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AccessUN
Coverage:1945 to the present

Index to United Nations documents including Official Records, masthead documents, draft resolutions, meeting records, UN Sales Publications, and the UN Treaty Series citations. Also includes full-text for several thousand UN documents.

If the full text is not found online, you can find it on microfiche in the Readex United Nations Collection, or check the library catalogue, to see if the library owns a print copy of the item.

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BestCase
Coverage:1898 to the present; varies by title

BestCase Library provides full-text access to Canada's leading law reports and case summary services, as well as a collection of unreported decisions dating back to 1977.

 

Case Law Reporters:

  • Canadian Criminal Cases (C.C.C.) – 1898 to present
  • Dominion Law Reports (D.L.R.) – 1912 to present
  • Labour Arbitration Cases (L.A.C.) – 1948 to present
  • Land Compensation Reports (L.C.R.) – 1971 to present
  • Ontario Municipal Board Reports (O.M.B.R.) – 1972 to present

Summary Services and Unreported Decisions:

  • All-Canada Weekly Summaries (A.C.W.S.) – 1977 to present
  • Canadian Labour Arbitration Summaries (C.L.A.S.) – 1986 to present
  • Weekly Criminal Bulletin (W.C.B.) – 1977 to present

The database features PDF images of reported decisions complete with headnotes and PDF images of original judgments as released by court with official court stamps and signatures.  Both reported and unreported decisions can be downloaded. 

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Bibliography of Native North Americans
Coverage:16th century to present

Bibliography of Native North Americans (BNNA) is a bibliographic database covering all aspects of native North American culture, history, and life. This resource covers a wide range of topics including archaeology, multicultural relations, gaming, governance, legend, and literacy. BNNA contains more than 80,000 citations for books, essays, journal articles, and government documents of the United States and Canada. Dates of coverage for included content range from the sixteenth century to the present. The database is an essential research tool for anthropologists, educators, historians, political scientists, sociologists, psychologists, legal and medical researchers, linguists, theologians, ethnobotanists, and policy makers. Bibliography of Native North Americans will appeal to anyone interested in exploring the contributions, struggles, and issues surrounding North America's indigenous peoples.

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British Humanities Index
Coverage:1962 to present

Indexes and abstracts over 370 internationally respected humanities journals and weekly magazines published in the UK and other English speaking countries, as well as quality newspapers published in the UK. Major areas of coverage include: architecture, archaeology, art, antiques, cinema, current affairs, education, economics, environment, foreign affairs, gender studies, history, language, law, linguistics, literature, music, painting, philosophy, poetry, political science, religion and theatre.

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Cambridge Journals Online

Cambridge is a not-for-profit publisher dedicated to the world-wide dissemination of knowledge across a wide range of subject areas, and currently publishes over 220 peer-reviewed academic journals. As well as those journals owned by the Press itself, they publish on behalf of over 100 learned and professional societies.

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Canadian Research Index
Coverage:1982 to the present

Includes publications produced by Canadian governments (federal, provincial, territorial & municipal), government agencies & departments, research institutes and government laboratories. Index to Microlog microfiche collection.  Contains over 200,000 records, including some from Statistics Canada and Canadian theses & dissertations.

 

NOTE: To view the fullt--text of an item included in the Canadian Research Index, take note of the Microlog number included in the record(s)(e.g., Microlog 104-05853). The item(s) will be located in the Microlog microfiche collection housed in MILLS Government Publications (2nd floor)(CA7MC-M31). Earlier coverage available under previous titles: ProFile Index (1973-78) Urban Canada (1977-78) and Publicat Index (1977-78).

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Early English Books Online (EEBO)
Early English Books Online (EEBO) Text Creation Partnership Phase I

Early English Books Online (EEBO) contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700 - from the first book printed in English by William Caxton, through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and the tumult of the English Civil War.

The Text Creation Partnership, which provides highly searchable versions of the texts, made the first 25,000 works freely available in 2015.  This interface, at the University of Michigan, allows proximity and boolean searching within the available works, but does not search the full EEBO database.  

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Economist Intelligence Unit
Economist Intelligence Unit (Alternate Interface)
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Links to both EIU interfaces should now allow you to limit  your search results to McMaster's subscribed EIU content. When you generate a search results list, select "Your subscription" in the Refine search menu on the left.

EIU provides access to a wealth of current economic data and commentary on countries around the world. EIU is particularly useful for tracking operating conditions, commercial laws and business regulations.

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Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO and ECCO II)
Coverage:1701 - 1800

ECCO provides online access to every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom between 1701 and 1800, along with thousands of important works from the Americas. Content consists of books, pamphlets, broadsides, ephemera, and more.

McMaster has purchased both ECCO and the update, ECCO II, giving us access to over 180,000 titles (200,000 volumes).  Subject coverage includes history, literature, religion, law, fine arts, and science.

