Canadian Studies

The Canadian Studies Office and the Canadian collection are jointly funded by Fogler Library and the Canadian-American Center.

Canadian Studies Office Hours

By appointment: contact Canadian Studies Librarian, Betsy Beattie by phone 207.581.1694 or e-mail at beattie@maine.edu.  The Canadian Studies Office is located on the third floor of Fogler Library in the Acquisitions Department.  To find the office follow posted directional signs or email the Canadian Studies Librarian for directions.

About the Collection

Fogler Library has a nationally recognized Canadian Studies collection that consists of 49,000+ print monographs, 14,106 electronic books, and 125 serial publications in the humanities and social sciences. (These figures reflect the holdings on July 1, 2016.) The collection also includes large numbers of maps, Canadian census materials and Canadian federal and provincial documents in both print and electronic formats. Nearly all these materials are cataloged in URSUS (Fogler Library’s online catalog,) and the print materials are shelved with the regular library collections of books, periodicals, documents and microforms. The Canadian Studies Librarian also maintains a Research Guide to Canadian studies that offers assistance in doing research on Canadian topics. The guide includes links both to databases with Canadian content and to useful Canadian websites.

Early Canadiana

Early Canadiana consists of a series of collections published by Canadiana, an alliance of scholars and representatives of major memory institutions from across Canada. The collections contain over 80,000 rare books, magazines and government publications about Canada from the time of the first European settlers to the early decades of the 20th century. It is available in two formats, on microfiche and online, and each version includes some titles not covered in the other format. Individual titles in the microfiche collections all have bibliographic records added to URSUS, Fogler Library’s online catalog, making them accessible through author, title, key-word, and subject searches. Early Canadiana Online offers keyword searching within the contents of its holdings.

Canadian Newspapers

Fogler Library has access to the following Canadian newspapers.

Canadian Census Materials
Fogler Library owns several forms of Canadian census materials. These include selected copies of nominal censuses (door-to-door surveys taken by census takers) in print and microform and bound versions of aggregate censuses of Canada published by the Canadian Government (see holdings below.) In addition, Fogler Library subscribes to the database Ancestry Library which covers “indexes and images to Canadian [nominal] censuses for every decade from 1851 to 1911, and censuses of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta from 1906 and 1916. Agricultural information is available for some census years as well.”

Dissertations and Theses on Canada

Fogler Library has over 400 master’s theses and doctoral dissertations on Canada written by University of Maine students in the social sciences and humanities. Original copies of these works are housed in the Special Collections Department of the library and are cataloged in URSUS, the University of Maine’s online catalog. In addition, most of these dissertations and theses written after 2000 are available in full-text electronic format in the Digital Commons, a repository for scholarly works produced at the University of Maine.

Fogler Library also offers access to theses and dissertations on Canada produced outside the university. Thesis Canada Portal provides access to theses and dissertations from Canadian universities in microfiche and electronic formats. The database ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global offers full-text access to Canadian theses from universities both in and outside the United States.

For further information on finding theses and dissertations at Fogler see the research guide Theses and Dissertations.

New Canadian Books