Canadian Social Research Links


Sites de recherche sociale au Canada


Updated February 26, 2018
Page révisée le 26 février 2018

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New (Feb. 2018) from the Government of Canada:

Resources of the Language Portal of Canada
This one-stop window for free language resources provides Canadians with a wide range of writing tools, quizzes and links to help them improve their English and French.

Version française:
Ressources du Portail linguistique du Canada


Dictionnaire - thésaurus - traducteur
Le grand dictionnaire terminologique
Source :
Office québecois de la langue française


TradooIT : Bilingual Concordancer
(English - French - Spanish)


Reverso - free online multilingual translation


Good Calculators
This website provides a variety of online calculators, math, engineering and conversion calculators.


NEWThe Best Guide to Grammar and Professional Writing StylesNEW les/


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Wayback Machine : Internet Archive

The Internet Archive is a US-based nonprofit that has been archiving the web for 20 years. So far, they’ve cataloged petabytes worth of web pages and claim to continue to archive 300 million new web pages each week. Their massive database allows the organization to run services like the Wayback Machine, which anyone can use to visit an archived version of most web pages, sometimes dating back years.

The Internet Archive (video, duration 13:04)
November (?) 2013
1. Skip directly to 00:45 in the video --- the beginning is just filler...
2. Although it's undated, this video was produced at some point in 2013, because the host announces that the Internet Archive has passed the 10-petabyte mark.
2. When a dynamic page renders in standard html, the archive works beautifully. When a dynamic page contains forms, JavaScript, or other elements that require interaction with the originating host, the archive will not contain the original site's functionality.

If a link to an external web page is broken, you can often recover the page by entering its URL into the Wayback Machine.

The Wayback Machine -
Browse through 368 billion web pages archived from 1996 to a few months ago.


To start surfing the Wayback Machine, type in the web address of a site or page where you would like to start, and press enter. Then select from the archived dates available.

The Wayback Machine will appeal more to "advanced" web surfers - people who have been online long enough to wish that they'd downloaded that page instead of just bookmarking it - now it's gone. The Wayback Machine is a tool that lets you revisit/recreate bygone versions of sites and extensive archival content of websites and web pages. Paste a URL in the box on the home page, and the Wayback machine will retrieve as many copies of that page as it has archived. If you paste into the Wayback Machine, for example, you'll see (as at May 1, 2013) links to 340 separate versions of this entire website (not just the home page) going right back to December 2000, two months after I purchased my own domain name ("").

Canadian Social Research Links : December 6, 2000
This is a functional archived copy of this website as at 06-12-2000 from The Wayback Machine
Use the Wayback Machine to access other sites right back to 1996..
Play with it - you don't have to register or anything, and you can't break it.
And don't miss the special collections of historical links!

Wayback Bookmarklet - Click this link, then scroll halfway down the page to "Take The Wayback Machine With You". Drag the Wayback link to your browser's toolbar (a.k.a. Links Bar). Now, when you click a link to a website OR to website content and the link is dead, just click your Wayback toolbar link and you'll be transported to a calendar with links to any historical versions of the website or the file at the Wayback Machine. Select the latest version before the link went dead.
[You'll just have to play with this tool to learn how useful it can be to help you retrieve lost files and sites!]


A practical example of how to make the Internet Archive work for you:


The Canadian Government's
Namby-Pamby Answer to the Internet Archive:

(but only for federal government website content, and only back to December 2005)

The Government of Canada Web Archive
Since the Fall of 2007, Library and Archives Canada has been harvesting the web domain of the Federal Government of Canada (starting in December 2005).Client access to the content of the Government of Canada Web Archive is provided through searching by keyword, by department name, and by URL.The archive currently contains over 170 million digital objects and more than 7 terabytes of data.
Library and Archives Canada

Publications Canada
The federal government's Depository Services Program (DSP) and Publications websites have been integrated into a single searchable, browseable database of federal government publications. The website of the Depository Services Program was officially decommissioned on December 8, 2011.


