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Northern Studies

This guide will assist researchers in locating information resources as they relate to the north and Arctic regions.

Research Support Guides

This guide is intended to help you get started with your research on northern studies topics.

Northern Studies is by its very nature, interdisciplinary. You will need to consult other subject areas for comprehensive coverage of your topics such as Geosciences, Canadian Studies, and more. Northern Studies also incorporates a vast number of indigenous peoples including the Inuit, Métis, and a variety of First Nations communities (such as the Innu, Dene, and the Kluane, among others) further broadening scholarship in this field. A variety of resources to find First Nations communities in Canada exist throughout this guide. The most comprehensive listing is the Government of Canada First Nations Search page available below.

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the Blackfoot and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Siksika, the Piikuni, the Kainai, the Tsuu T’ina and the Stoney Nakoda First Nations. I would also like to note that the University of Calgary is situated on land adjacent to where the Bow River meets the Elbow River, and that the traditional Blackfoot name of this place is “Mohkinstsis” which we now call the City of Calgary. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.


Libraries and Cultural Resources at the University of Calgary has a number of different library guides, databases, journals, and primary source collections to support Northern Studies Research. The following research guides may help narrow your subject field or provide additional support for your chosen topic:

Resources at the University of Calgary

The following links are open access, freely digitized collections from the various AINA and Northern collections at the University of Calgary. 

Libraries and Cultural Resources at the University of Calgary has the following service desks and resources to access primary source resources related to Northern Studies. 

If you are not sure where to start or if you have questions about your research please feel free to use the library chat for additional support. The library chat is available on the library homepage