Updated: September 5, 2006

Canadian Studies Databases and Indexes

This page is a cooperative effort between the Michigan Canadian Studies Roundtable,
the MSU Canadian Studies Centre and the MSU Libraries

Note: All locations and call numbers for books & other materials pertain to the Michigan State University Libraries.



America: History and Life
(Available to the MSU community only)

America; History & Life provides access to citations to articles, book reviews, and dissertations in American and Canadian history. Its coverage begins with 1964. This link goes to a description page which provides information on access restrictions. Last examined on 11/05/01


MLA Bibliography
(Available to the MSU community only)

Produced by the Modern Language Association, this database consists of bibliographic records pertaining to literature, language, linguistics, and folklore. Provides access to scholarly research in over 3000 journals and series. It also covers relevant monographs, working papers, bibliographies and other formats. Its coverage begins with 1963. It can be accessed either through the Electronic Reference Library in either a Web version or through client software.

Actualité Québec | CBCA | Canadian Periodical Index
| First Nations Periodical Index
Globe & Mail |
Lexis-Nexis North/South American News Sources |
Readers' Guide Abstracts

Actualité Québec
(Available to the MSU community only)

This database contains the complete text of Canada's major French-language newspapers or magazines from 1992-Nov. 1998 for La Presse, Le Soleil, Le Devoir, L'Actualité, VOIR, Le Droit (1993-Nov.1998). This database is accessed on Workstation #17 in Main Library Reference of the MSU Library.

Choosing Years to Search

Double-click on the Actualité Québec icon on Workstation #17. A "Database Selection" window appears. On the window's left, the top "Perioaq" disk will be highlighted and a number of drives will appear on the right. Choose the appropriate drive for the corresponding date(s): E=1992, F=1993, G=1994, H=1995, I= 1996. Clicking on the second "Perioaq" disk will display a "J" drive which contains 1997-1998. Due to this arrangement, one cannot search the entire period of 1992-Nov. 1998 in a single search.


  • Text Keys: Full Text, Headline, Lead, Illustration, Page, Company, Date
  • Subject: Accident et catastrophe…; Anecdotes, satires, etc.; Arts et lettres/Culture...; Criminalite et justice…; Consommation et vie pratique...; Économie et gestion...; Politique et governement...; Religion, philosophie, éthique...; Sports et loisirs...; Société et sciences sociales...; Sciences et techniques...
  • Geographic Location
  • Byline/Story Type
  • Publication
  • Source
  • Day of the Week
  • Length

Canadian Business & Current Affairs (CBCA)
(Available to the MSU community only)

CBCA provides access to Canadian periodicals and current affairs information and incorporates the largest and most comprehensive subject guide to periodical literature beginning in 1982 (the MSU Libraries subscription ended in 1996 due to increased cost).. It can be accessed through the Electronic Reference Library. Specific items of; interest include:·

Canadian Periodical Index (CPI)

Print version (published 1920-2002)

First Nations Periodical Index

This index "contains journals of mainly Canadian Native content. This Index is a tool providing access to information about First Nations for students (high school or university), educators, instructors and researchers."

Globe & Mail On CD-ROM
(Available to the MSU community only)

This resource provides coverage to Canada's "newspaper of record", the Globe & Mail of Toronto (1991-1998) plus several other Canadian newspapers (Winnipeg Free Press (1993-1998); Times Colonist of Victoria, B.C. (1993-1998); Financial Times of Canada (1991-March 18, 1995); Alberta's Lethbridge Herald (June 1995-1998); Evening Telegraph of St. Johns, Nwfld.) (Au -Nov. 1995); Charlottetown, P.E.I.'s Guardian (June 1995-Dec. 31, 1995). It is stored at the MSU Library's Digital & Multimedia Center AP5 .G53 CD-ROM.


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Choosing Years to Search

After after loading the CD-ROM, a window with the label "The Globe and Mail on CD-ROM" will appear. If one wants to search the entire database, one can just begin searching. If one wants to search a particular time period, there are two options:

  1. The simplest is choosing the "Search" option, then choosing "Date". A window appears, giving "Start" and "End" options.
  2. A more complex way is choosing the "File" option, then choosing "Open a Database." A "Database Selection" window appears. Choose the appropriate drive for the corresponding date: G=1991-1992; H=1993; I=1994; J=1995; K=1996; L= 1997; M=1998


Lexis-Nexis North/South American News Sources
(Available to the MSU community only)

A subset of the Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe, it contains full-text articles from dozens of newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals that devote thorough coverage to Canada and Latin America. It includes these prominent prominent publications:

To access this resource, go to the MSU Libraries' Lexis-Nexis page. Click on "Connect to Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe". When the Academic Universe main page appears, click on the"Guided News" tab. When that page appears, choose "World News" at the "Step One" drop-down menu. Choose "World News" at the "Step Two" drop-down menu.Perform your search.

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Readers' Guide Abstracts
(Available to the MSU community only)

An online version of the venerable Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature, this resource indexes popular periodicals published in the U.S. and Canada. Includes current events and news, fine arts, fashion, education, business, sports, health and nutrition, consumer affairs, and others. Coverage begins with 1983. It can be accessed through First Search.


PAIS [Public Affairs Information Service] International
(Online version available to the MSU community only)

This index consists of citations and abstracts (beginning in 1985) of articles, books, conference proceedings, government documents, book chapters, and statistical directories about public affairs.


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