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Research Guides

Why search for background information?

Before you start looking for scholarly books and articles, you should spend some time doing a little background research. Using dictionaries, encyclopedias and biographical resources can help you to understand the major issues, themes, people, events and scope of your research topic. Resources on this page are particularly useful for providing context and background information in the area of Canadian Studies.

Biographical resources

Use keywords "biography" and "Canada" to find biographical resources in the UW Libraries catalog or ask a reference librarian for assistance. Some basic biographical resources are listed below.

Encyclopedias & handbooks

Use the UW Libraries catalog to find directories, encyclopedias, handbooks and statistics. Use directories and canada or encyclopedias and canada as keywords. Basic resources are listed below.

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