SA 100 Perspectives on Canadian Society
Table of Contents
- RefWorks, SFU RefWorks Quick Guide (manage your bibliographies). For help, contact RefWorks via Scholars Portal: firstname.lastname@example.org.Or, view the RefWorks guide from Scholars Portal.
- Citation Finder (Tool) - Locate journal articles & books when you have a specific citation but don't know where to find the item.
At the start
- Think about your topic and
- Look for background information (encyclopedias, handbooks, introductory texts).
- Formulate a research question
- Brainstorm about keywords for each concept for your topic
- Create a search strategy before entering words into the search engine(s)
Make a note of any key authors or references (citations)
What is the effect of the Anti-terrorism Act and how is it used for national security?
Brainstorm about your question.
- Why was it introduced?
- When did it come into effect?
- How has it been applied by the police or Canada's Border Agency?
- What is the effect on people?
- Has any particular group been the focus or target or has there been racial profiling?
Has it affected people's rights?
Identify Key Concepts
|Concept 1||Concept 2||Concept 3||Concept 4||Concept 5|
|Related Terms||Related Terms||Related Terms||Related Terms||Related Terms|
|border security||law or laws or regulations||federal*||racial profil*||civil rights|
|national security||legislat*||provinc*||"people of color"||deten* or detain*|
|public safety||policy or policies|
Use "or" to combine same concept
- When using one line search box, also put braces "()" around your synonyms. E.g. (elderly or seniors or aged)
- Use "and" to combine different concepts
- Use "quotation marks" to search for an exact phrase
Use asterisk (*) the truncation symbol, for variation on endings of words (child* will find: child, children, childless, childlike)
- "$, ?, *, !" are common truncation symbols. Most use asterisk.
- Alternate spellings: most databases use American spelling - try both versions (i.e. honour or honor)
Alternate words: youth or adolescents or teenagers or young adults // aged or elderly or seniors or old people
- Modify your terms when during your searches you become aware of new terminology to describe your topic.
Subject headings, descriptors or thesauri words
- Examine the relevant references (citations) more carefully. Check their subject headings, descriptors or thesauri words that describe the key concepts contained within that article/book reference. These concepts are the "main focus" of that book/article so your search results will be more relevant.
- General or specific concept words: North America or Canada or Vancouver or Downtown Eastside
- Abbreviations: TV or television
Start with sources that provide an overview or summary. Encyclopedias, handbooks or textbooks provide overviews, definitions, and identify key authors and ideas.
- The Canadian encyclopedia = L'encyclopédie canadienne
- The Encyclopedia of British Columbia
- Encyclopedia of Political Science
- Encyclopedia of Sociology (Gale Virtual Reference Library)
- International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: IESBS
- International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences
- Encyclopedia of Social Welfare History in North America HV 12 E497 2005
- Encyclopedia of Terrorism HV 6431 K883 2003
Two places to search for books:
FastSearch Tab (SFU Library's Home page - search box)
- What is Fast Search - (both books and articles)
- Library Catalogue, (SFU Library Home page / Find / Books, journals, media (catalogue)
1. SFU Library FastSearch
- canad* AND society AND (race OR racism OR ethnic*)
- Canad* AND immigr* AND ( visible minorit* OR ethnic*)
- canad* AND government* AND policy AND immigr*
- asterisk at the end of a root word picks up various endings of that word.
E.g. canad* will pick up "Canada", "Canadian", "Canadians", "Canadien", etc.
- use the "subject" listing (left hand column) to narrow your topic.
2. SFU Library Catalogue Search
Search by author (last name first, then first name):
- canad* AND society AND (race OR racism OR ethnic*)
- Canad* and immigr* and (visible minorit* or ethnic*)
- canad* and government* and policy and immigr*
- canad* and society and social policy
- foreign work* and canad* and governm*
- seasonal work* and canad* and governm*
- social assistance and Canada and policy
- live-in care and canad*
(anti-terror* or national security or border security)
(law or legislat* or regulat*)
(race or racial or islam*)
(human rights or detain* or deten*)
- (anti-terror* or national security or border security)
- The Indian Act
You may also want to examine the -First Nations Terminology guide.
From the search results, select a relevant book and check its "subject headings". E.g.
From the search results of a "keyword" search, look at the relevant book titles, and examine their "subject headings" more closely. You can click on these headings to find similar books on the topic.
Note, if the list of books is very long, use the "limit" icon at the top of the search box and "limit/sort by newest first".
- Canada. Anti-terrorism Act
- Canada -- Emigration and immigration -- Government policy
- Canada -- Emigration and immigration -- Government policy -- History
- Canada. Indian Act.
- Canada - Race relations - Textbooks
- Canada - Social Conditions
- Canada Social Conditions Statistics
- Canada - Social Conditions - Textbooks
- Canada -- Social policy
- Canada Social Problems
- Child welfare -- Government policy -- Canada
- Citizenship -- Canada
- Domestics -- Canada
- Domestics -- British Columbia -- Vancouver
- Equality -- Canada
- Ethnicity - Canada
- Foreign Workers Canada
- Foreign Workers Canada Evaluation
- Foreign Workers Canada Social Conditions
- Foreign Workers Government Policy British Columbia
- Foreign workers -- Government policy -- Canada
- Foreign Workers Legal Status Laws Etc Canada
- Immigrants Canada
- Immigrants Canada Economic Conditions
- Immigrants Canada Economic Conditions Statistics
- Immigrants Canada History
- Immigrants Canada Social Conditions
- Immigrants Canada Statistics
- Indigenous peoples -- Canada -- Social conditions -- Statistics
- Immigrants -- Canada -- Statistics
- Immigrants -- Social conditions -- Canada
- Income -- Canada -- Statistics
- Income Distribution Canada
- Income Distribution Canada Statistics
- Indigenous peoples -- Canada -- Government relations
- Indigenous peoples -- Canada -- Government relations -- Textbooks.
