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Royal Commissions and Commissions of Inquiry have played an important role in Canada. They are traditionally used to investigate extraordinary problems or solicit informed opinion on controversial issues and to set government policy. 

The following is a more complete break down of the Federal Royal Commission Reports and Commissions of Inquiry available from the Government Documents collection:

  • Briefs and Transcripts of Royal Commissions: the basic collection covers 300 reports. This includes all extant reports listed in Henderson, Federal Royal Commissions in Canada 1867-1986: A Checklist. The National Archives and ProQuest were able to locate an additional thirty-two reports beyond those noted in Henderson.
  • Reports by Commission: titles are added each year through the Microlog Microfiche Collections. The reports are indexed in Canadian Research Index.

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A Catalogue Raisonné of the Works of the Most Eminent Dutch Painters of the Seventeenth Century

Eight-volume English edition reprinted in two volumes; two very scarce volumes of the German edition, which were not translated into English, reprinted in a separately available third volume.

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A Concordance to the Poems of Dylan Thomas

Romantic. Affirmative. Rhetorical. The poetry of Dylan Thomas urged readers to ponder life as they never had before. Researchers now have access to a concordance and word list keyed to the 1978 printing of Dylan Thomas: The Poems, edited by Daniel Jones.

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A People at War

Letters, diaries, memoirs, and other personal papers from the Civil War holdings of the Library of Congress. Edited by John R. Sellers.

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The Challenge of Cataloging Complex Subjects

How the University of Leicester’s David Wilson Library and ProQuest teamed up to solve organizational inconsistencies across subjects.

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Seeking Words, Finding Refuge: Literature for World Refugee Day

Exploring immigrants’ perspectives in three contemporary novels.

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