Do you use Dalhousie Libraries’ Subject Guides for research help and ideas?

On July 1st, our Subject Guides will be going through a system and interface upgrade. During this time, there may be minor interruptions and downtime.

Old Site

New site

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The helpful content on the guides will remain the same, but the guides themselves will have a different look. The pages for the Subject Guides will now be accessible via side navigation rather than top navigation.

If you visit our Subject Guides homepage at after July 1st (or by clicking “Subject Guides” from the Libraries homepage), you’ll be able to browse through a list of all of our guides, as well as a list of many of our online databases and resources.

If you are a frequent user of our Subject Guides, we hope you enjoy the new interface. If you’ve never used the guides before, we encourage you to check them out!


Invitation to view a webinar on the Canadian Health Measures Survey

Are you a student, professor, and/or researcher interested in health statistics? The Dal Libraries’ Data Librarian and the Atlantic Research Data Centre (ARDC) invite you to view a webinar on the Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS) presented by Statistic Canada’s Health Statistics Division.

“The Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS) aims to collect important health information through a household interview and direct physical measures at a mobile examination centre (MEC), sometimes referred to as a mobile clinic.

During the webinar, a general overview of the CHMS, followed by information related to the CHMS biobank will be presented. Analysts will be available to answer your questions!”

You will be able to view the webinar from 2pm to 3pm on June 29th in room 2019 of the McCain building.

Julie Marcoux and Heather Hobson, Data Librarian and Atlantic Research Data Centre Analyst, will give a short optional demonstration on using Dalhousie’s resources to find DLI or RDC health data after the viewing.

For any questions about this event, or for help finding data and statistics, please contact Julie Marcoux at or 902-494-3189.


Rescheduled Research Bootcamp session on Statistics and Data


Rescheduledsession_ResearchBootcampWe are pleased to announce that the Research Bootcamp session on Statistics and Data has been rescheduled, and will now be held on Monday June 29, from 9:00-12:00 in the McCain Building, Room 2019.    

This session will cover:

  • Overcoming the Challenges of Searching for Data and Statistics: You Can Do It!
    This gentle introduction to overcoming obstacles commonly faced when searching for data and statistics will enable you to both identify potential pitfalls of your research question and better navigate the world of data research.
  • How to Search for Data and Statistics: Look in the Right Places! How do you even start a search for data and statistics? We will explore a suggested workflow, and go over some general tips and tricks for searching for the data and statistics you need.  You will have the opportunity to practice what you’ve learned with fun exercises using examples from the health sciences, engineering, and any other discipline we might be interested in exploring.
  • Searching For Data And Statistics Using Dal Resources: We Want To Help You!
    Did you know that the Dalhousie community has access to datasets not easily accessible to the regular public? What is the continuum of access and how might it have an impact on your research?Learn how to use Dalhousie’s resources to become even more effective at data research, and practice very basic data analysis using SDA.

To register, or for more information, please contact Ann Barrett at

Truth and Reconciliation Commission Documents to be added to Dalhousie Libraries Catalog

On June 2, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, led by the Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair, released a summary of its final report, Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future. Over the course of six years, the commissioners heard from nearly 7000 survivors and witnesses who spoke about the abuse that had taken place at residential schools.

The four most recent documents available include an Executive Summary, a statement of Principles, the Survivors Speak, and Calls to Action.

These items will be added Libraries’ catalog in mid July and be available through the Canadian Electronic Library (ebrary). You can download them today from the Truth and Reconciliation Committee website

  1. Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future: Summary of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (Executive Summary – English only)

  2. What We Have Learned: Principles of Truth and Reconciliation

        3. The Survivors Speak

4. Calls to Action

In order to increase the number of ways people can learn about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission findings, an informally organized group of Canadians has provided video recordings of the Executive Summary on YouTube.

If you would like to learn more about First Nations at Dalhousie, visit:

Happy International Archives Day

Happy International Archives Day!

The International Council on Archives (ICA) established International Archives Day in 2007 and selected 9 June to commemorate the founding of the ICA on 9 June 1948. The ICA is an international organization of archivists and archival institutions (the University Archives is a member).

