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Primary Sources

A selection of resources to guide research in primary sources.

Selected Primary Source Periodicals Online

Historical Periodicals in the Library@VIU

Past issues of magazines and journals may have relevance for the study of historical topics. The titles below are available in the Nanaimo Campus library on microform or in print, and fulfill one or more of these criteria:  

  • Holdings at least 40 years in the past AND one of the following:
    • Intended for general or popular audiences (i.e. not scholarly journals)
    • Coverage of a range of topics or subject areas (i.e. not focusing on one discipline or aspect of a discipline)
    • Of Canadian historical interest
    • Rarity, in the Library collection, of either subjects or time periods covered
    • Providing an important or unusual perspective on society in the 19th and 20th centuries

Note: Retrospective newspapers are covered in our Newspapers guide

Note: for many of these periodicals, the Library also holds current issues in print or online. Current issues also may be available at other campuses besides Nanaimo. Check our Journals A to Z list for all Library journal and magazine holdings

Search for a journal title to check for coverage in the Library@VIU, including historical holdings:

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