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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.
CBCA (Canadian Business & Current Affairs Database)
A longstanding, comprehensive Canadian periodical collection covering multiple subjects and topics, with millions of full-text records.
*Can be used to find both secondary and primary sources depending on topic!
Multidisciplinary social science and humanities publications containing journals and e-book collections from Quebec University Presses. Interface available in English and French.
Repère is an index to articles from the most widely read French-language periodicals distributed in Quebec.
ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Global
Full-text of dissertations from McGill University as well as 3,100 worldwide universities. Full-text PDFs available for all non-embargoed dissertations and theses from 1997 – forward, with select full text available prior to 1997.
Library can facilitate negotiating text-mining rights for this database for McGill faculty and students wishing to acquire the rights with their own research funds. Please contact Digital Scholarship Hub
Theses Canada / Thèses Canada
Theses Canada, launched in 1965 at the request of the deans of Canadian graduate schools, is a collaborative program between Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and Canadian universities. It strives to:
- acquire and preserve theses and dissertations from participating universities
- provide free access to Canadian digital theses and dissertations in the collection
- facilitate access to non-digital theses and dissertations in the collection
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Virtual library of full-text historical content about Canada, including books, government documents, maps, and more.
Indigenous Peoples of North America (Gale)
Digital collection of primary sources containing manuscripts, monographs, newspapers, photographs, motion pictures, and artwork exploring the impact of invasion and colonization on Indigenous Peoples in North America, as well as the intersection of Indigenous and European histories and systems of knowledge. Primarily 19th-century documents.
North American Indian Thought and Culture (Alexander Street Press)
Integrates autobiographies, biographies, Native American and Canadian First Peoples publications, oral histories, personal writings, photographs, drawings, and audio files. Includes documents from 1500-2000.
Frontier Life : Borderlands, Settlement & Colonial Encounters (Adam Matthew)
Contains primary source documents around life on the edges of the anglophone world from 1650-1920, covering European and colonial frontier regions of North America, Africa and Australasia. Documents reveal the lives of settlers and indigenous peoples in these areas.
Early Encounters in North America (Alexander Street Press)
Contains published and unpublished items by 1,482 authors including letters, diaries, memoirs and accounts of early encounters with North American indigenous peoples.
North American Women's Letters and Diaries (Alexander Street Press)
A collection of letters and diaries written by over 1,300 women who lived in North America from the 17th to the 20th century.
Digitized resources from the BAnQ; try filtering by year.
McCord Museum - Indigenous Cultures Collection
The Indigenous Cultures collection is composed of over 16,000 archaeological and historical objects covering nearly 12,000 years of history; over 6,000 are available in the online collection.
Gallica de la BnF
Gallica est la bibliothèque numérique de la Bibliothèque nationale de France. En libre accès, elle regroupe des livres numérisés, des cartulaires, des revues, des photos et une collection d'enluminures.
France in America
This online collection presents digitized items from the Library of Congress collection that explore the history of the French presence in North America from the first decades of the 16th century to the end of the 19th century.
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