International Internet Preservation Consortium
In July 2003 the national libraries of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Sweden, The British Library (UK), The Library of Congress (USA) and the Internet Archive (USA) acknowledged the importance of international collaboration for preserving Internet content for future generations. This group of 12 institutions chartered the IIPC to fund and participate in projects and working groups to accomplish the Consortium’s goals. The initial agreement was in effect for three years, during which time the membership was limited to the charter institutions. Since then, membership has expanded to include additional libraries, archives, museums and cultural heritage institutions involved in Web archiving.

The Socioweb : Your Independent Guide to Sociological Resources on the Internet

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Wikipedia is a multilingual, web-based, free-content encyclopedia project based on an openly editable model. The name "Wikipedia" is a portmanteau of the words wiki (a technology for creating collaborative websites, from the Hawaiian word wiki, meaning "quick") and encyclopedia. Wikipedia's articles provide links to guide the user to related pages with additional information.

Selected Poverty and
Welfare Resources from Wikipedia

Subjects include:
Poverty - Welfare state - welfare - Welfare reform - Social safety net - Human Development Index - Human Poverty Index - Measuring poverty - Poverty reduction - Social Welfare in Canada - Poverty in Canada - Poverty reduction - Homelessness in Canada.

AcademicInfo: Subject Guides & Online Degrees
"Educational resources and subject guides since 1998"
AcademicInfo is an online education resource center with extensive subject guides and distance learning information. Our mission is to provide free, independent and accurate information and resources for prospective and current students (and other researchers). AcademicInfo was founded in 1998 by Mike Madin, a librarian coordinator, and is now maintained by multiple contributors. We currently feature over 25,000+ hand-picked resources and update the website on a daily basis.
* Subject Guides
* Educational Resources
* Education Blogs
* Online Degrees
* About & Help

From AcademicInfo:

* Canadian Studies Links & General Resources
* Canadian Studies - Directory of Online Resources on Canada
* Canadian Organizations, Associations, Centres & Societies

Dictionaries - Thesaurus - Encyclopedia
OneLook Dictionaries
WWWebster Dictionary 716 links to online reference sites


Wiktionary, the free dictionary (English-language version)
Wiktionary is a collaborative project to produce a free-content multilingual dictionary.
- includes a thesaurus, a rhyme guide, phrase books, language statistics and extensive appendices
- includes not only the definition of a word, but also enough information to really understand it --- etymologies, pronunciations, sample quotations, synonyms, antonyms and translations.


howjsay . com
A free online Talking Dictionary of English Pronunciation

--------------------------------------------------------- - incl. FR/ EN and EN/FR translations, of course et bien sûr!
The language portal offers you dictionary translations, language quizzes & games, vocabulary lessons for learning and much more. is interactive: You can enter your own translation, create your own language test or your own vocabulary flashcard set. is a language project - "a portal where language lovers can meet and exchange their ideas and learn languages from each other."
- incl. links to 25 bilingual dictionaries and millions of translations, including pronunciation, sample sentences and many additional features (word games, anyone?).

"English, Medical, Legal, and Computer Dictionaries, Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, a Literature Reference Library, and a Search Engine all in one!"


Multilingual English dictionary that allows you to find definitions, synonyms and related words (thesaurus) for English words as well as their other-language equivalents.


allRefer - encyclopedia containing almost 52,000 entries along with a North America gazetteer containing almost 50,000 entries. Includes country studies and facts.


Since its creation in 2001, Wikipedia has grown rapidly into one of the largest reference web sites, attracting around 65 million visitors monthly as of 2009. There are more than 75,000 active contributors working on more than 13,000,000 articles in more than 260 languages. As of today, there are 2,895,476 articles in English
"The biggest multilingual open access encyclopedia on the internet"


Infoplease - All the knowledge you need
"Information Please has been providing authoritative answers to all kinds of factual questions since 1938—first as a popular radio quiz show, then starting in 1947 as an annual almanac, and since 1998 on the Internet."


The Canadian Encyclopedia
"With the aid of its partners and the generous support of Heritage Canada, Historica presents this site free of charge to all Canadians and to interested users around the world. The site contains the complete text of the acclaimed Canadian Encyclopedia in English and French, the text of the Junior Encyclopedia of Canada (in English only), numerous interactivities, feature articles, games, the Canucklehead Quiz, and an extensive timeline of Canadian and world events. The entire text can be searched via the simple search or advanced search and the user can switch languages at any time."

