Our databases are a collection of information, organized for you to search. They provide access to a wealth of useful research materials including: academic journals, newspapers, magazines, e-books, relevant web resources, and various multimedia. All databases come from reliable sources.
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Canadiana online is a full-text searchable database that includes books, journals and government publications documenting Canadian History. The e-book collection, spans three and a half centuries of Canadian documentary history, holds rich primary materials exploring a wide range of subjects and disciplines. Topics range from major historical events to the development of institutions, laws, and science; from Canadian literature to philosophical treatises; from agriculture to politics, trade, and tariffs. The Serials collection includes a wide range of daily and weekly newspapers, specialized journals, and mass-market magazines, as well as city directories and annual reports from churches, schools, and corporations. Specialized publications include trade or industry journals as well as many men’s, women’s, student’s and children’s popular magazines. Early periodicals are an invaluable source of information for researchers in all fields, as they offer a remarkable record of thought and opinion on diverse issues. Lavishly-illustrated journals open a captivating window onto early Canadian society and culture through their articles, advertisements, cartoons, drawings, and photographs. The Government Publications collection includes over 1.7 million pages of historical pre-1920 colonial, provincial and federal government documents. This collection includes government acts, bills, committee reports, court rules, debates, journals, ordinances, a selection of official publications from France and Great Britain, sessional papers, regulations, royal commission reports, voter’s lists, and treaties.
Gale Primary sources
Gale Primary Sources is a universal research experience that combines Gale's acclaimed digital archives in a single cross-search interface. This powerful platform greatly enhances the research experience for students and researchers by broadening their discovery of primary source documents through the use of multiple search options and research tools. The Gale Primary Sources cross-search interface provides access to millions of pages of content spanning many centuries and geographic regions. Users can explore a wide range of content including monographs, manuscripts, newspapers, photographs, maps, and more. As Gale continues to create additional digital archives, we will automatically add the content to the Gale Primary Sources cross-search experience.
Hathi Trust Digital Library
As a digital repository for the nation's great research libraries, HathiTrust brings together the immense collections of partner institutions. It was initially conceived as a collaboration of the thirteen universities of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, the University of California system, and the University of Virginia to establish a repository for those universities to archive and share their digitized collections, and quickly expanded to include additional partners with fast growing treasure of digitized collections.
Primary sources access and build (plan A)
University of Calgary IP access only. Access individual databases through the library search box for off campus access.
Primary Sources Access and Build is a collection of ProQuest databases containing primary source content from newspapers, magazines, books, manuscripts, U.S. and UK Government Documents, and more. ProQuest Primary Sources Access and Build, with its rich content, supports the need for varied content types in support of researchers and students. Broad categories covered include fine arts; history; news,newspapers, and periodicals; and social science. This landing page provides access to the individual databases included in this collection as well as product information for those databases.
19th century UK periodicals
This database contains 2.1 million pages of periodicals published in Great Britain from 1800-1900. It includes publications on all aspects of the 19th century life--literature and culture, empire, feminism, the history of the book, the creative and performing arts, sport and leisure, science and medicine, the professions. 19th Century UK Periodicals provides full-text, fully searchable access to hundreds of magazines and journals with full color, high quality digital facsimiles of all articles. This is an invaluable resource for the study of British life in the 19th century. Few of the materials in this extensive online collection have ever been reissued in any format since original publication. This database currently provides a wide range of subject content consisting of "Part I: New Readerships: Women's, Children's, Humour and Leisure/Sport" and "Part II: Empire: Travel and Anthropology, Economics, Missionary & Colonial". Title lists are available on the Gale site.
Alberta Law Collection
Historical legal documents from the Legislative Assembly of Alberta plus retrospective and current Bylaws from a selection of Alberta Municipalities. The Assembly documents include Statutes and Revised Statutes, Ordinances of the Northwest Territories, Bills, Debates (Hansard), Journals of the Alberta Legislature and the Alberta Gazette. This collection is freely available to all Albertans, Canadians and viewers worldwide.
Alberta Stock Exchange Bulletins
The Alberta Stock Exchange was established in 1913 by an act of the Province of Alberta. Headquartered in Calgary, stocks trading on the exchange in the early years were mostly mining, resource exploration and oil sands. This collection provides online access to issues of the Bulletin published between September 1, 1981 and November 26, 1999.
Album of postcards of British actors and actresses
The album contains portraits of 42 actresses and 24 actors from the Edwardian era of British theatre. It belonged to Elsie Taylor, a London schoolgirl and was compiled during 1906-1910. At the turn of the 20th century postcards were a relatively new phenomenon but quickly became a popular method of communication for those away from home.
American state papers, 1789-1838
Search or browse U.S. congressional materials originating from 1789 and covering through 1838, including 1st Congress, 1st Session through 25th Congress, 2nd Session.
Legislative and executive documents, many originating from the important period between 1789 and the beginning of the U.S. Congressional Serial Set in 1817.
Arctic & Northern Studies
The Arctic and Northern Studies digital collection comprises a selection of materials from the University of Calgary’s Archives and Special Collections. The materials are rare published or unpublished archival documents, dating from the 1600s to the early 1900s, which were originally acquired by the Arctic Institute of North America, now located at the University of Calgary.
Please note that the language, terminology or visual content in this collection reflects the context and culture of the time of its creation, and may include culturally sensitive information. As an historical document, its contents may be at odds with contemporary views and terminology. The information within this collection does not reflect the views of the University of Calgary, but is available in its original form to facilitate research. For questions or comments regarding sensitive content, access, and use related to this collection, please contact email@example.com.