(From a press release by Canadiana.org, dated 7 February 2005)
Looking for reliable, curriculum-relevant Canadian content online? Visit the recently expanded and updated Canada in the Making site! It features hundreds of primary source documents interwoven into narratives on the history of Canada’s Constitution, Aboriginal treaties, and Pioneers and immigrants (new), with accompanying summaries. Easy to read, it has been reviewed and approved by one of Canada's senior historians and developed with teaching resources identifying curriculum outcomes, objectives and expectations for all provinces.
Canada in the Making was created by Canadiana.org, formerly the Canadian Institute for Historical Reproductions (CIHM), and can be accessed on its Early Canadiana Online (ECO) Web site at www.canadiana.org/citm.
The ECO data ase is available free to all Canadian elementary and high schools, thanks to the support of Canadian Heritage’s Canadian Culture Online Program, Library and Archives Canada, numerous Canadian libraries,and various public and private sponsors.
"The Canadian Geographic and Reader's Digest Canada have joined forces to produce the first comprehensive all-Canadian atlas of the new century."
The Canadian Atlas: Our Nation, Environment and People has been published to commemorate the 75th anniversary of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society. John Thomson, CEO and publisher of Canadian Geographic notes "It is driven by the assumption that planetary health is of overarching value."
Features of the 192 - page atlas include 42 detailed reference maps, more than 32,000 place names in its gazetteer, and a 38-page thematic section.
The Oxford English Dictionary is a very essential and important reference source. In addition to using the set available in the Reference Room, you can also access the dictionary online via the library's website (off-campus use requires proxy authentication) by linking from the library catalogue, connecting through the articles and databases section, or from the Quick Search box.
"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." (from the OED website)
Edited by Sana Loue and Martha Sajatovic
This single-volume encyclopedia is one of the newest additions to the Reference Collection.
"Women's health is a multifaceted subject, and the up-to-date reference book requires considerable social awareness in addition to wide-ranging clinical knowledge. The Encyclopedia of Women's Health meets this challenge by bringing together an impressive fully edited volume, informed by current health issues and health-care realities, offers readers practical information, historical aspects, and future directions, all meticulously researched and conveniently presented." (from book's cover)
ProQuest Digital Dissertations provides access to the most current two years of citations and abstracts in the Dissertation Abstracts database, including 24-page previews.
What is a dissertation?
A dissertation is a lengthy paper that presents a new point of view resulting from research which has been conducted in order to obtain an advanced degree, usually a Ph.D. Your professor most likely had to write one.
How are they useful?
Incorporating material from dissertations into your paper takes it to the next level since they present new research and analysis. You should especially consider a dissertation database if you are doing an honour's thesis or independent study.
It can save you time. A regular feature of dissertations is a literature review. The literature review will summarise major studies already done in the field - instead of you having to figure it out by yourself!
But it's not full-text
You're right, but it does contain 24-page previews for most of the dissertations. The first 24 pages will generally contain an overview of the findings and the literature review.
Many dissertations are also published in scholarly journals in condensed form. Try searching for the author's name in Google Scholar... we may have access to the full-text (make sure you're logged into myCybrary first).
From the main screen select Search in the upper left corner. Then type in your keywords (e.g. cryptography, quantum mechanics, children's literature, etc.) then click Search. You can also browse what the database has by discipline by clicking Browse in the upper left corner.
While dissertations are a valuable source for current research, keep in mind that the quality of dissertations can vary widely. So read carefully.
JSTOR, short for Journal Storage, is a database that offers researchers the ability to retrieve scanned images of journal issues as they were originally designed, printed and illustrated. The JSTOR database is unique because it contains the complete backfiles of scholarly journals, beginning with the very first issue of each title. However, JSTOR is not a current issues database. Because of JSTOR's archival mission, there is often a gap, typically from one to five years, between a journal's most recently published issue and the content available through JSTOR.
JSTOR provides two methods of accessing its content: searching and browsing.
Browsing in JSTOR is useful when you want to find information on a particular discipline but do not have a specific article or journal in mind. University of Winnipeg Library users can browse through 27 disciplines (see below). When you select a discipline, you can select from a list of scholarly journals that relate to the discipline. This is particularly advantageous if you are unsure which journals should be consulted when you begin your research. Once a journal title is chosen, you can select the time period or the particular issues you would like to consult. You can then browse the titles of specific articles per issue or read the articles online.
University of Winnipeg library users can browse the following disciplines via JSTOR:
|African American Studies|| ||General Science|
|African Studies|| ||Geography||Anthropology|| ||History||Archaeology|| ||History of Science & Technology|
|Botany|| ||Language & Literature|
|Business|| ||Latin American Studies|
|Classical Studies|| ||Mathematics|
|Ecology|| ||Middle EastStudies|
|Education|| ||Political Science|
|Finance|| ||Population Studies|
| || ||Sociology|
| || ||Statistics|
Searching in JSTOR is useful when you know more precisely the information you are seeking. You can search the JSTOR archive by conducting a Basic Search, an Advanced Search or an Expert Search.
When searching in basic mode, search terms are compared with every word in the body of the articles as well as the citation information (e.g., author, title, etc). The basic search also allows you to formulate more narrowly-defined searches (field-searches) where only the author, title, abstract, or caption field is searched. Instructions on how to do this are available on JSTOR’s Basic_Search page.
When searching via Advanced_Search, you have the option of narrowing your searches by field (such as author, article title, abstract), by type of document (such as article, review, opinion pieces), by date, by journal title, and by discipline. Expert_Search allows you to formulate your own search queries using Boolean operators, field delimiters and JSTOR search syntax. Please consult JSTOR_Search Tips for more detailed information on the best way to search JSTOR.
Access to current content
Although JSTOR is not a current issues database, it has recently taken initiative in linking the older issues of titles archived by JSTOR with the more recent issues published online. For twenty-eight titles common to JSTOR and Project MUSE®, scholars are now able to search and browse the title, author, and abstract information for articles in the recent issues in addition to searching the full text for the past articles in JSTOR. By using JSTOR, users can now follow direct links to recent full-text articles available in Project MUSE.
More information about JSTOR
More detailed information about JSTOR is available here.
For help with JSTOR and any other of our databases or services, consult our expert reference staff or use our online Live Help service by clicking on the Live Help logo found at the top of this page.
Sources used to make this guide:
JSTOR – The Scholarly Journal Archive. <
McCaffrey, Meg & Walter Minkel. An Academic Treasure Chest.
School Library Journal. May 2001, Vol. 47, Issue 5.
JSTOR User Guide. University of Manchester. http://www.jisc.ac.uk/uploaded_documents/jstor_ug.pdf