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Book Prizes

Name Description
Booklist Center "Authoritative lists of award-winning books, "best books", and reading lists arranged alphabetically by category."
Bookwire Book Awards A comprehensive listing of book prizes and past award winners.
Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction An annual award to the Canadian writer of a first or second published book.
Governor General's Literary Awards (Canada) Annual awards for outstanding English and French Language works by Canadian authors in 6 different categories. A complete list of winners.
Man Booker Prizes

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction, first awarded in 1969, promotes the finest in fiction by rewarding the very best book of the year.

The Man Booker International Prize, awarded every two years, recognises one writer for their achievement in fiction. This prize was first awarded in 2005. 

Scotiabank Giller Prize Named in honour of literary journalist Doris Giller, this prize is awarded annually to the author of the best Canadian novel or short story collection published in English.

Book Publishers

Name Description
AcqWeb Provides links to information and resources of interest to librarians with collection development responsibilities, including directory of publishers and vendors. International in scope.
Canadian ISBN Publishers' Directory "Provides contact information for approximately 20,000 Canadian publishers, past and present, who use the ISBN system."

An international directory of publishing companies and publishing industry news. Information service for magazine, newspaper and book publishing companies as well as for authors, illustrators, literary agents, distributors, etc. Provides access to publishers by country, subject, media, language and city. Free registration.

Book Reviews

Name Description
AcqWeb's Directory of Book Reviews on the Web A compendium of primarily scholarly book review sites categorized by subject. Last maintained 2002.
Book Review Digest Search for book reviews based on their publication date. Book Review Digest Plus covers 1983 to the present while Book Review Digest Retro covers 1905 to 1982. [RR]
Complete Review Links to book review sites in English and other languages. Includes information on recommended books and bestsellers.
H-Net Reviews An online scholarly review resource for Humanities and Social Sciences publications. Features a browsable and/or searchable online archive of reviews.
London Review of Books Contains long book reviews and essays by academics, writers and journalists and also shorter art and film reviews. [RR]
New York Review of Books Searchable archive of the reviews written by preeminent writers on selected published works in the following areas: Biography & Memoir; Food & Wine; Essays & Criticism; History; Literature in English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish; All Literature in Translation; Poets & Poetry; Politics & Current Affairs; Science & Philosophy; Suspense & Crime; Visual & Performing Arts. [RR]
New York Times Books Reviews This electronic version, although free, requires user registration. Select "Books" from the "Features" menu for reviews back to 1996.

Books Available Online

Name Description "Provides unlimited, free access to works of literature, reference, and verse."
Cambridge Histories Online CHO "brings together over 250 volumes from the renowned Cambridge Histories series. The volumes are grouped into topics, making it quick and easy to search and browse through an array of historical subject areas." [RR]
Classic Bookshelf "Features primarily British and American literature classics. Readers can customize the text size, font, and background colour for easy reading."
Digital Book Index An index to 72,000+ titles records gathered from both commercial and non-commercial eBook publishers and private publishing organizations. Titles range from the Ancient Agriculture to Space Flight. Access to the fulltext of many titles is restricted to subscribers or requires payment.
Early Canadiana Online (CIHM) Provides access to 3,200 complete books and pamphlets online. Particular strengths of the database include Canadian English literature, women's history, native studies, history of French Canada, 19th century French Canadian literature. Covers the period from the first European contact to the late 19th century.
Electronic Text Center (U. Virginia) "The Center's holdings include approximately 51,000 electronic humanities texts in twelve languages."
Google Book Search Works just like web search. When a book whose content contains a match for your search terms is found, a link to it will be provided in your search results. Click on a book result, to see everything from a few short excerpts to the entire book.
Handbook of Career Studies The Handbook of Career Studies brings together a comprehensive scholarly treatment of the major topics within the growing field of career studies [RR]
Handbook of Human Resource Management Education Discusses past history, current situation and future perspectives on human resource management education. [RR]
IPL Online Texts Collection Features a selection of mostly non-fiction texts in many subject fields.
LibriVox Provides free audiobooks available in the U.S. public domain. Appears safe for Canadians to use. There are several options for listening.
Literature Online (LION) A searchable library of more than 350,000 works of English and American poetry, drama and prose, literary journals and other criticism and reference sources. [RR]
National Academies Press NAP publishes over 200 books and reports each year on a wide range of topics in science, engineering, and health.
Netlibrary A collection of full-text electronic books, in a wide range of subject areas. Each book may be accessed by one user at a time. [RR]
On-Line Books Page Links to thousands of English and foreign language electronic texts.
Oxford Handbooks Online

Collection in four subject modules: Business & Management , Philosophy, Political Science and Religion. Offers authoritative approach to scholarship.

