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History : Canada: Books & eBooks

A research guide to primary and secondary sources for Canadian history.

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Using UW Libraries Search to Find Books

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Find eBooks

You can find eBooks in two ways:

  • Do your search and then on the results screen, filter your results by using the toolbar:
    • Choose Availability: "Available Online" and Resource Type: "eBooks"
    • And then click on the green "Apply Filters" button
  • Use the Advanced Search option
    • Change "Show Only" to "UW Libraries" and "Material Type" to "eBooks"
  • See the eBook FAQ for more information

Search Tips


  • By Topic - Type in the keywords that broadly describe your topic. For example: japanese war canada history
  • By Title - search for a specific book by title. Type in the first few words of the book title in quotations. For example: "canada the good"
  • By Author - search for books written by a specific author. Type in the last name followed by the first name of the author in quotations. For example: "robinson greg"

History eBook Collections

 Additional collections of eBooks can be found on eBook Collections guide. The following collections have strong history content:

Finding Books Beyond the UW

If you can't find the books you need at the UW or through our Summit partner libraries (Summit material can be found in UW Libraries Search), use the following catalogs. Books not available at the UW can be requested through Interlibrary Loan

Browsing Canadian History

The UW Libraries arranges books by Library of Congress call numbers. Though history is covered in every discipline (e.g., women's history may be located in the women's studies call numbers while the medical history may be in the medicine call numbers), the major sections for Canadian history are listed below.

F1001-F1145 Canada Suz 3
F1001-F1035 General history Suz 3
F1036-F1040 Nova Scotia Suz 3
F1041-F1045 New Brunswick Suz 3
F1046-F1049 Prince Edward Island Suz 3
F1051-F1055 Quebec Suz 3
F1056-F1059 Ontario Suz 3
F1060 Northwest Territories Suz 3
F1061-F1065 Manitoba Suz 3
F1070-F1074 Saskatchewan Suz 3
F1075-F1080 Alberta Suz 3
F1086-F1089 British Columbia Suz 3
F1091-F1095 Yukon Suz 3
F1121-F1139 Newfoundland & Labrador Suz 3
F11141-1145 Nunavut Suz 3

For a more specific breakdown of the call numbers see the Library of Congress Classification Online.