- features more than 10,000 articles written by a broad base of over 4,000 Canadians who are experts in their individual subjects. In addition to entries written in  hypertext format with bibliographies, the encyclopedia offers interactive elements, such as statistical graphs, multimedia presentations of key historical events, quizzes and games, student guides, monthly topical features, and more. The encyclopedia is accessible in French and English. 

Check out these two sample entries from the Canadian Encyclopedia:

Social Security
- excellent online resource by an expert in the field, Dennis Guest.
- includes History of Social Security in Canada and Renewing Canada's Social Programs.


A Truly Canadian Start Page - Since 2001

Thousands of articles, organized by various regional and topical categories including information about people, business, multiculturalism, history and Canadian values.


SourceWatch (formerly Disinfopedia)
"...a collaborative project to produce a directory of public relations firms, think tanks, industry-funded organizations and industry-friendly experts that work to influence public opinion and public policy on behalf of corporations, governments and special interests. Sponsored by the Center for Media and Democracy (, the Disinfopedia was started in February 2003 and contributors are now working on over 7,000 articles.

Speling, grammar and style guides 

The Canadian Style
(THE BIBLE for federal government writers)
The Canadian Style gives concise answers to questions concerning written English in the Canadian context. It covers such topics as the decimal point, abbreviations, capital letters, punctuation marks, hyphenation, spelling, frequently misused or confused words and Canadian geographical names. It also includes useful advice for drafting letters, memos, reports, indexes and bibliographies.
Language Portal of Canada
* About the Portal * Site Map * What's New? * * TERMIUM Plus® * Writing Tools * Gateway to English * Quizzes * Clear and Effective Communication * Dictionaries and Publications * Languages in Canada * Language Training * Language Professions * Standardization * Francophonie * Our Contributors (Geographical Index - Articles) * Contact Us * FAQs

Favourite Articles
[Click "Search by title"]
Favourite Articles is a collection of articles from the Translation Bureau's periodical, Language Update, dealing with English language usage and style, translation problems and other language-related matters.

The Elements of Style (William Strunk, 1918)
The Classic.

Common Errors in English
In addition to sound information on the use of apostrophes, this site offers selected rules of grammar and spelling, many of which are worth repeating here:

* Your/You're - 'Your gonna love you're new house!'
* Who's/Whose - 'Whose gonna love who's new house?'
* Its, It's - 'The cat must be sick - its just barfed it's dinner.'
* Affect, Effect - 'He wasn't effected by the tragic news.'
* Me/Myself - 'For more information, please contact my assistant or myself.'
* Separate, Seperate - 'Kindly submit a seperate form for each case.'
* Apostrophes and words ending in "O" - 'The grocer had no tomato's left by the time I arrived.'
* Compliment/complement - 'This report is a great compliment to the session we attended.''

NOTE: All of the above examples are incorrect.
If you agreed with *any* of those examples, can help you!

Grammar, usage and style resources

A Handbook of Rhetorical Devices
"This book contains definitions and examples of more than sixty traditional rhetorical devices - from alliteration to zeugma - all of which can still be useful today to improve the effectiveness, clarity, and enjoyment of your writing."

The Grammar and Punctuation Glossary
From Acronym to Verb, definition and a link to usage
University of Phoenix Online College Degrees

Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation
- incl. grammar and punctuation exercises and tests

Webgrammar with spelling, grammar, homonyms, punctuation, capitalization, and style; information in the areas of writing, education, typography, academic research, and Web development...