Archivists around the world unite their voices to help the public understand why it is important to support archives and the work of archivists.

Why do we have an International Archives Day? As the ICA notes:

One might think that we have got a full calendar of international days to celebrate. However the public’s image of the archives is foggy: often confused with libraries, archives continue to be perceived as documents for internal use only, which are difficult to access and are of interest only to historians. The perception of records and archives by the public and the organizations that create them is not clear. This troubled image has an impact on the financial and human resources that responsible managers and administrators dedicate to records and archives operations and/or institutions.

International Archives Day recognizes that “archives constitute a major cultural heritage and information resource. The archival heritage is a valuable testimony about the economical, political and social development of humanity. The diversity of archival sources and formats is considerable.”

To celebrate, the ICA is collecting documents and images from Archives all over the word and posting them on the International Archives Day website. Dalhousie submitted Jack London’s resignation letter from the Socialist Party, found in the Roscoe Alfred Fillmore fonds (MS-10-1, Box 2, Folder 9).

Resignation letter from Jack London to members of the Socialist Party (MS-10-1, Box 2, Folder 9)

Resignation letter from Jack London to members of the Socialist Party (MS-10-1, Box 2, Folder 9)

The letter was written from his ranch in Glen Ellen, California and reveals his dissatisfaction with the trends of socialism in the United States. It also announces the resignation of London’s wife, Charmian K. London.

Find us on Facebook or check out the Archives catalogue and online collections for more information on archival materials held here at Dalhousie.

Elsevier Science Direct down

Elsevier Science Direct is currently experiencing a service outage due to unforeseen technical issues and are working to resolve them as soon as possible. Apologies for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

Emerald Maintenance Notice: Tuesday June 9, 2015

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Emerald Insight will be “read-only” during planned maintenance on Tuesday 9 June 2015 which will make the following functionality unavailable for the duration of the upgrade:
  1. Activating access tokens
  2. Adding publications as favourites
  3. Alert subscriptions
  4. Any changes to ‘My Account’ and ‘Institutional Account’
  5. E-commerce
  6. Registration
  7. Search.
Please note that during this maintenance Emerald Insight may become unavailable for up to 15 minutes. If you should access the website during this time you will receive a ‘connection timeout’, or similar message, within your browser. Please note that this may also affect some functionality on

Dal Libraries celebrates Bike Week with archival photographs

bikeweeklogoBike Week is here again! To help celebrate the occasion, the University Archives has selected a handful of photographs of bicycles from our Waldren Studios Collection.

Next week, we’ll post a Bike Week Photo of the Day to our Facebook Page to show how it used to be common for individuals and families to have portraits made with their bicycles.  Just “Like” our page to see which images we’ve selected!

Check out the Bike Week Schedule of Events for information on events at Dal and around town. Happy cycling!

Welcome to Julie Marcoux – Our new data librarian!

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We are pleased to welcome our new data librarian, Julie Marcoux, to the Dalhousie Libraries.

Julie comes to Dalhousie from the Université de Moncton, where she served as the reference, data and geospatial data Librarian. In that role, she particularly enjoyed having the opportunity to help the nursing, psychology and science students and professors with their research, and helping anyone in the uMoncton community find and access data and statistics.

Julie is especially proud of her Excel expertise which has led to several invitations to present at various Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) regional workshops: Atlantic Canada, West Canada, Québec, and Ontario. She was the DLI representative for uMoncton, and recently became one of two Atlantic DLI Regional Training Co-ordinators.

Julie completed her Bachelor in Information Management with Université de Moncton in 2009, and graduated in 2011 from the University of Ottawa’s bilingual Master of Information Studies.

Julie’s main responsibilities at Dalhousie will be to serve as liaison to the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience and to help students, professors and researchers on all campuses with their data and statistics questions.

Some of her first projects will include establishing a network of support for data questions across all Dalhousie libraries, helping researchers transition from Equinox to SDA, joining Dal’s Research Data Management team, and attending some excellent geospatial software training by colleagues from the GISciences Centre.

Julie can be reached by email at or by phone at 902-494-3189

Welcome Julie – We are all looking forward to working with you!