- Contact Library »
- PEI Resources
- Article Databases »
- Quick Links »
- Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
- Digital Collections
- Strategic Initiatives
Finding Web Resources: Canadian Politics
There are many WWW sites relating to Canadian Politics. To locate authoritative sites look for those created by professional organizations, academic institutions, research agencies, and government departments. Evaluate the sites with a view to accuracy and currency.
Access to Justice Network
Provides access to information about the Canadian justice and legal system including Canadian provincial statutes, regulations, Supreme Court of Canada judgments. Organized by subject headings such as: Aboriginal Peoples, Administration of Justice, Charter of Rights, and Public Policy. Available in both official languages.
American Political Science Association
Provides information on political science departments, conferences, grants and fellowships. Includes thirty-four groups "organized around common scholarly and professional interests".
Canada's Digital Collections
"Canada's Digital Collections showcases over 400 Web sites celebrating Canada's history, geography, science, technology and culture. These fascinating Web sites range from treasures of federal institutions, such as the National Library, the National Archives and the Museum of Civilization, to the local histories and way of life of Canadian communities. Canada's Digital Collections also features a growing set of on-line educational resources, such as curriculum units, classroom activities, quizzes and games."
Canadian Political Parties
Provides links to federal and provincial parties.
Canadian Political Science Association
Provides links to information about the Canadian Political Science Association and its activities and resources. The site is divided into ten categories. Also provides links to provincial, regional and international associations.
Canadian Politics on the Web
Provides annotated links to information on Canadian politics including The Constitution, The Executive, The Legal System, Civil Rights, Political Parties, Elections, Interest Groups, Women in Politics, Aboriginal Issues, Federalism, Quebec & National Unity, Canadian Foreign Policy and National Defense, and Media and Public Opinion Polls.
Department of Justice
Provides access to the Consolidated Statutes and Regulations of Canada. Access points include: By title; By subject; Non-Statutory Regulations; and Repealed Acts. Also includes links to Constitutional Texts, Major Statutes, Related Statutory Resources and Frequently accessed Statutes.
Early Canadiana Online
Provides Web access to a digital library of sources covering Canada's published heritage. It contains works published from the time of the first European settlers up to the early 20th Century. Collections include: Canadian Women's History; Champlain Society Publications; Colonial Government Journals; English Canadian Literature; History of French Canada; Hudson's Bay Company; Jesuit Relations; and Native Studies. The Collection in searchable.
Provides information on all aspects of the Canadian electoral system including: official voting results; registered political parties; electoral districts; election financing; and readjustment of electoral boundaries.
Provides direct links to the primary Web sites of Government of Canada departments and agencies, as well as links to Web sites maintained by organizations for which various departments and agencies are responsible.
Finding Canadian Government Information on the Internet: A Look at Four Principal Sites and Their Initiatives
Serves as a reference guide to publicly available government information, providing access to a wealth of Internet-based resources. Edited by Anita Cannon, reference librarian at Mount Allison University.
Government Electronic Directory Services
Provides an integrated directory of federal public servants. Searchable by name either as a general search or within a specific department/organization.
Government of Canada Primary Internet Site (Canada Site)
Provides information about Canadian institutions -Parliament, the ministry, the Prime Minister, the Supreme Court, and the Auditor General. Includes information about Canadian symbols and extensive links to Canadian Federal Institutions. Also includes pointers to provincial and territorial pages, and an intergovernmental online information kiosk with pointers to federal, provincial and municipal pages.
Governments on the World Wide Web
Provides links to government web sites, parliaments, law courts, heads of state, political parties and elections, embassies, and city councils for over 200 countries. Also, includes links to political parties, party alliances parliamentary groups, and youth organizations of political parties on a national level.
Index to Federal Royal Commissions
"Provides author and keyword access to materials associated with more than 200 federal Royal Commissions that have taken place since Confederation. There are approximately 6800 items in the index that includes commission reports, briefs, submissions, evidence, working papers and other documents."
International Political Science Association
Provides access to international organizations and foreign governments as well many links to major political science related sites. Includes a classified subject guide to politics.
Library and Archives Canada - Politics and Government
Provides a selective collection of links to databases, resources, and virtual exhibitions, including Cabinet Conclusions, The Diaries of William Lyon Mackenzie King, Government of Canada Files, Index to Federal Royal Commissions, Orders-in-Council, Prime Ministers' Fonds, Privates Archives and Colonial Records, and Sir John A. Macdonald: Canada’s Patriot Statesman.
Provides access to information on the Canadian Parliament. The site was created and is maintained jointly by the Senate, the House of Commons and the Library of Parliament. Provides access to a collection of official publications from the Senate and the House of Commons and transcripts of the Parliamentary proceedings (Hansard).
The PARLINE database (a derivative of Parliaments on-Line) has been developed by the Inter-Parliamentary Union and is regularly updated on the basis of official information provided by national Parliaments. Whenever other sources of information are used, as is the case with preliminary results of parliamentary elections in some countries before comprehensive official results are made public, these alternative sources are indicated accordingly. For all countries where a national legislature exists, the database provides: General information on each of the Parliament's chambers; Description of the electoral system; Results of the most recent elections; Information on the presidency of each Chamber; Information on the mandate and status of members of Parliament". (Web page).