 

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EIU ViewsWire via EIU
Coverage:2004 to the present

EIU ViewsWire covers the critical aspects of global business, including business regulations; economic developments; financial markets; foreign investment; industrial trends; labor conditions; political changes; and trade policies in 201 countries. It delivers three types of business intelligence:

  • Country alerts offering briefings on key market developments around the world
  • Country views for timely assessments and forecasts of changing market country updates, consensus currency, interest and equity forecasts, country forecast and risk summaries
  • Country background covering facts and figures on local market and regulatory environments, including country fact sheets, economic indicators, trade, tax and foreign exchange regulations, and weekly interest rates.

Search or browse the content by information channel, country or date.

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First Resort (Lancaster House)
Coverage:1990s to the present
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The FirstResort interface changed in September 2017.
The Library does not subscribe to the Collective Agreements in Canada module in FirstResort.

First Resort is Lancaster House's database for Canadian labour, employment, and human rights law. McMaster's Library subscription consists of the resources noted below. Search all content at once or browse specific content by selecting an item listed under the Explore First Resort heading (on the left). 

  • e-Alert Databases, 1997 to current
    Contains articles that summarize and analyse key labour and employment law decisions across Canada. The articles are organized into twenty databases (or titles), each of which covers a different area of labour and employment law. Search or browse articles and obtain access to full-text decisions.
    • Collective Bargaining
    • College and University Employment Law
    • Disability & Accommodation
    • Discharge & Discipline
    • Education Employment Law
    • Employment Standards Law
    • Federal Labour & Employment Law
    • Firefighters/Fire Services Employment Law
    • Gender, Equity and Work-Life Balance
    • Health & Safety/Workers' Compensation Law
    • Health Care Employment Law
    • Human Rights and Workplace Privacy
    • Labour Arbitration
    • Labour Board Law
    • Labour Law
    • Municipal Employment Law
    • Pension & Benefit Law
    • Police Employment Law
    • Public Service & Crown Agency Employment Law
    • Wrongful Dismissal and Employment Law
       
  • Headlines, 2003 to the present 
    Lancaster House Headlines cover the latest, most significant developments in labour and employment law. Concise summaries include links to full-text decisions.  
     
  • Leading Cases on Labour Arbitration Online, 2nd edition
    Includes authoritative commentary on over 2,300 arbitration awards, court judgments and tribunal decisions, with links to case summaries and analysis, as well as full texts of decisions.
     
  • Wrongful Dismissal and Employment Law eText
    Provides access to Lancaster's collection of wrongful dismissal and employment law-related eAlerts, databases and cases, supplemented by up-to-date commentary and analysis of the law. Structured in textbook format and organized by subject matter and issue.
     
  • Supreme Court Decisions,1999 to the present
    Provides updates on labour and employment law cases that are pending before, or decided by, the Supreme Court of Canada.
     
  • Canadian Labour & Employment Law Journal, 1993 to the present
    Provides in-depth analysis of key issues in labour and employment law. It also provides timely commentary on major legislative and case law developments.
     
  • Labour Arbritration Yearbook, [1991-2012/13]
    Each volume of the Yearbook contains articles that reflect the diverse viewpoints in the labour arbitration community. Includes contributions by leading arbitrators and by advocates for unions and management.
     
  • Directory of Arbitrators
    A listing of over 350 qualified arbitrators in Canada. Entries for each arbitrator can include qualifications, background, case experience, contact information and availability. Browse a complete A-Z listing of all arbitrators, or search by last name or jurisdiction.
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Frontier Life: Borderlands, Settlement & Colonial Encounters
Coverage:1650-1920

This collection of primary source documents captures the lives, experiences and colonial encounters of settlers and indigenous people living in colonial frontiers of North America, Southern Africa, Australia and New Zealand from 1650-1920. More than 20% of the content is Canadian, with over 1,000 documents drawn from the Hudson's Bay Archive and the Glenbow Museum.  

Themed collections bring together documents from 16 archives and libraries from around the world, allowing scholars to take either a comparative approach or focus on a particular region. Topic areas include Agriculture & Livestock, Arts & Entertainment, Business, Trade & Commerce, Children & Family, Exploration, Expeditions & Travel, Government & Politics, Health & Medicine, Indigenous Peoples, Industry & Technology, Land & Property, Law & Order, Natural World, Religion, Warfare & Military History, and Women’s History.

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HealthSTAR/Ovid Healthstar

Ovid Healthstar contains citations to the published literature on health services, technology, administration, and research. It focuses on both the clinical and non-clinical aspects of health care delivery.

The following topics are included: evaluation of patient outcomes; effectiveness of procedures, programs, products, services and processes; administration and planning of health facilities, services and manpower; health insurance; health policy; health services research; health economics and financial management; laws and regulation; personnel administration; quality assurance; licensure; and accreditation.

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Historical Abstracts
Coverage:1955 to the present

Indexes and abstracts over 500,000 journal articles, books and dissertations. Covers the history of the world from 1450 to the present (excluding the United States and Canada, which are covered in America: History and Life). Over 2,000 key historical journals from every major country, and selective coverage of hundreds of journals in the social sciences and humanities that are of interest to researchers and students of history.

