Canadian Studies

Librarian for Romance Language Collections

  • Claude H. Potts
  • Mr. O'B triumphantly crosses river from The North-West Passage by Land (London: Cassell, Petter, and Galpin, 1865.)

  • Office Hours: by appointment
  • Office Location: 438 Doe Library
  • Contact Info:

    cpotts [at]
    tel: (510) 643-8966

About this Guide

Canadian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley is an interdisciplinary program focused on the scholarly issues surrounding the study of Canada across a range of academic disciplines. The Library maintains a commitment to all areas of Canadian studies, including history, literature, and culture.

Collection Description

The Library collects materials in all areas of Canadian Studies, including history, literature, culture, and politics. The Library also maintains a strong French-Canadian and Quebec Studies collection.

Canadian Studies reference materials are kept in the Doe Library's North Reading Room. The major part of the collection is located in the Gardner (MAIN) Stacks, with additional materials in Moffitt Library.

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Doe Library, North Reading Room

New Acquisitions in Canadian Studies

New Acquisitions

With OskiCat, new acquisitions lists are updated daily. The 15 most recent items in Canadian Studies are listed below while the full list of materials cataloged in the past 60 days can be viewed in html or subscribed to as an rss feed.


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Campus Links

Canadian Studies Program
Department of History
Berkeley Language Center

Reference Sources for Canadian Studies

Use the following types of reference sources to look up information related to Canadian Studies:

Dictionaries, Thesauri and QuotationsBiographical SourcesEncyclopedias and AlmanacsAtlases, Maps and GazetteersWeb Portals

Dictionaries, Thesauri, and Quotations


General and subject specific dictionaries in any language, dual language dictionaries, thesauri, dictionaries of quotations, and acronym lists.

*Blue asterisk indicates that the resource was recently added to the guide.



Canadian Oxford Dictionary / edited by Katherine Barber. 2nd ed. Don Mills, Ontario: Oxford University Press, 2004.
Main Stacks PE3235.C36 2004 & e-book

Dictionary of Canadian French = Dictionnaire du français canadien
/ Sinclair Robinson, Donald Smith. Toronto: Stoddart, 1990.
Main Stacks PC3637.R59 1990

Dictionnaires de langue française du Canada: lexicographie et société au Québec / Annick Farina; preface de Claude Poirier. Paris: Champion, 2001.
Main Stacks PC3637.F37 2001

Dictionnaire des canadianismes
/ Gaston Dulong. Nouv. ed., rev. et aug. Sillery, Québec : Septentrion, c1999.
Main Stacks PC3637.D82 1999 

Dictionnaire des régionalismes du français parlé des îles de La Madeleine / Chantal Naud. L'Etang-du-Nord [Québec] : Les Editions Vignaud, 1999.
Main Stacks PC3645.I43.N38 1999 

Guide to Canadian English usage / Margery Fee and Janice McAlpine. 2nd ed. Toronto; New York: Oxford University Press, 2007.
Doe Reference PE3235.F44 2007 Dictionaries

Multi dictionnaire de la langue française / Marie-Éva de Villers. 4é ed. Montréal: Québec Amérique, 2003. Collection Langue et culture.
Doe Reference PC2625.V54 2003 Dictionaries

Library Databases

A complete list of licensed databases is available through the Library's Electronic Resource Finder.

Biographical Sources



Biographical Dictionary of American and Canadian Naturalists and Environmentalists/ edited by Keir B. Sterling ... [et al.]. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1997.
Bioscience QH26.B535 1997 Ref Shelves
Doe Refe QH26.B535 1997 Biographies

Canadian biographical index = Index biographique canadien = Kanadischer biographischer Index / compiled by Laureen Baillie. München: K.G. Saur, 2005.

Doe Refe F1006 .C353 2005 v.1-2 (2005)

Main Stacks F1005 .D5 v.1(1000/1700)-15(1921-1930)

Dictionary of Canadian Biography/Dictionnaire biographique du Canada. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1966-

Main Stacks F1005 .D5 v.1(1000/1700)-15(1921-1930)

Dictionnaire biographique des femmes célèbres et remarquables de notre histoire / Marie-Paule Desjardins. Montréal: Guérin, c2007.
Doe Refe CT3270.D47 2007 Bioographies

Dictionnaire des auteurs de langue française en Amerique du Nord. Reginald Hamel, John Hare, eds. Montréal: Fides, 1989.