Political Databases of the Americas
"Provided as part of a joint project by Georgetown University's Resource Unit on Democratic Governability at the Center for Latin American Studies, the Organization of American States (OAS), and the Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL), this database offers documentary and statistical political information for scholars and politicians studying democracy in Latin America. Data includes constitutions, electoral laws, legislative and executive branch information and election data. Users can browse by topic or conduct a keyword search of the database. The site also houses a collection of related links, including sources for current events and breaking news in Latin America". (Copyright Internet Scout Project, 1994-2000. http://scout.wisc.edu/)
Political Resources on the Net
Provides "listings of political sites available on the Internet sorted by country, with links to parties, organizations, governments, media and more from all around the world." (From the web page). This site is searchable with some annotations.
Political Science Resources
Provides annotated pointers to resources in over a dozen Political Science related categories including: area studies, elections, constitutions, political parties, theory, political thought, local government, and international relations. Maintained by Richard Kimber, a lecturer in Politics at the University of Keele.
Poly-Cy: Internet Resources for Political Science
Provides a compilation of links in the areas of Political Science, American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Affairs, Judicial Politics and Public Policy. The site is divided into the following categories: Professional, Teaching, Research, Service, and Publications. The site is maintained by Robert Duval of the West Virginia University Department of Political Science and the West Virginia University Institute for Public Affairs. The site is searchable.
Provincial and Territorial Governments
Provides links to the official government Web sites of all Canada's provinces and territories.
Scholarly Societies Project - Political Science
The Scholarly Resources Project sponsored by the University of Waterloo Library consists of a set of subject pages created to facilitate access to websites maintained by or for scholarly societies throughout the world. Resources of Scholarly Societies - Political Science provides links to sixty websites of scholarly societies in Political Science.
“The Scout Report Archives is a searchable and browseable database to over nine years' worth of the Scout Report and subject-specific Scout Reports. It contains over 24,000 critical annotations of carefully selected Internet sites and mailing lists.” (Internet Scout Project - Scout Archives). Keyword Search, Advanced Search, and Browse by Library of Congress Subject Heading options are available.
Statistics Canada is the official source for Canadian social and economic statistics and products.
Supreme Court of Canada
Provides links to Judgments, Acts and Rules and Information on Cases as well a Information About the Supreme Court. Searchable by concepts or by fields in judgments. Supreme Court reports are available from 1985 to the present.
Teaching Political Science
"The American Political Science Association (APSA) has recently launched Teaching Political Science. This rich pedagogical site provides an array of professional development opportunities for instructors and many educational resources for students of political science and civics. Included are a database of online syllabi, a collection of scholarly articles and essays, a section devoted to civic education, online access to APSA's journal, PS: political Science & Politics, and much more. Each month, the site will focus on an aspect of political science education". (Copyright Internet Scout Project, 1994-2000. http://scout.wisc.edu/)
ThisNation: The American Government and Politics Portal
"ThisNation features an extensive library of major documents in American political history, including (but not nearly limited to) the Magna Carta, the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, Washington's Farewell Address, The Federalist Papers, the Emancipation Proclamation, Madison's War Message of 1812, the Monroe Doctrine, the War Powers Resolution Act, over a dozen historic Supreme Court rulings, and The Atlantic Charter. The site also offers an online American Government and Politics Textbook (http://www.thisnation.com/textbook.html) that serves as an excellent primer on the American political process. In addition, the site contains learning tools designed separately for citizens, students, and teachers... and a search engine for 5,000 political websites". (Copyright Internet Scout Project, 1994-2000. http://scout.wisc.edu/)
The official homepage of the United Nations includes an introduction to the structure and work of the United Nation, a history of the United Nations, principal organs of the United Nations, and full text of the UN General Assembly and Security Council resolutions and documents. It is divided into the following categories: Peace and Security, Economic and Social Development, Human Rights, Humanitarian Affairs, and International Law. The site is searchable.
United Nations Scholars' Workstation at Yale University
"Developed by the Yale University Library and the Social Science Statistical Laboratory, this site is "a collection of texts, finding aids, data sets, maps, and pointers to print and electronic information. Subject coverage includes disarmament, economic and social development, environment, human rights, international relations, international trade, peacekeeping, and population and demography." The Research Tools and Research Approaches to UN information sections highlight this site. The tools sections contains links to library resources and finding aids, Internet resources, CD-ROMs and databases, numeric data, maps, recent publications, and archival resources. The approaches section describes Internet access to UN information by organizational structure, research topic, geographic area, biographical information and current US legislation." (Copyright Internet Scout Project, 1994-2000. http://scout.wisc.edu/)
University of Michigan Documents Center
"University of Michigan Documents Center Coordinator Grace York provides this site, one of the best and most comprehensive gateways to US and international government information. The site is arranged both geographically (international, foreign, federal, state, and Michigan), and thematically (statistics, politics, and documents in the news). Sites are also available alphabetically and the entire site is searchable. Specialized materials such as congressional and gubernatorial directories and email addresses are also provided. This is an indispensable bookmark for anyone interested in government information". (Copyright Internet Scout Project, 1994-2000. http://scout.wisc.edu/)
University of Waterloo - Government Information
Provides links to government and political information for many countries. Includes constitutions, treaties and agreements, legal information, guides and bibliographies.
Web Sites of National Parliaments
Provides links to web sites of world parliaments.
Yahoo Guide to Political Science
Provides access under the following categories: Books, Church-State Issues, Conferences, Education, Electronic Texts, Institutes, International Relations, Journals, Organizations, Political Economy, Political Theory, Politics, Public Administration, Public Policy Usenet, and Web Directories.