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Subject Reference — History

America: History and Life (access limited to LAC on-site users)
A bibliographical database that indexes approximately 2,000 journals with abstracts or annotations. Covers the history and culture of the U.S. and Canada (from prehistoric times to the present). Coverage 1964- . Includes approximately 400,000 bibliographic entries.

Avalon Project at Yale Law School: Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy
Provides access to primary source materials in the fields of law, history, economics, politics, diplomacy and government. Coverage: Pre 18th century - present.

WWW Virtual Library History Index
Comprehensive site linking to history related web resources: research - methods and materials, eras and epochs, historical topics, by countries and regions.

Subject Reference

History — Canada

Black History Canada
An in-depth and comprehensive annotated guide to online resources on the history of Canada's black community developed by Historica. The For Teachers section includes additional resources and an annotated bibliography.

Canada in the Making
Rich resource from Early Canadiana Online/CIHM ( Includes thematic sections (Canada's Constitutional History, Aboriginals: Treaties and Relations, Pioneers and Immigrants), primary documents, biographies, maps and images, topical articles, teachers' resources.

Canada's Historic Places
Provides access to Canadian Register of Historic Places, a database of historic places formally recognized by local, provincial and territorial governments, and by the federal government.

Canadian Military History Gateway
Gateway to military history resources on the websites of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Canadian War Museum, the Department of National Defence, Library and Archives Canada, the National Film Board of Canada, Parks Canada,and Veterans Affairs Canada.

Canadian Century Research Infrastructure
The Canadian Century Research Infrastructure (CCRI) is a five-year, pan-Canadian initiative to develop a set of interrelated databases centered on census records for the 1911-1951 period. Provides Canadian Census resources from 1852 to the present and links to other related research projects.

Canadian War Museum
Helpful resources available on this site include: Democracy at War, a fully searchable digitized collection of WWII newspaper clippings and extensive contextual essays; online publications; and information about the Canadian War Museum's Military History Research Centre.

Canadiana Discovery Portal
Portal to online digital content from collections across Canada. Produced by

Champlain Society
The mission of the Champlain Society is to increase public awareness of, and accessibility to, Canada's rich store of historical records. Many of the Society's publications have been digitized and can be searched and viewed in their Digital Collection.

Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online
The Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online provides access to the full texts of all the published volumes of this major Canadian research work. A key feature of the DCB Online is the search interface permitting keyword searching of the full text of all volumes.

Early Canadiana Online
Digital library of over 13,000 volumes from the first European contact to the early 20th century. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of early official publications, literature, women's history, travel and exploration, native studies and the history of French Canada. Produced by
The Web site of Historica, a foundation dedicated to increasing knowledge among Canadians of their heritage. The site integrates material from the CRB Heritage Project.

Library and Archives Canada - Topics Pages
The website of the Library and Archives Canada offers many resources on historical themes: exploration and settlement, politics and government, aboriginal peoples, Military Heritage.

Web site dedicated to history of Manitoba includes thematic sections (e.g. Birth of Manitoba, Manitoba School Questions, 1919 Strike), digitized newspapers, first-hand accounts from letters, memoirs and diaries, drawings, maps and photos as well as resources for educators.

McCord Museum
The McCord Museum database contains images and information on artifacts from the collection and images taken from the Notman Photographic Archives. Keys to History focuses on major events in Canadian history and daily life for the period 1840 -1945.

New France - New Horizons
Comprehensive research portal on the French colonial period in America. Includes a virtual exhibition and a large database of digitized documents: maps and plans, letters and reports, and other archival documents related to New France. Provides links to related websites on New France.

Our Future, Our Past: The Alberta Heritage Digitization Project
Includes digitized versions of hundreds of local histories; early Alberta newspapers; the Statutes of Alberta from 1906 to 1990; and the Alberta Folklore and Local History Collection, a digitized archive of manuscripts, reminiscences, stories, plays, poems, photographs.

Our Roots/Nos Racines: Canada's Local Histories Online
Online fully searchable collection of digitized local histories from across the country. Includes early and more recently published local histories.

Parks Canada - National Historic Sites
Provides access to information on National Historic Sites; a searchable directory of places, persons,and events of national significance; Parks Canada cultural heritage initiatives; information on Grave Sites of Canadian Prime Ministers, and to the This Week in History Archive.

Peel's Prairie Provinces
Online version of the authoritative Peel's Bibliography of the Canadian Prairies plus the addition of fully searchable digitized documents. Includes accounts of exploration, travel and settlement; immigration literature, settlers' accounts and memoirs; local histories.

Veterans Affairs Canada
Helpful resources on this site include: the History section, the Canadian Virtual War Memorial that contains a registry of information about the graves and memorials of more than 116,000 Canadian military personnel who died in service; images and information on Canadian military medals and decorations; youth and educators page, and links to related sites. Use the search feature to find material on this rich site.