Historic photograph of the Eight Locks, Rideau Canal

Rideau Canal Locks at Ottawa River

Samuel J. Jarvis, Library and Archives Canada, accession number 1953-045 NPC, PA-025014

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You have likely used many secondary resources in the past—these are usually printed or published books and texts comprised of research done by other people. This type of resource generally includes the interpretations, opinions, and biases of the people who wrote it. It is based on original document research and discovery. Normally secondary sources are found in libraries, but they may also be located in archives and museum collections as part of reference collections.

Check the bibliography of resources used to research Heritage Passages.

Look at the titles of the publications.

• Compile a list of potential search terms you could use to search databases, archival repositories, and library holdings for Rideau Canal–related material.
• Look at the titles of the books—these will give you potential search terms you can use when looking for other resources.
• Look at the dates when books were published—often there is a cluster of books produced on a topic around a given year to mark anniversaries, specific events, and birthdates.

• Look at author names—the authors may repeat a Read More
You have likely used many secondary resources in the past—these are usually printed or published books and texts comprised of research done by other people. This type of resource generally includes the interpretations, opinions, and biases of the people who wrote it. It is based on original document research and discovery. Normally secondary sources are found in libraries, but they may also be located in archives and museum collections as part of reference collections.

Check the bibliography of resources used to research Heritage Passages.

Look at the titles of the publications.

• Compile a list of potential search terms you could use to search databases, archival repositories, and library holdings for Rideau Canal–related material.
• Look at the titles of the books—these will give you potential search terms you can use when looking for other resources.
• Look at the dates when books were published—often there is a cluster of books produced on a topic around a given year to mark anniversaries, specific events, and birthdates.

• Look at author names—the authors may repeat and additional books may be written by the same author.
• Notice where the material was produced. Take a sampling of some of those sources for deeper research by going directly to source websites (if any) to see if they have more material.

• Not all secondary sources will be found in a given library. Finding specific sources may require deeper research in specialized collections and repositories, the use of inter-library loans at a university library, or outreach to a government agency for institutionally produced material that is now out of print. This is one of the challenges of deep research when secondary sources are no longer recent publications.

© 2012, Carleton University. All Rights Reserved.

Learning Objectives

To learn:

1. What secondary resources are?
2. Why they are useful?
3. What secondary resources are available for research on the Rideau Canal?


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