Government Documents

Our Government Documents Collection contains:

  • all Nova Scotia Government publications
  • selective Canadian Federal Government publications
  • complete collection of federal census, Statistics Canada, and parliamentary publications
  • publications from other provinces are obtained on an "as required" basis for StFX courses - preference is given to publications with an Atlantic Canada focus

Government Documents are searchable using the Novanet search. See Access Services Desk for retrieval.

Finding a Government Document

All Government Documents in our collection that were published after 1987 are included in our online library catalogue.

Government Documents are classified using the following classification scheme:

  • 2FG    North America. Canadian Federal Government
  • E        Department of External Affairs
  • 1        Annual Report

A call number for a Nova Scotia provincial government document publication can be broken down as such:

  • 2CP    North America.  Canadian Provincial Government
  • NS    Province of Nova Scotia
  • SW    Status of Women
  • 1        Annual Report

Citing a Document

The Stauffer Library at Queen's University has created a guide to assist in the citation of government material, both print and electronic.

Electronic Government Documents

The following databases are helpful when searching for government information.

  • CANSIM - offers authoritative data on labour, manufacturing, investment and international trade. With over one million series, CANSIM allows you to track trends and extract data on many social and economic aspects of Canadian life.
  • Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) - provides Canadian post-secondary institutions with expanded access to Statistics Canada's data files.
  • Canadian Parliamentary Review - a quarterly publication promoting the study of and interest in Canadian parliamentary institutions.

Canada - Links

  • Government of Canada - The official website of the government of Canada; the entry point for current information.
  • Library and Archives Canada Government Information - A selective collection of links to Canadian government sites and key federal documents maintained by Library and Archives Canada.
  • Justice Canada - Search the Canada Department of Justice website and find current Canadian laws, consolidated statutes and regulations.
  • Canada's Parliament - The Parliamentary Internet, created and maintained jointly by the Senate, House of Commons and the Library of Parliament, offers information on the Canadian Parliament.
  • Statistics Canada - Statistics Canada works in partnership with all sectors of government, the economy and society to identify and fulfill the information requirements of today and tomorrow. Links are provided to the The Daily (news releases), free online Canadian statistics and census data and other statistical sites.
  • Index to Federal Royal Commissions - This index provides bibliographic access to materials associated with more than 200 federal Royal Commissions that have taken place since Confederation. There are approximately 7,000 items in the index that includes commission reports, briefs, submissions, evidence, working papers and other documents.
  • Supreme Court Judgments - This link provides the judgments of the Supreme Court of Canada back to 1985. This service is provided through a joint project between the Supreme Court of Canada and the LexUM team of the Centre de recherche en droit public at University of Montreal.

Nova Scotia - Links

  • Nova Scotia Legislature - Connect to the website of the Legislature of Nova Scotia where you will have access to a multitude of links which will provide up-to-date information on the Legislative House of Assembly for the Province of Nova Scotia.
  • Government of Nova Scotia Homepage - This website is the official electronic connection to the Government of the Province of Nova Scotia.
  • Status of Bills - Using an alphabetic or numeric listing, search the current session of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly for progress of bills.
  • Statutes- Search the Nova Scotia website and find current provincial laws, consolidated statutes and regulations.

Further Questions/Assistance

For assistance with our Government Documents collection, please contact us at 902-867-2228 or

For afterhours assistance, please consult our Knowledge Base.