Doe Refe PQ3897.A12.H36 1989

Main Stacks CT283.W55 2006

Who's Who in Black Canada 2: Black Success and Black Excellence in Canada: A Contemporary Directory / Dawn P.... [2nd. ed.] Toronto: D.P. Williams, c2006.

Main Stacks CT283.W55 2006

Who's Who in Canada. Toronto, International Press, 1923-2001. Continues: Who's who and why

NRLF/Main Stacks F1005.W6

Who's Who in Canadian Literature. Toronto: Reference Press, 1985-1988.

Main Stacks PR9189.6.W47

Library Databases

Encyclopedias and Almanacs

General or subject-specific encyclopedias, almanacs, and other collections of factual information. 



Canadian Encyclopedia of Social Work / Francis J. Turner, editor. Waterloo, Ont: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2005.
Social Welfare Reference HV12 .C36 2005
Online via ebrary

Encyclopedia Canadiana. [Editor-in-chief: John E. Robbins] Ottawa, Canadiana Co. [1968]
Main Stacks F1006.E58 1968 v.1-10

*Encyclopedia of Canada's Peoples / Paul Robert Magocsi, editor. Toronto; Buffalo: Published for the Multicultural History Society of Ontario by University of Toronto Press, c1999.
Doe Reference F1006.E66 1999

Encyclopedia of the North American Colonies / editor in chief, Jacob Ernest Cooke ; associate editors, W.J. Eccles ... [et al]. New York: C. Scribner's Sons; Toronto: Maxwell Macmillan Canada; New York: Maxwell Macmillan International, c1993.
Doe Refe E45.E53 1993 v.1-3
Moffitt Refe E45.E53 1993 v.1-3

Encyclopedia of Social Welfare History in North America / editors, John M. Herrick, Paul H. Stuart. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, c2005.
Doe Refe HV12.E497 2005

The Fitzhenry and Whiteside Book of Canadian Facts and Dates / editorial director Richard W. Pound ; supervising... 3rd ed. Markham, Ontario: Fitzhenry & Whiteside, c2005.
Doe Refe F1006.M94 2005

Routledge Encyclopedia of Translation Studies / edited by Mona Baker and Gabriela Saldanha. 2nd ed. London; New York: Routledge, 2009.
Doe Refe P306.E57 2009


Library Databases

Atlases, Maps and Gazetteers



Concise Historical Atlas of Canada / edited by William G. Dean ... [et al.] ; cartography by Geoffrey J. Matthews and Byron Moldofsky. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, [1998]
Earth Sciences fG1116.S1.H52 1998

Library Databases

Web Portals

Web sites and subject-specific search engines available without restriction. See also Canadian Libraries and Archives under the Research Tools tab.


Research Tools for Canadian Studies

Use bibliographic tools like these to either focus or broaden your research:

Archival Collections and Primary SourcesArticle Databases and IndexesBibliographies and Subject GuidesBook Review SourcesDissertation and ThesesCanadian LibrariesNews Databases, Indexes and Web Sites

Search the catalogs

Archival Collections and Primary Sources

Use these web sites, print reference sources, or library databases to find primary sources, such as manuscripts, diaries, letters, firsthand accounts, or historical documents on a subject, person, event or issue. See also the library guide Finding Primary Sources and List of Archival Collections on the Berkeley campus.

*Blue asterisk indicates that the resource was recently added to the guide.


Library Databases

The complete list of databases is available through the Library's Electronic Resource Finder.

Article Indexes and Databases

Listed below is a broad selection of article indexes recommended for research in Canadian Studies. For additional resources, please consult the Library's Electronic Resource Finder.


Library Databases

Bibliographies and Subject Guides

Selected lists of materials in any format organized around a common theme or topic.

Library Databases

Online Resources

Print Resources

Bibliography of Canadian Bibliographies / editor and compiler, Ernie Ingles; principal... 3rd ed., updated, rev. and enlarged. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1994. Doe Refe F1008.A12.I64 1994 Read at Google Read at Google

Bibliotheca Americana : a dictionary of books relating to America, from its discovery to the present time. ACLS Humanities E-Book. Restricted to UCB IP addresses.

