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Canadian Studies: Find Books

Trent University Library guide to resources in Canadian Studies

Catalogue Search

Click on the link below to search our catalogue.

Other Catalogues

What is Interlibrary Loan?

Interlibrary loan is a system that allows you to request material from other libraries to be sent to Trent for you to borrow. Normally, there are no costs to use the ILL service. Plan ahead because it can take a few days or even weeks for material to be sent, depending upon availability.

Visit the RACER (ILL) page for more information.

Finding Books In the Library

TOPCAT search or browse

TOPCAT Power Search

When you want to find books in the Trent Library, search TOPCAT (the Library Catalogue). There's an online tutorial available to tell you about TOPCAT.

Use a keyword search to find items on a topic. For instance, to find books on "Canadian troops at the Battle of Vimy Ridge in World War I" you might search for "canad$ and vimy".

Terminology Notes:

TOPCAT uses LCSH (subject headings) in most records, to help us identify items of interest. These can be general or specific, depending on your topic.

Sample subject headings for general topics:

Canada--History
Canada--Politics and Government
Canada--Economic Conditions
Canada--Social Conditions
Indians of North America

The TOPCAT tutorials in the box to the right are an excellent starting point to learn search basics.

Trent University Archives Special Collections

The following bibliographies of resources in the Special Collections are available on the Archives website.

  • The North
  • Canadian Literature
  • Local and Regional Published Material

Tutorial: TOPCAT, the Library Catalogue

This tutorial shows how to find out what's in the Trent Library, using TOPCAT.