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Journals @ Scholars Portal

The Scholars Portal e-journals database contains over 50 million articles from over 20,000 full text journals covering many disciplines. Allows you to

  • search and access full text articles from a range of academic publishers
  • browse journals by subject
  • subscribe to RSS feeds for journal updates
  • search for figures and tables within articles
  • link to cited and citing references
  • print, email and download records
  • save citations to bibliographic management software
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LexisNexis Academic
Coverage:Coverage by date varies by publication. Some sources date back as far as the 1970s, but the majority of sources are indexed from the early 1990's to the present.
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  • The default Academic Search on the home page does not search all content in LexisNexis. It searches a selection of newspapers (U.S. & international), law reviews, company profiles and U.S. federal & state cases. For a more comprehensive and/or precise search, click Search by Subject or Topic (just above the Academic Search box) and select from the resulting menu of sources/categories (e.g., All News). Once a category has been selected from the menu, click Advanced Options (appearing below the search box) to refine your search by date, segment, publication, source type, etc. (e.g., All News (English)).
  • When entering search terms in LexisNexis, try using an ! exclamation mark to replace endings (one or more letters, unlimited) and an * asterisk to replace one letter (or none).

LexisNexis provides access to over 5,000 sources covering a wide range of subject areas. Select SEARCH BY SUBJECT OR TOPIC (near the Academic Search box) to search the following categories: 

  • NEWS: Over 350 full text newspapers, including the Financial Times (back to 1982), the New York Times (back to 1980), the Observer (back to 1990), the Times / Sunday Times (back to 1985), the Hamilton Spectator (back to Oct. 7, 1991), Canada NewsWire (back to 1992), the Globe & Mail (back to 1977) and the Toronto Star (back to 1985).
  • LEGAL (U.S.): Includes federal & state cases, statutes, regulations, patents and other legal materials from the United States. 
  • INTERNATIONAL LEGAL:  Includes legal materials from Canada, the European Union, and other countries. 
  • COMPANIES: Includes public & private U.S., Canadian and international company profiles and industry reports. 
  • PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS: Includes biographical, consumer and country information.  

Use the SOURCE DIRECTORY (top of screen) to find or browse for titles within LexisNexis by name, publication type and/or topic. Once a source is located, click on the i icon to view coverage details.

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National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts

The NCJRS Abstracts Database contains summaries of the more than 200,000 criminal justice, juvenile justice, and substance abuse resources housed in the NCJRS Library collection.   Sources include U.S. and international publications, federal, state, and local government reports, books, research reports, journal articles, audiovisual presentations, and unpublished research. The NCJRS Abstracts Database excludes most legal decisions, opinions, and statutes.

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Open CRS
The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is part of the legislative branch of the federal government. CRS, which is a department of the Library of Congress, works exclusively as a nonpartisan analytical, research, and reference arm for Congress. The CRS mission is to support an informed national legislature.
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Social Sciences Abstracts
Coverage:1983 to present; abstracts from 1994 to present

Searchable abstracts of 750,000+ articles from more than 518 English-language periodicals in both applied and theoretical aspects of the social sciences, with 47,000+ new records added annually. Subjects include anthropology, criminology, economics, law, geography, policy studies, psychology, sociology, social work, and urban studies.

 
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Sociological Abstracts
Coverage:1952 to the present

The premiere database for locating articles in the field of sociology, Sociological Abstracts indexes some 1,800 international serial publications. Related disciplines include social and behavioral sciences, including anthropology, criminology, demography, education, law and penology, race relations, social psychology and urban studies. Also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, book reviews, dissertations, and conference papers.
Records added since 1973 contain in-depth, nonevaluative abstracts of journal articles. Many records from key journals in sociology, published since 2001, also include the references cited in the bibliography of the source article.

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Supreme Court collection
This database contains decisions of the Supreme Court from 1990 to the present, plus selected decisions from the founding of the Court up to 1990.
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Web of Science (All Databases) (formerly Web of Knowledge)

The Web of Science platform provides access to the following products and databases:

  • BIOSIS Previews
  • KCI-Korean Journal Database
  • MEDLINE
  • Russian Science Citation Index
  • SciELO Citation Index
  • Web of Science Core Collection:  Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index, Conference Proceedings Citation Index, and Emerging Sources Citation Index

Also includes access to the EndNote web citation manager (see link at top of  Web of Science screen). Accounts must initially be created from within the McMaster IP range.

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Women and Social Movements in the United States 1600-2000

Gives access to more than 2400 primary documents, as well as books, images, scholarly essays, book reviews, Web site reviews, and teaching tools, all documenting the multiplicity of women

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WorldCat (McMaster only)
WorldCat Open WorldCat

WorldCat is the world's largest library catalogue, merging the holdings of over 72,000 institutions worldwide. The database includes books, journals, maps, recordings, films, scores, and other materials located in public, academic, corporate, school and specialized libraries all over the world. McMaster's holdings will be listed first. Items not in our library can be requested via RACER (interlibrary loans).

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Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
Coverage:1975 to present

Provides over 436,000 citations and abstracts indexing approximately 1,432 international serials in political science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, and public administration / policy. Includes the merged backfiles of Political Science Abstracts, 1975-2000, and ABC POL SCI, 1984-2000. Many records from key journals in political science, published since 2000, also include the references cited in the bibliography of the source article. All records added since 2000 are indexed using a thesaurus of over 3,000 terms.

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