Canadian Fantasy and Science-Fiction Writers / edited by Douglas Ivison. Detroit: Gale Group, c2002. Dictionary of literary biography ; v. 251 Doe Refe PS129.D5 v.251 Read at Google Read at Google

Canadian History: A Reader's Guide. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, c1994. Main Stacks F1026.A12.C36 1994 v.1-2 Read at Google Read at Google

Canadian Reference Sources: An annotated Bibliography: General Reference Works, History, Humanities = Ouvrages de réferénce canadiens: une bibliographie annotée: ouvrages de référence généraux, histoire, science humaines / Mary E. Bond, compiler and editor; Martine M. Caron, co-compiler. Vancouver, BC: UBC Press, c1996. Doe Refe F1008.A12.B66 1996 Read at Google Read at Google

Canadian Writers, 1890-1920 / edited by W.H. New. Detroit: Gale Research, c1990. Dictionary of literary biography ; v. 92 Doe Refe PS129.D5 v.92 Moffitt PS129.D5 v.92 Read at Google Read at Google

Canadian Writers Before 1890 / edited by W.H. New. Detroit: Gale Research, c1990. Dictionary of literary biography ; v. 99 Doe Refe PS129.D5 v.99 Moffitt PS129.D5 v.99 Read at Google Read at Google

History of Literature in Canada: English-Canadian and French-Canadian / edited by Reingard M. Nischik. Rochester, N.Y: Camden House, 2008. Main Stacks PR9184.3 .H56 2008 Read at Google Read at Google

The Oxford Companion to Canadian History / edited by Gerald Hallowell. Don Mills, Ontario: Oxford University Press, 2004. Doe Refe F1026.O93 2004 Online via Oxford Reference Read at Google Read at Google

The Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature / edited by Eugene Benson and William Toye / 2nd ed [Oxford]: Oxford University Press, 1997. Doe Refe PR9180.2.O94 1997 Online via Oxford Reference Read at Google Read at Google

The Oxford Companion to Canadian Theatre / edited by Eugene Benson and L.W. Conolly. Toronto; New York: Oxford University Press, 1989. Doe Refe PN2300.O94 1989 Read at Google Read at Google

Quebec National Cinema / Bill Marshall. Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 2001. Main Stacks PN1993.5.C2 M27 2001 Online via ebrary Read at Google Read at Google

Writing in Our Time: Canada's Radical Poetries in English (1957-2003) / Pauline Butling. Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2l005. Main Stacks PR9190.5 .B88 2005 Online via ebrary Read at Google Read at Google

Book Reviews

Listings of book and film reviews in journals, magazines, newspapers, etc. included in article databases and indexes, book review indexes, or review journals.

Library Databases

Dissertations and Theses

Find dissertations by searching Proquest Dissertations and Theses (PQDT), which indexes graduate dissertations from over 1,000 North American, and selected European, graduate schools and universities from 1861 to the present. Dissertations published since 1980 include brief abstracts written by the authors and some feature 24-page excerpts. The database offers full text for most of the dissertations added since 1997 and some full text coverage for older graduate works.

Also see Find Dissertations and Theses for other specialized sources. Dissertations completed at UC Berkeley can be found in OskiCat, using the feature allowing you to limit to dissertations/theses:

Dissertations/Theses in Oskicat

Older dissertations not available full text may be obtained through Interlibrary Loan or using the "Request" option in Melvyl.

For more extensive indexing of doctoral dissertations and theses from Western Europe, here are a few other resources to consult:

News Databases, Indexes and Web Sites

Listings (may include abstracts or full text) of articles in newspapers, newsmagazines, broadcast news transcripts or wire services. Also includes web sites of these media, or directories of such sites.


Library Databases

Canadian Libraries and Catalogs

Listings of books and other items belonging to a particular library or, as with union catalogs, a group of libraries, and usually containing information on the location and subject classification of each item. This category also includes national bibliographies, or lists of all books published in a particular country.

Online Resources

Library Databases

Library and Course Guides for Canadian Studies

Use subject guides and topical bibliographies, course guides, tip sheets, and general guides, created by librarians and library staff, to discover approaches to research.

General Guides
Guides to using the library's catalogs, doing research in the library and on the Internet, and citing your sources.

Digital Collections for Canadian Studies

E-book and e-journal collections, full-text online databases, and other digitized or born digital corpa relevant to Canadian Studies are listed below. Consult Article Databases and Indexes under the Research Tools tab to discover articles available in both print and electronic formats.