Word Wizards**(see note below)
"The Canadian Online Language Toolkit"
Government of Canada
Version française: Génies des mots - La trousse langagière canadienne en ligne.
"Word Wizards offers a comprehensive compendium of online, made-in-Canada language tools. You may also consult our Directory of Organizations to find out who is doing what in the language industries in Canada. (...)
- collection of online resources - some free, some for a fee - for people who write in either French or English
- incl links to : About Word Wizards - Directory of Organizations - Writing Tools - Translation Tools (Fr/Eng - Eng/Fr only) - Terminology Tools - Specialized Tools - Feedback - Study English or French in Canada.
Free Language Tools - links to a dozen online free resources, mainly from government and university

**This site is dead - I don't think it was active for more than two years...
Our federal tax dollars at work!
Here's the Word Wizards website as it appeared (sans graphics) in March 2005
--- thanks to the Internet Archive

Plain English Campaign

The Phrase Finder
Meanings and origins of over 2,000 English sayings, phrases and idioms

Ouvrages de référence en français 

Le guide du rédacteur
- la bible de rédaction du gouvernement fédéral
Le guide du rédacteur fournit la réponse à une multitude de questions qui touchent l'emploi des majuscules, de l'italique et des signes de ponctuation, la façon correcte d'écrire les nombres dans un texte, les abréviations, les citations et les coupures de mots en fin de ligne.
Il expose toutes les techniques possibles pour féminiser un texte, les grandes règles de la correspondance, les principes de la langue claire et simple et les règles détaillées des références bibliographiques. De plus, un chapitre entier est consacré aux noms géographiques canadiens..
Portail linguistique du Canada
- liens vers les page suivantes:
* À propos du Portail * Plan du site * Quoi de neuf? * En manchettes – Archives * TERMIUM Plus® * Outils d'aide à la rédaction * Le français sans secrets * Jeux
* Communication claire et efficace * Dictionnaires et publications * Langues au Canada * Formation linguistique * Professions langagières * Normalisation * Francophonie * Nos collaborateurs * Index géographique * Articles * Contactez-nous * Foire aux questions

.Dictionnaire de la langue française - de l'Internaute

La grammaire interactive - navigation par thèmes, un outil de recherche et un index alphabétique permettent de consulter les fiches grammaticales de Softissimo. Les explications y sont claires et les exemples pertinents. De plus, la rubrique « Testez-vous » propose des exercices qui sont corrigés en ligne.
Grammaire : Les accords
- L'accord de l'adjectif
- L'accord du déterminant
- L'accord du participe passé
- L'accord du verbe
Testez votre orthographe
Dictionnaire de synonymes

Conjugaison en ligne


Ode to Traductors - [image] - why I have this love-hate relationship with government translation...

® [direct link to search page] - now FREE!
- link to the Government Translation Bureau's terminology and linguistic data bank, which contains nearly 4 million terms in English, French and Spanish.
- includes the latest terminology in nearly all fields, equivalents in either official language of acronyms, initialisms and abbreviations
- lets you find an expression using keywords
- helps you improve the clarity and effectiveness of your communications and save time
Language Portal of Canada


Special FREE Govt. of Canada resource for people working in
both official languages who are iPhone and BlackBerry users:

Language Portal of Canada on the go!
Find the right words ANYTIME, ANYWHERE
with the Government of Canada's first mobile linguistic application.

The Language Portal of Canada has launched Language Portal of Canada on the go! - the Government of Canada's first ever mobile linguistic application. It lets iPhone and BlackBerry users search TERMIUM Plus®, the Government of Canada's terminology and linguistic data bank, and quickly find equivalents for nearly 4 million English and French terms in various fields, so Canadians can communicate more easily in both official languages.

Also from the Language Portal of Canada:

English / French Writing Tools
- it's not included in the mobile application, but I highly recommend this page for anyone who wishes to hone his or her writing skills in English ou en français!

Language Portal of Canada


TradooIT : Bilingual Concordancer (English - French - Spanish)
TradooIT is a computer-assisted translation suite including a translation memory, a term bank and a bilingual concordancer.
TradooIT's public translation memory contains texts taken from legislation, government websites, international organization websites, movie subtitles, etc. TradooIT designers made every effort to include in the public memory a variety of sources that will meet language professionals' needs, no matter the field in which they work.
TradooIT's public term bank contains terms from Wikipedia and well-known term banks.
More about TradooIT

Le grand dictionnaire terminologique
Office de la langue francaise

Excellent! Traduit du français à l'anglais et de l'anglais au français
 Trois millions de termes français et anglais dans 200 domaines d'activité
Translates words from French to English or English to French - three million French and English entries in 200 fields

Dictionnaire - thésaurus - traducteur
- incl. multilingual dictionaries

French-English Dictionary - from The ARTFL Project (American and French Research on the Treasury of the French Language)

Termes juridiques - Ministère de la Justice du Québec (PDF file - 159K, 26 pages)
This is a French-to-English dictionary, but you can go to the English index at the end of the file and use it to find French legal terms.

