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America: History and Life
Provides historical coverage of the United States and Canada from prehistory to the present. Includes information abstracted from over 2,000 journals published worldwide.
Multidisciplinary social science and humanities publications containing journals and e-book collections from Quebec University Presses including: Presses de l'Université de Montréal, Presses de l'Université Laval, Publications du CRIR. Erudit Cultural Magazines collection is not included in McGill's subscription.
Repère is an index to articles from the most widely read French-language periodicals distributed in Quebec.
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Newspapers & Magazines
Newspapers and magazines are excellent places to find ads, and especially to see ads in context. The links below include places to find newspapers and magazines from across Canada. For a greater selection of Canadian newspapers, see the Newspapers Guide.
McGill Student Publications
The McGill Student publications collection comprises a variety of publications from 1875 to 2001.
Old McGill Yearbooks
The Old McGill yearbooks from 1898-2000 have been digitized, and can serve as an excellent way to research individuals.
Maclean's Magazine Archive
Maclean's Magazine Archive, offering content from 1905-2015, a Canadian news and general interest magazine, provides a unique perspective on both national and international affairs.
You can search for advertisements by searching a keyword (e.g., soap) and selecting "advertisement" under Document Type. To browse issues, click Publications at the top, then click Maclean's Magazine. You can then navigate by year on the righthand side.
Canadiana Serials Collection
The Serials collection includes a wide range of dailies, weeklies, specialized journals and mass-market magazines, as well as city directories and annual reports from churches, schools, and corporations. Features 1700 periodical titles with 95,000 issues.
CBCA (Canadian Business & Current Affairs Database)
A longstanding, comprehensive Canadian periodical collection covering multiple subjects and topics, with millions of full-text records. Accessible to readers and researchers at every level, it features a diversified mix of publications, including scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, reports, radio and television transcripts, news, and dissertations.
Over 7,000 U.S. and Canadian advertisements covering five product categories - Beauty and Hygiene, Radio, Television, Transportation, and World War II propaganda - dated between 1911 and 1955.
J. Walter Thompson: Advertising America (Adam Matthew)
Documents the history, operation, policies and accomplishments of one of the world's largest and oldest advertising firms. The papers here reveal many aspects of twentieth-century cultural, social, business, marketing, consumer and economic history while investigating the human psyche.
Although as the title indicates this database is focused on America, there is Canadian content. Search in the "International Publications, 1914-2014" series, and in the 3rd-level Series "Canada Office Publications".
Find more periodicals in the Library Catalogue by searching for individual titles, or by searching Subject Headings. For example:
- ti:The Canadian Queen
- ti:Canadian Home Journal
- su: Canadian periodicals
- su: Women's periodicals, Canadian (English)
You can also limit on the lefthand side to "Journal, Magazine" or "Newspapers" for better results.
Gov Docs & Laws
Halsbury’s Laws of Canada
Canadian legal encyclopedia.
This is a useful resource for when you don’t know which statutes to look for, for example if you search “temperance” you find a reference to the 1878 Scott Act, and a bit of information on its evolution and other related statutes to look up.
Citing Canadian Government Documents
The Chicago Manual of Style offers only limited guidance on citing Canadian Government Documents. Refer instead to the excellent guide from the SFU Library linked below.
History as a discipline uses the Chicago Manual of Style (17th edition) for citations, and usually the Notes-Bibliography form. This requires creating properly formatted footnotes footnotes and a Bibliography for your assignments. Resources to understand the Chicago style of citations are included below.
McGill Librarians offer two virtual Chicago Citation Style workshops per term. Follow this link to find and register for upcoming workshops!
Attend a workshop to learn how to use Zotero or EndNote, useful citation management systems. Zotero is highly recommended for History students!
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