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Canadian Studies

Welcome to the Canadian Studies subject guide - your guide to using the library resources, services and facilities for your subject.

Main Library

Getting to know the Main Library

A scrollable online tour of the Main Library to help you familiarise yourself with the building and its facilities, services and resources.

Finding books, e-books, journals, articles, etc.

Use DiscoverEd to search the Library's collections and find books, ebooks, ejournal articles and more. Use EASE to sign into your account and manage loans, requests and fines. 

Other University of Edinburgh Libraries

There are 10 other site libraries at the University that you can visit and use. 

Internal photo of New College Library

Photo of Noreen and Kenneth Murray Library building

Where are the Canadian Studies books in the Library?

The Main Library holds the majority of books for Canadian Studies. Most of these books are on the 2nd floor or 3rd floor or in the HUB (High Use Book) Collection on the ground floor.

Canadian Studies crosses over with a range of subject areas but some of the most common shelfmarks for Canadian Studies start with:

F History of the Americas, including F1001-1145.2 History of Canada (British America).
JL Political institutions and public administration (Canada, Latin America, etc.)
PR English Literature, includes literature of the Commonwealth (starts around PR9000)
PS American Literature, including PS8000 Canadian Literature (English) and PS9000 Canadian Literature (French)

Remember the Library has access to thousands of e-books which you can access via DiscoverEd.

How do I find journals and journal articles?

The Library has access to thousands of e-journals. 

In the Main Library print journals are on the 4th floor with shelfmark range Per..0 - Per..9.

A large number of print journals are held at the Library Annexe.

You can find print and e-journals and access e-journals and e-journal articles through DiscoverEd.

Centre for Research Collections

The Centre for Research Collections (CRC) is the main space for anyone using the University of Edinburgh's historic and special collections, including rare books and manuscripts, University of Edinburgh archives, personal and institutional archives, Lothian Health Services Archives, University of Edinburgh PhD theses, art collection, musical instrument collection and more.

The CRC are based on the 6th floor, Main Library.

'Edmonton, Alberta, [Canada] - Central'. Photograph of the central street through a residential district of Edmonton, Alberta, [Canada] in the early 20th century. Roslin Glass Slides (No. 2512). Shelfmark: GB 237 Coll-1434 (Box 36). © University of Edinburgh. See original image.

What do I do if the Library doesn't have what I need?

Introduction to the Main Library (1968)

Edinburgh University Library an introduction. Department of Animal Genetics Research Film Unit Edinburgh 1968. Directed by Eric C.A. Lucey.

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Watch the original on Media Hopper

What is the University Collections Facility?

The University Collections Facility (formerly known as the Library Annexe) is the University's off-campus storage facility. Material can be requested and delivered to Main Library or site library for borrowing or you can request scans of single chapters or articles via electronic document delivery.

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Help with all aspects of using the Library, its facilities, services and resources, is available from the Library Helpdesks. If you are unable to find what you are looking for on this Subject Guide or on the Library website please do contact them in person, by phone or email.

If you would like help with your literature search or with finding information you can contact us directly.