Harper Collins French-English Dictionary (

Free online translation of web pages or text
*Google's Language Tools

* Translation
*Go translator
*T-Text (text only) 
*These are free translation services where you can type (or cut-and-paste) a word, a paragraph, a page or even a URL (Internet address) and see the translation almost immediately. This is machine translation, most suitable for someone who is looking for the gist of a word/text/web page. Don't try using these services in lieu of human translators, though -- they're pretty rough around the edges.

Internet research tools 

Yahoo Canada
Excite Netsearch
Webplaces Internet Search Guide
Open Directory Project
Google Image Search


Canadian Search Engines (two dozen links)
Search Engine Colossus
(links to search engines from 217 countries around the world!)

See the Web Authoring Tools page of this site for links to sites and programs for web designers, including online services that check your website to make sure that it's accessible by people with disabilities and people with different types of browsers.

Google Scholar
For scholars young and old, Google Scholar is a great way to find key academic resources from all over the world. The homepage features a basic search engine, along with the ability to look through millions of patents and legal documents. Visitors can use the My Citations area to craft their own set of resources and they are also welcome to use the Metrics area for rigorous data. The advanced search options, links to articles citing the pieces users find, and connections to pdfs and local university libraries make Google Scholar an indispensable aid in conducting literature reviews. This version is compatible with all operating systems.

The Scout Report

Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2013


Metasearch engines



Outils de recherche sur Internet en français

La Toile du Québec
Yahoo Québec



Google Maps - maps, directions, local businesses
Bing Maps

Canadian Maps and Views (from Open Directory Project
Canadian Maps -
plus travel info
YAHOO! Canada Maps - enter a street address -- see a printable map and driving directions. Canada and US only 

Canada Maps (from the University of Texas at Austin)

National Atlas of Canada Online  (Dept. of Natural Resources) 
MAPQUEST - mapping the world

Atlapedia Online
- full color physical maps, political maps as well as key facts and statistics on countries of the world

Virus and virus hoax resources  (separate page on this site)

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Computer Related Repetitive Strain Injury
Excellent resources... 

Throw your mouse away - see 
Keyboard Shortcuts


Atomic Clock Sync
- download and install this small program on your computer to sync your clock automatically from time to time. I use it, and I recommend it! (Not required if you use Windows XP or Vista, but good for W2000 and older systems)
National Research Council Web Clock - clocks, calendars and countdown timers
Atomic Clock (U.S.)
What time is it? (U.S. Naval Observatory, Washington)

Find someone 

White Pages - Canada and U.S.
- includes links (tabs running across the top of the page) to the following:
People Search * Business Search * Reverse Phone* Reverse Address * Area Codes * Postal Codes * Tools and Resources * Bulk Searches

Postal Code Lookup - Canada Post 
Canada 411 (12 million listings, incl. postal codes)
International Phonebooks Directory - by country


PDF Mergy
Merging pdf files just got much easer with PDF Mergy. This application gives users the ability to just drag and drop files that need to be merged into a handy window. Users move the documents into the desired order, click Merge, and download the single-file version. This Web app is compatible with all operating systems.


From the Bank of Canada:

*** Inflation Calculator
The Inflation Calculator uses monthly consumer price index (CPI) data from 1914 to the present to show changes in the cost of a fixed "basket" of consumer purchases. These include food, shelter, furniture, clothing, transportation, and recreation.

*** Investment Calculator
The Investment Calculator shows the effects of inflation on investments and savings. This tool allows you to see what a current investment will be worth in the future based on different assumptions on the annual interest rate and the annual rate of inflation. You can also enter a dollar amount to see how much you would have to invest today to reach a specific target value in the future, based on different rates of interest and inflation.


The Political Compass
Read the blurb on the main page of this site, then take the (entirely anonymous) five-minute test. It will tell you where YOU are on the political compass.

- includes a list of influential thinkers who think like you, based on your test results...