Oxford Text Archive The Archive holds several thousand electronic texts by individual authors, standard reference works such as the Bible and mono-/bilingual dictionaries, and a range of language corpora.
Project Gutenberg A growing collection of 10,000+ free online texts available from the Internet's oldest producer of electronic books. The collection's primary focus is on older literary works in the public domain in the U.S.
PsycBOOKS A full-text database of books and chapters available from the American Psychological Association. Each month, books published by APA and classic books from other publishers are added to the database. [RR]
Safari Tech Books A full-text collection of technical books. [RR]
SAGE Handbook of Child Development, Multiculturalism, and Media The "interrelationship of “the three Ms”—multiculturalism, media, and money—is a dominant theme in this collection of essays [RR]

Booksellers - Canada

Name Description An online bookstore for Canada. Large online catalogue. Locations for branches of Chapters (a chain super bookstore).
Northwest Passages: Canadian Literature Online An online bookstore with an online catalogue. Northwest Passages focuses on Canadian fiction, poetry, drama, and literary criticism.

Booksellers - Local

Name Description
KW Bookstore "A great place to buy, sell, or trade used books. Also stocks a vast selection of magazines."
Laurier Bookstore "General information about the WLU campus bookstore. There is no online catalogue, but there is a list of the textbooks, arranged by course."
University of Waterloo Bookstore General information and an online catalogue to the UW campus bookstore.
Words Worth Books General information and an online catalogue to a good bookstore in Uptown Waterloo.

Booksellers - World

Name Description
AcqWeb's Verification Tools Find the publication status for non-U.S. titles using the country specific links gathered here. An online bookstore specializing in British titles. An online bookstore for the world. Large online catalogue.
Barnes and Noble An online bookstore for the world. Large online catalogue.
SPD: Small Press Distribution Book distributor for 500+ independent presses.

Bookstores / Out-of-print / Rare

Name Description
ABEbooks Online Catalogue of out-of-print and rare books from 7000+ booksellers around the world.
Alibris Online catalogue of millions of out-of-print and rare books around the world.
Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America American booksellers who specialize in antiquarian and out-of-print books.
Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of Canada Canadian booksellers who specialize in antiquarian and out-of-print books.
Bibliofind "Online catalogue of 20,000,000 old, used and rare books from about 3,500 booksellers around the world."
BookFinder "Aggregates the holdings (20 million+) of 20,000+ different booksellers on one search engine. Prices are very reasonable."
ILAB (International League of Antiquarian Booksellers) Hosts a searchable database for 2000+ of the leading antiquarian booksellers throughout the world, including Canada.


Name Description
Journal Info Aids the researcher in the selection of journal for publication. “It is important to weigh in facts like scope and quality, but more recently also information about reader availability and library cost.” The service currently covers about 18,000 journals.
Ulrich's Periodicals Directory Provides bibliographic, subscription, and abstracting/indexing details for serials from around the world. Coverage includes academic journals, trade magazines, newspapers, "Zines" and more. You can also link to reviews and tables of contents for selected serials, see whether a publication is available electronically, or is peer reviewed. [RR]
Waterloo Directory of English Newspapers and Periodicals, 1800-1900 A directory of 50,000 newspapers and periodical publications published in England during the 19th century. This edition of the directory is the second in a series of five. Series 3-5 are forthcoming. Ultimately the 5th and final edition will provide descriptive entries for some 125,000 titles. [RR]

Journals Available Online

Name Description "A meta-index of other sites that collect e-journals, arranged by subject." Provides free access to full-text articles published in 350+ magazines and journals dating from 1998. Search the database by keyword or by subject.
Highwire Provides access to free online full-text articles in back issues of scientific and medical journals. "An index to current, free, popular magazine articles. Search by keyword(s) or browse within subject categories."

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