resolver.scholarsportal.info/resolve/10811680/v16i0001/49_trotcvpncoc2

2. Many journals in Scholars Portal Journals also use 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: 10.1080/10811680.2011.536498
Link: http://web2.trentu.ca:2048/login?url=http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10811680.2011.536498

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

DeGruyter is also DOI compliant.

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.
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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.

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.

Duke University Press Journals

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Journals
Duke University Press publishes and distributes more than thirty periodicals that span a stimulating range of disciplines within the humanities and sciences--from East Asian cultural studies to French history, from lesbian and gay studies to mathematics and the history of economic thought, from feminism, culture and media studies to medieval and early modern studies. (from the website)

These journals are browsable and searchable from the publisher's website AND on Scholars Portal Journals, where you can search them simultaneously with thousands of other online journals.

E-Books
We have over 1,500 e-books published by Duke University Press from 2010-2013 (coming Summer 2013).  They are accessed through ebrary and Scholars Portal Books.  They can also be found on TOPCAT, with links to the book on either site.

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Varies by title.
Update Frequency: 
Journals are monthly. Books are negotiated each 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.

See the pages for ebrary and Scholars Portal Books for linking to e-books. 

See the Scholars Portal Journals page for linking to journals on that site.

Journals on the Duke site:
Duke University Press Journals uses the doi system to create a stable link.

To link to a particular article, look for the line at the top of the abstract that says:

DOI:10.1215/01455532-2007-006

Add it to the end of this url:
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/DOI:10.1215/01455532-2007-006

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

Early Canadiana Online

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Early Canadiana Online (ECO) is a full text online collection of books and pamphlets documenting Canadian history from the first European contact to the late 19th century. The collection is particularly strong in literature, women's history, native studies, travel and exploration, and the history of French Canada.

Early Canadiana Online (ECO) is a digital library providing access to 2,008,165 pages of Canada's printed heritage. It features works published from the time of the first European settlers up to the early 20th Century.

ECO is produced by the Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions (CIHM), a nonprofit organization for preserving and providing access to early Canadian publications, first on microfiche and now online.

ECO began in 1997 as a pilot project to create an online digital library. Over three years, 550,000 pages of text were taken from the CIHM's microfiche collection and scanned into digital images. This part of the collection remains free and accessible to the general public.

The second phase of ECO began in 2000 and is scheduled to continue to 2004. During this time, 1,250,000 pages of colonial, federal, and provincial government publications will be scanned and published. This portion of the collection is available to all registered ECO members.

Along the way, a few special projects have also been added to the collection. These include 20,000 pages of text detailing the history of Hudson's Bay Company, and 22,500 pages of Jesuit Relations texts, translated into English by Reuben Thwaites. These collections are also accessible to the general public.

Individual collections include Canadian Women's History, Colonial Government Journals, The Early Governors General of Canada, Early Official Publications, English Canadian Literature, History of French Canada, Hudson's Bay, Jesuit Relations, and Native Studies.

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Part of the collection is available without a subscription; Trent subscribes to the entire collection.

Coverage: 
1500 -
Update Frequency: 
Irregularly

Early Encounters in North America: Peoples, Cultures, and the Environment

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Early Encounters in North America contains 1,482 authors and over 100,000 pages of  letters, diaries, memoirs and accounts of early encounters.  Particular care has been taken to index the material so that it can be used in new ways.  For example, you can identify all encounters between the French and the Huron between 1650 and 1700.

To begin with we needed to define an “encounter” and its key elements. An encounter took place between peoples, at a particular place, at a particular time. We came up with a definition and built a special database from the original materials. This table would, for the first time, allow users to see a chronological table of the major encounters, with one-click access to the primary materials that describe them.

The encounters database was also built to include fielded data indicating the “where, when, who, and what” of each encounter. The user could then consult the encounter database and jump directly to the relevant materials. It made it possible for users to answer perplexing questions with ease – for example, “How do the encounters between the Spanish and the Indians compare with those of the French and the Indians?”

(from the website)

This is an Alexander Street Press database, unique because they provide full text and primary documents. You can browse or search for people, events, encounters, authors, audio/video, 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.

Coverage: 
1600's to present
Update Frequency: 
Irregularly
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.

In this database, click on the symbol for "permalink" at the top of the page to see the persistent link for the item.

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