How Much Data Is That?
What the heck is a Yottabyte?

ASA Format and Style guide (from Wikipedia)
- incl. the following:
* Why Citation is Important
* When Should Citation Be Used?
* Citation Styles
* Tools to Help with Citation
* Resources

Excellent Canadian history site, plenty of interactive features, plenty of interesting content!

eHistory - "the site for history fans, enthusiasts and students. eHistory consists of over 130,000 pages of historical content; 5,300 timeline events; 800 battle outlines; 350 biographies; and thousands of images and maps."

WhoWhatWhen is an interactive historical database of people and events from 1000 A.D. to the present. Create graphic timelines of periods in history and of the lives of individuals.

Best of History Websites

Good Calculators
This website provides a variety of online calculators, math, engineering and conversion calculators.

Calculators Online Center
- part of Martindale's The Reference Center

Project Gutenberg Home Page

The Online Books Page

Page by Page Books
"...hundreds of classic books you can read right now, all absolutely free! It is an ideal way to expand your horizons, catch up on your reading list, or read books that it seems like everyone else has already read. Fix yourself a drink, get comfortable and Start Reading!"

Books by Title - links to almost 400 titles, from Aesop's Fables and Anne of Green Gables to Tom Sawyer and War of the Worlds
Authors - over 130 authors --- although I'm not quite sure how George Dubya Bush made it onto the same list as Charles Dickens and Mark Twain...


Rick Mercer Report

The Phobia List - alpha index or by type of fear...

The MegaPenny Project - what does a billion pennies look like?
Powers of Ten - similar, but different...

Universal Currency Converter - from
How many Euros is that, please?

The Merck Manuals - Medical Reference
Full text online - incredible resource!

The Merck Manual of Medical Information--Home Edition uses everyday language to present information about diseases, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment.

The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy is used by more medical professionals worldwide than any other general medical textbook and has been continuously published longer than any other English language general medical textbook.

The Merck Manual of Geriatrics features a unique interdisciplinary approach that specifically addresses the challenges facing geriatric care. It includes information on nursing care, pharmacy issues, and discussions of the best drugs for the elderly.

The Merck Veterinary Manual addresses the medical issues of companion, food, and zoo animals. This book includes discussions of etiology, transmission and pathogenesis, clinical findings and lesions, diagnosis, treatment, control, and prevention of disease entities.

The Merck Index provides data and descriptions of chemicals, drugs, and biologicals. The book contains over 10,000 monographs; subject matter includes human and veterinary drugs, biologicals and natural products, agricultural chemicals, industrial and laboratory chemicals, and environmentally significant compounds.
Source : Merck Frosst Canada

Interactive Health Tutorials
- incl. Diseases and Conditions - Tests and Diagnostic Procedures - Surgery and Treatment Procedures - Prevention and Wellness
"A Service of US National Library of Medicine and
the National Institutes of Health", a medical and health consumer information resource containing comprehensive and unbiased information in patient-friendly language from trusted sources on over 1,500 health topics, 70 focussed health centers, and more than 11,000 drugs and medications.

First-Aid Guide - from the Mayo Clinic


Lib Quotes NEW[ ] is more than a searchable database of sourced quotations. Our mission is to educate and inform, and along the way spread the importance of quoting with proper attribution. A reliable and accurate resource for quotes is what we strive to provide to readers worldwide. Many of our verified quotations include informative footnotes and possible variant translations. You can also find plenty of useful information about authors, such as biography, links to their works in the public domain, and which other authors they are related to.


Familiar Quotations by John Bartlett
"A Collection of Passages, Phrases, and Proverbs Traced to Their Sources in Ancient and Modern Literature."

Quotations - Links (from Yahoo!)

Moving in Canada?

Canadian Relocation Systems - "the Online Guide for people Relocating or Moving in Canada, organized by City and Categories of interest from Arts to Weather."
Compulsory reading for anyone considering a move to another Canadian city!
Covers over 50 Canadian cities...
Links to an impressive collection of resources : moving planner & checklist, cost-of-living reports, Canadian residential rentals, city snapshots, income and work statistics, job resources, and much more helpful information...

