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Finding articles on Canadian topics in a Canadian periodicals index

August 20, 2012 | Ranald | Comments (0)

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This index doesn't index only Canadian periodicals and, anyway, Canadian periodicals don't include only Canadian material. So finding articles on Canadian topics in it isn't as straightforward as you might think. But there is, with its curves, a way.

Say the topic you want current information on is health care.

To start, do a subject search. That is, click on the orange Subject Guide Search tab to get to the Subject Guide Search page. Do not click on (resist the blandishments of) the blue Subject tab to search from ("the comforts of") the Home Page. If you do search from the Home Page, you won't be able to limit the search results to Canadian material.

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Enter "health care." Search Assist (as it's called) will produce, below the search window, a list of legitimate subject headings that you (knowing the laws of this index better) might have meant to enter. Obviously "health care," unknown to Search Assist, isn't, in this index, one of them.

Launch, blithely, your search anyway by clicking on the magnifying glass at the end of the search window.

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"Medical care," your search results show you, is, in this index, the legitimate heading. Click on Medical Care.3 CPIQ sub search results

Medical Care is shown seated on top, in glorious legitimacy, of Subdivisions and, below Subdivisions, Related Subjects. A subject dominion.

Click on Subdivisions, or on the green plus sign, to open the list of subject subdivisions. (You're almost there. Don't let your hand slip, nerveless, off the mouse.)

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Select Locations from the "by subdivision" Topics drop-down menu. The default list of subdivisions is a list of topical subdivisions, hence the word Topics, though in this index genre headings like "Case studies" and "Personal narratives" count as topics (showing how shakey the underpinnings of legitmacry can sometimes be).

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Scroll down the list of locations and click on Canada (566 articles on Aug. 16, 2012) or back up to British Columbia (51 articles) or down again, way down (the list is long), to Ontario (75 articles).

Yes, the list is long. It has about 175 locations. And Canadian ones aren't those with the largest number of articles. The United Kingdom has 903. The United States, 1069. These numbers hint at the amount of wading you'd have to do to find Canadian material if you didn't limit by location. (You'd give up. Your hand would slide, nerveless, off the mouse.)

E-CPS - Drug Information

August 13, 2012 | Niki | Comments (0)

 MC900439602[1]e-CPS has so much more to offer than the big blue book.  While still the top resource for the use and interactions of drugs available in Canada, e-Therapeutics also contains information on illnesses and conditions.  "Therapeutic Choices" presents an overview of the prevention and treatment of medical conditions such as influenza and age-related macular degeneration.  Under the tab "Drug Interactions" is a powerful tool.  LexiComp's Lexi-Interact allows you to type in the name of a drug or natural product and then  brings up a list of products and the the severity of the interactions.

The information in e-CPS is updated every two weeks or more  frequently depending on the urgency of the information.  Health Canada alerts are added to the drug monographs as they are issued. 

All in all a great source of current, Canadian drug information.

Download CPS (Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties with




Aloha! Pehea ‘oe? Learn Hawaiian with Mango Languages Database & your Library Card!

August 6, 2012 | Mary-Beth | Comments (1)

Mango many langsMango languages is a fun way to learn another language.  You can choose from among 37 different languages, such as French, Arabic, Korean, Urdu or Pashto.  I tried teaching myself several and found it to be a very effective way to learn by reading, listening and repeating the online lessson.  There are also English courses for speakers of 15 other languages, such as English for Japanese or Chinese speakers from basic to advanced levels. 

Mango languages uses real-life situations and actual conversations to more effectively teach a new language. By listening to and repeating after material designed from native conversations, you'll not only learn the individual words and phrases, you'll know how they're used in practical situations and conversations. You'll learn more than grammar, vocabulary and conjugation, you'll learn how to communicate.  And for people on the go, Mango has an app you can download onto your iPhone, iPad or other Apple device. 

Mango-mobileFind the Mango languages database through the Toronto Public Library’s  A-Z List of All Databases.  Sign in with your Toronto Public Library card and start teaching yourself a new language today.


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