About Collection Search

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What is Collection Search?

Once fully developed, this new search engine will allow users to search all of the collections available to the public at Library and Archives Canada (LAC) from one starting point. This tool will eventually search more than a hundred stand-alone databases currently available on our website from a single search box. As well, this completely redesigned tool features best practices from research experiences at LAC.

We are always looking to improve your user experience. Your ideas and opinions are welcome! Please email us your comments!

What will I find in the new Collection Search?

A search will give you results from the following databases:

Archives tab
Database Information available
Cabinet Conclusions Record-level display - Brief
Collections and Fonds (Archives Search – Simple) Record-level display - Details
Diaries of William Lyon Mackenzie King Record-level display - Brief
Film, Video and Sound  Record-level display - Details
Orders in Council Record-level display - Brief
Post Offices and Postmasters Record-level display - Details
Images tab
Database Information available
Images Record-level display - Basic
Library tab
Database Information available
AURORA (National Library Collections) Record-level display - Brief
Indian Affairs Annual Reports Record-level display - Brief
Genealogy tab
Database Information available
Black Loyalist Refugees – Port Roseway Associates, 1782-1807 Record display - Brief
Census of Canada, 1921 Record display - Details
First World War Court Martials Record display - Details
First World War Personnel Records Record display - Details
North West Mounted Police (NWMP) – Personnel Records, 1873-1904 Record display - Brief
Royal Canadian Navy Service Files, 1910–1941 Record display - Brief
Service Files of the Second World War — War Dead, 1939–1947 Record display - Details
Co-Lab tab
Database Information available
All of the above databases containing digitized content compatible with Co-Lab Your contributions!

Please consult About Co-Lab for more information on this crowdsourcing tool.

New capabilities in Collection Search

  • Improve your results with the advanced search option
  • Refine your search results more easily by using the tabs and the filters
  • Order your results by relevance, title (A-Z / Z-A) or date (ascending or descending)
  • Adjust the number of results displayed per page (10, 25, 50 or 100 results)
  • Download up to 1,000 search results in these document formats: HTML, PDF, CSV, XML, JSON
  • Print your search results
  • Search results with one or more digital images will present these images in a carrousel just below the title of the record. You can click on them to preview them right from the search results page, or click the title to navigate to the record itself
  • Audiovisual items from our collection that are published on the LAC YouTube page will now be linked from the search results
  • Navigation between the pages of your search results is improved
  • Preview a larger version of the images in a carrousel by clicking to open the image previewer
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