Google Books
Seven million books, digitized and searchable!!
Check the FAQ and "more info" pages, then try the Google Book search engine; you can search by title or keyword.
FAQ : Using Google Books

More info about Google Books - including information on how to do a book search, the Google Books Settlement Agreement and the three-year court case that started with a class action lawsuit against Google Books by the Authors Guild, the Association of American Publishers and a handful of authors and publishers.

Google Books search



Below, you'll find links to three Canadian social policy classics that I found on the Google Books site.
NOTE: Copyright legislation doesn't allow Google Books to post links to free full-text books unless the copyright has expired or the book is in the public domain. However, Google *can* publish snippets - sometimes large chunks, in fact - of the content of those books. Check the three links below to see exactly HOW much of the content is reproduced. The user interface is a bit daunting at first, but it works well when you get the hang of it.
TIP: The first thing you should do after clicking a link to the Google Books collection (including those below) is to ensure that the scroll bar on the right-hand side of your screen is at the top of the vertical column. (That's because the links are search result links and they often link to an anchor partway down on a page; if that's the case, scroll up all the way to see the whole page.)

Food Banks and the Welfare Crisis
By Graham Riches


The Emergence of Social Security in Canada
Third Edition

By Dennis Guest


The welfare state in Canada: a selected bibliography, 1840 to 1978
By Allan Moscovitch, Theresa Jennissen, Peter Findlay


CAUTION : this site is addictive --- even if you're not remotely interested in social policy, there's something here to suit every taste under the sun.
How about:
* The Complete Book of Fly Fishing by Tom McNally
* 400 Knitting Stitch Patterns by Murdoch Books
* Seabiscuit : An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
* Popular Mechanics February 1992 issue
* Popular Mechanics collection
--- these are good examples of how generous the "snippets" of content from the books can be...
"The preeminent Internet publisher of literature, reference and verse providing sutudents, researchers and the intellectually curious with unlimited access to books and information on the web, free of charge."
- incl. tabs/drop-down menus for : Reference - Verse - Fiction - Nonfiction
- browse indexes by author, by subject or by title

Sample reference material available on the site:

Columbia Encyclopedia (Sixth Edition)
"Containing nearly 51,000 entries (marshalling six and one-half million words on a vast range of topics), and with more than 80,000 hypertext cross-references, the current Sixth Edition is among the most complete and up-to-date encyclopedias ever produced."
Roget’s II: The New Thesaurus (Third Edition)
"Containing 35,000 synonyms and over 250,000 cross-references in an easy-to-use format, this thesaurus features succinct word definitions and an innovative hyperlinked category index."
The American Heritage® Book of English Usage
A Practical and Authoritative Guide to Contemporary English
"With a detailed look at grammar, style, diction, word formation, gender, social groups and scientific forms, this valuable reference work is ideal for students, writers, academicians and anybody concerned about proper writing style."
The Columbia World of Quotations
"The 65,000 essential quotations that constitute this authoritative collection represent the research of 154 experts. Entries from more than 5,000 authors and speakers are multiply classified into 6,500 subjects."
Familiar Quotations "A Collection of Passages, Phrases, and Proverbs Traced to Their Sources in Ancient and Modern Literature"
Compiled by John Bartlett
"This tenth edition of 1919 contains over 11,000 searchable quotations and was the first new edition of John Bartlett’s corpus to be published after his death in 1905—the new editor, however, choosing more to supplement than revise the work of the first name in quotations."
The Elements of Style - William Strunk, Jr.
"Asserting that one must first know the rules to break them, this classic reference book is a must-have for any student and conscientious writer."
The World Factbook, 2003
"The U.S. government’s complete geographical handbook, featuring 268 full-color maps and flags of all nations and geographical entities. Each country profile tracks such demographics as population, ethnicity and literacy rates, as well as political, geographical and economic data."
The American Language An Inquiry into the Development of English in the United States by H.L. Mencken
"This classic was written to clarify the discrepancies between British and American English and to define the distinguishing characteristics of American English. Mencken’s groundbreaking study was undoubtedly the most scientific linguistic work on the American language to date and continues to serve as a definitive resource in the field."
The Encyclopedia of World History, 6th ed. 2001
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