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Start Your Research Here - This page gives you an overview of the research process, or in other words how to find materials for your essay.
Selected encyclopedias and handbooks
Use encyclopedias, dictionaries and handbooks to obtain definitions and overviews of a topic and also to identify key authors.
- International encyclopedia of housing and home
- Palgrave Handbook of Intersectionality in Public Policy
- Palgrave Handbook of Women’s Political Rights
- Sage eReference
Databases for journal articles, policy papers, government reports
Search for journal articles on your topic using the databases, below. From within the database, use the "Get@SFU" icon will to find copies of articles which are not full-text within the database. If SFU Library does not provide access, then request a copy through the Library's Inter-Library-loans Service by filling out the Citation finder/ILL form.
- CBCA Complete - Comprehensive Canadian periodical collection for reference and current events. Publications include scholarly journal articles, trade publications, dissertations, books, newspapers and magazines.
- Canadian Research Index - (1982-) Access to "all depository publications...federal government and the ten provinces and three territories". Note: For older reports, check the "Microlog Collection" (on microfiche) which is on the 6th floor of the Bennett Library. To find a report, make note of its Microlog Number.
- Canada Commons (formerly, Canadian Electronic Library from desLibris) - Canadian health and public policy documents, and Canadian e-books.
- The "Boolean operators" (AND, OR) must be in capital letters.
- If you don't want variations of a term then put the term in quotation marks ("term")
- E.g. Basic search engine
- Advanced search engine: policy AND gender AND title:"housing" - results for the word "housing" in title of publications
Tip: Once you identify an organization that has done analysis on your research topic, it may also be worthwhile to also search the organization's website.
- Sociological Abstracts - Abstracts of scholarly journal articles, books, chapters, association papers, dissertations, and book, film, and software reviews related to theoretical and applied social sciences.
- Academic Search Premier. Multidisciplinary index to academic & popular journals.
- Social Sciences Full Text - indexes social sciences journals
- Women's Studies International -- Main database for GSWS topics. Scholarly journal articles.
- Political Science Complete - Scholarly journal articles,Journals, reference books and monographs, and conference papers on political topics with a worldwide focus, reflecting the globalization of contemporary political discourse.
- ECONLIT : Your best place to start with any research in Economics
Multiple database search: Academic Search Complete, Anthropology Plus, EconLit, Political Science Complete, Social Sciences Abstracts (H.W. Wilson), Social Sciences Full Text (H.W. Wilson)
( (hous* OR condo* OR townhouse* OR "town house*") )
AND ( sociolog* or anthropol* )
AND ( (Surrey OR "lower mainland" OR GVRD OR Vancouver OR Burnaby OR Richmond OR "White Rock" OR BC OR "British Columbia") )
Zhu, Y., Yuan, Y., Gu, J., & Fu, Q. (2021). Neoliberalization and inequality: disparities in access to affordable housing in urban Canada 1981–2016. Housing Studies, 1–28. https://doi-org.proxy.lib.sfu.ca/10.1080/02673037.2021.2004093
Canadian Newsstream - Full text access to major Canadian daily newspapers (such as the Globe and Mail, National Post, The Gazette (Montreal), and Vancouver Sun) as well as small market newspapers and weeklies published in Canada. Full text for the local BC newspapers is limited, and if available, they may not be indexed cover-to-cover so try searching the internet for their online editions.
- Search strategy for coverage of BC elections:
- (election* OR name-of-your-candidate) AND (BC OR British Columbia OR "name of your city or municipality")
- [issue you are researching] AND (BC OR British Columbia OR "name of your city or municipality")
- Search strategy for coverage of BC elections:
- Vancouver Public Library's British Columbia Index (2002 - ) Courier, WestEnder, Georgia Straight, etc.
- Legislative Library of British Columbia Indexes Selective index to newspapers and magazines published in British Columbia
Selected local newspapers
- Aldergrove Star
- Burnaby Now
- Chilliwack Progress
- Maple Ridge News
- Mission City Record
- North Shore News
- Surrey Now Leader
The Library Catalogue provides access to books, journal articles, videos, government documents and much more. To limit the search results to "books", use the filter (left-hand column in search results) to "resource type" of "books."
Note: In the searches below, you can limit search results to "Resource type" of "Books"and by "Subject" (left-hand column)
- (childcare OR "child care" OR daycare) AND (bc OR british columbia)
- affordable housing AND (BC OR British Columbia OR Vancouver OR Surrey OR Burnaby OR Richmond)
- (housing crisis OR modular housing OR affordable housing) AND (BC OR British Columbia OR Vancouver OR Surrey OR Burnaby OR Richmond)
- (climate change OR climate emergency OR heat wave* OR flood* OR earthquake*) AND (bc OR british columbia)
- Statistics Canada
- Women and Gender Equality Canada
- Government of British Columbia - Source of information for BC
- British Columbia. Chief Electoral Officer. Statement of votes. [print or online] - voting results for elections
- BC Housing. Their Research Centre provides housing data
- CivicInfo BC - "an incorporated not-for-profit society with a membership that includes nearly all local governments in the province."
- Planning Guides - "The resources in this database provide legal mechanisms, innovative policies, and best practices that planners can use to help their communities adapt to climate change, protect green infrastructure, and carry out sustainable land and water use practices."
- Local government websites - selected list of BC local (municipal) government websites from the Urban Studies guide. For a complete list see Local municipal government websites from the guide Finding Government Resources & Information
- Metro Vancouver (also known as GVRD means Greater Vancouver Regional District)
"collaboratively plans for and delivers regional-scale services...drinking water, wastewater treatment and solid waste management"
including their Harry Lash Library catalogue with internally-produced reports and historical materials
- Union of BC Municipalities provincial union for local governments, providing resources such as policy papers, including the extremely useful Local Government fact sheets "easy-to-read and easy-to-understand information on local government operations. Subjects include the role and powers of elected officials, taxation, planning process, policing, and bylaws"
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