- Indigenous Peoples Canada Social Conditions
- Indigenous Peoples Canada Statistics
- Indigenous women -- Violence against -- Canada
- Minorities - Canada
- Minorities Civil Rights Canada
- Multiculturalism Canada - Government Policy
- Native peoples -- Canada -- Social conditions -- Statistics
- National security -- Law and legislation -- Canada
- Poor Canada Statistics
- Poverty Canada
- Poverty -- Canada -- Government policy
- Poverty Canada Statistics
- Poverty -- Government policy -- Yukon.
- Poverty Ontario
- Race discrimination -- Canada
- Racism - Canada
- Royal Commission on the Status of Women in Canada. Report of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women in Canada -- Congresses
- Public Welfare Canada
- Public welfare -- Canada -- History
- Social classes -- Canada
- Social integration -- Canada
- Social problems -- Canada
- Social Service Canada
- Terrorism -- Canada -- Prevention
- Temporary employees -- Government policy -- Canada
- Vancouver B C Emigration And Immigration
- Vancouver B C Social Conditions
- Welfare Recipients Canada
- Welfare Recipients Employment Canada
- Women immigrants -- Canada -- Social conditions.
- Women Immigrants Employment Canada
Library's Home page / Find / Journal articles & databases / Browse databases by subject
- Use the pull down menu under "Browse databases by subject" to obtain listing by subject/discipline (e.g. Anthropology, Sociology, etc.).
Some databases will have fulltext of articles within them. For others you may need to use the "Where can I get this?" link to find the articles in electronic, print, and microform formats. If SFU Library does not subscribe to a particular journal, then you can fill out the "inter-library-loan" form to request a copy.
If you have a reference (citation) for a book or journal article from another source, you can also use this tool to locate a copy.
From Citation to Article
CBCA Full Text Reference
- Access to popular & business magazines as well as scholarly journals.
Canadian Points of View Reference Centre
- provides a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue
Canadian Public Policy Collection--
- Full text of public policy documents from Canadian institutes, think-tanks and research groups. Since it is fulltext, you can search for very specific concepts such as "foreign trained credentials"
Canadian Research Index -
- Index to Canadian government publications (federal, provincial), parliamentary committees, royal commission reports, etc. A microform copy of the documents is available through the "Microlog" number which is attached to each record.
- All documents found in the database are available in the Microlog microfiche collection (JL 044 37) on the Sixth Floor of the Bennett Library. Individual reports are filed by the MICROLOG NUMBER.
- For the more recent years, once you have identified a title, try an internet search for availability.
- Covers the major Canadian dailies, including the Vancouver Sun.
Globe and Mail Newspaper (1991 to current)
- Key database for sociology and anthropology journals.
- Key anthropology journals.
Social Sciences Full Text
- Multi-disciplinary database.
Bibliography of Native North Americans
- Covers all aspects of Native North American culture, history, and life and including topics such as archaeology, multicultural relations, gaming, governance, legend, and literacy.
Canadian & United States history
Index to all aspects of criminal justice, including psychological.
Women Studies International
- Indexes journals in women's studies covering topics such as gender, sexuality, sex roles, discrimination, family, employment
Academic Search Premier
- Multidisciplinary index to academic & popular journals
- Scholarly journals. Also check the "cited by" link below the articles to find other relevant articles.
Primary Source database
Statistics are collected by a variety of agencies and organisations on a variety of topics. After collection, the data is processed and packaged for publication. Part of the processing involves grouping the data (i.e. age groupings such as 15-19).
- BC Statistics
- Includes current socioeconomic statistics, quick facts, and historical tables
- Statistics Canada
- Canadian census
- Which Census Product Should I Use?
- Canadian Research Index - Search for Canadian federal, provincial and local government publications, including Statistics Canada publications. The library owns a microfiche copy of the documents as part of the Microlog microfiche collection on the 6th floor of the Bennett library. Use the "Microlog number" listed in the database. Frequently a government department may also have an electronic copy on their site. Try an internet search for that specific report.
- Library of Parliament - Parliamentary Information and Research Service Publications - Briefs on issues, Bills, etc.
- Metropolis Project - British Columbia -- research material on immigrants, migration, etc. Metropolis Canada, International site.
- PovNet - Building an online anti-poverty community
- SFU Library Books
- A Guide to writing sociology papers
- The Sociology student writer's manual
- Studying society the essentials
- E-book. See chapter 18 on writing essays
- Academic writing - a list of over 200 books.
- Academic Writing Technique
- The handbook of academic writing a fresh approach
- Report writing -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
- Students must write a guide to better writing in coursework and examinations
- Successful academic writing
- Webster's New World student writing handbook
- Writing a successful research paper a simple approach
- Writing at university a guide for students
- Writing better essays
- Writing and presenting research
- Student Learning Commons Academic learning center for undergraduate students.