Finding E-booksCanadian Electronic Text Collections

Canadian Electronic Text Collections

Online Journals

Journals in electronic form, available online either individually or as part of a larger collection. e-journals only available for the Berkeley campus are listed in OskiCat. The California Digital Library maintains a list of e-journals available to all UC libraries.

Library Databases

Giving to the Canadian Studies Collection

The Campaign for the University Library

Monetary Gifts: Endowments, Major Gifts, Memorial Gifts, Matching Gifts, Planned Gifts, Bequests, Trusts
Book Donations

Contribute Online or Contribute by Mail

Berkeley’s world-class education and research depend on the ready access offered by the Library to a comprehensive record of human knowledge, together with the latest discoveries in every field of learning.

From rare and precious manuscripts to thousands of titles used in day-to-day research, the University Library’s Canadian collection supports students and faculty in Berkeley’s academic departments and programs. The holdings range from core collections housed in the Doe/Moffitt Libraries to specialized research materials in our fourteen subject specialty libraries. Just as Berkeley’s academic programs consistently rank at the top among their peers worldwide, the Library's collections that support those departments are internationally renowned for their depth and breadth.

The University Library is seeking private support to maintain the excellence of its collections. The cost of building these collections has increased dramatically, due to spiraling book and journal costs, as well as to the declining value of the dollar. It is due, as well, to a burgeoning of new information - a dramatic rise in the number and specialization of journals, the availability of full text and searchable electronic versions of items previously held only in print, and the emergence of new genres of digital content.   

Strengthening the Research Collections


Claude H. Potts
Librarian for Romance Language Collections
218 Doe Library
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-6000

tel: 510.643.8966

fax: 510.643.0315

Monetary Gifts

Financial support is very important to the future development and ongoing curation of the library's collections. Contributions provide funding for expensive resources, specialized equipment, conservation of rare books, and exhibits or special projects. Financial gifts may be unrestricted or support a specific library program, service, or collection. In addition to cash, the Library welcomes securities and other real or tangible property.

Endowments- Endowment funds may be established with a gift of $50,000 or more to support library collections, programs, projects or positions. These endowed funds provide the University Library, in perpetuity, with an annual income that ensures our collections and programs remain strong and vital regardless of the strength of state and campus budgetary support. Donors may choose to support specific programs, projects, or library materials in a discipline or area of the donor's choice. We encourage interested donors to contact us or the Library Development Office to discuss possible endowment opportunities.

Major Gifts - Significant contributions toward Library enhancements are welcomed and could include a recognition plaque or naming opportunities for improved areas, subject to campus approval procedures.

Memorial Gifts - Contributions given in memory or in honor of a person or to mark a special occasion are recognized with a bookplate and family members notified. For a gift of $1,000, a named memorial book fund can be established, and for gifts totaling $50,000 or more, a named memorial library endowment fund with its own special bookplate can be created.

Matching Gifts - Some firms match their employee's gifts to higher education. Ask your company's Matching Gifts Coordinator, or call 510/642-9377, and we will provide you with a list of companies with matching gift programs.

Planned Gifts - You may invest in the Library's future by including it in your estate plans without decreasing assets during your lifetime.

Bequests - The simplest method for a planned gift is to include the Library in your will. Bequests can take the form of cash, securities, or other property, and may be a specific sum or a stated percentage of the estate.

Trusts - A trust can be established to produce income for the donor or others during their lifetimes and ultimately provide future support for the Library. Cal's Gift Planning staff can provide assistance in determining an appropriate arrangement to meet your individual needs.

Book Donations

Gifts of scholarly materials and the results of research have historically represented a significant element in the development of Berkeley's outstanding research collections. We welcome individual gifts, but due to space and staff limitations, we must be judicious in accepting large contributions. Donations of recently published books are welcomed. New book purchases will be checked to ensure titles aren’t already on order.

Please contact Frank Carothers to discuss your donation of books.

Contribute Online

Donations can be made online using the Library Fund Online Gift Form and by designating that your gift is for the Canadian Studies Collection at the bottom of the form.

Contribute by Mail

Please make checks payable to UC Regents and specify that it is for the Canadian Studies Collection. Send along with any instructions regarding the donation to:

Claude H. Potts
Libriarian for Romance Language Collections
218 Doe Library
University of California
Berkeley CA  94720-6000

tel: (510) 643-8966
email: cpotts [at]

For further information about giving to the Library, you may also contact the
The Library Development Office.

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