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Book Prizes

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

AcqWeb's Directory of Publishers and Vendors
A extensive listing of websites of publishers across the world.
Canadian ISBN Publishers' Directory
"Provides contact information for approximately 20,000 Canadian publishers, past and present, who use the ISBN system."


Book Reviews

AcqWeb's Directory of Book Reviews on the Web
A compendium of primarily scholarly book review sites categorized by subject. Last maintained 2002.
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
Selected articles are available to all site users from each issue back to the beginning of Volume 20 (1998).
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

Handbook of Early Childhood Literacy
The chapters in this handbook "represent major themes in which leading authorities in the field provide rigorous social, cultural and historical analyses of aspects of early childhood literacy." -- Introd.
Handbook of Physical Education
"This handbook is an expression, however limited, of a view of knowledge about physical education pedagogy as we begin this new century." -- Introd.
Sage Handbook of African American Education
This handbook deals with the questions: "What do we know about the education of Black people? What challenges do Black people face in the U.S. educational system? What must be done to improve the educational outcomes and life chances of every Black child? In what ways can educational researchers, practitioners, parents, and policymakers work to change conditions and deficit perspectives that affect these outcomes?"-- Pref.
SAGE Handbook of Philosophy of Education
The handbook is designedto be useful to students studying the philosophy of education in the context of the study of educational foundations or theory and for practising teachers who wish to gain easy access to current philosophical thinking on particular contemporary educational issues, and to educationalists of all types who want a guide to questions relating to the nature, the history, and the current state of the art of philosophy of education. -- Introd.
21st Century Communication
The Handbook discusses media and technology converging with each other to produce new means of communicating but also that individuals are increasingly using both new and existing communication tools to create new forms of communication.
21st Century Education
The handbook offers a "general understanding of the issues of utmost importance in education in the 21st century. The text is a combination of historical reviews, current debates, and pending issues of concern at the classroom, state, and federal levels, with sections devoted to students, their teachers, professional staff, the educational context of curriculum and learning, and current and future issues." -- Pref.
"Provides unlimited, free access to works of literature, reference, and verse."
Botanical medicine in clinical practice
This major comprehensive reference work contains contributions from more than 80 clinical and academic experts in the field, covering a range of plant products and their uses, divided into sections on topics such as treatments of cardiovascular diseases and cancer.
The potential benefits of plants and plant extracts in the treatment and possible prevention of many leading health concerns are becoming more widely recognised within the medicinal community. The book covers the safety and efficacy of botanical treatments and there is also a chapter analysing the possible interactions of herbal remedies with prescription drugs. This is the most up-to-date text on the latest research findings from all over the world and will be an essential resource
Classic Bookshelf
"Features primarily British and American literature classics. Readers can customize the text size, font, and background colour for easy reading."
Dictionary of entomology
This dictionary covers insect anatomy, behavior, biology, ecology, histology, molecular biology, morphology, pest management, taxonomy and systematics.
Dictionary of the Fungi
A complete listing available of generic names of fungi, their families and orders, their attributes and descriptive terms.
For each genus, the authority, the date of publication, status, systematic position, number of accepted species, distribution, and key references are given. Diagnoses of families and details of orders and higher categories are included for all groups of fungi. In addition, there are biographic notes, information on well-known metabolites and mycotoxins, and concise accounts of almost all pure and applied aspects of the subject (including citations of important literature).
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."
Encyclopedia of Applied Animal Behaviour & Welfare
The practical focus of this authoritative, comprehensive encyclopedia aims to promote the understanding and improvement of animals’ behavior without compromising their welfare.
Encyclopedia of Ecotourism
The Encyclopedia of Ecotourism provides an expert, state-of-the-art and comprehensive knowledge base of the rapidly growing global ecotourism sector.
The encyclopedia is divided into eight major sections, and contains 41 chapters, individually authored by international researchers and practitioners in ecotourism. Each chapter combines theory and practice in a complementary way. The scope of the encyclopedia includes definitions and other contextual material, regional perspectives, venues, impacts, planning and management considerations, and issues associated with ecotourism businesses, research and training.
Encyclopedia of Farm Animal Nutrition
The Encyclopedia of Farm Animal Nutrition deals with the whole of farm animal nutrition, embracing a wide range of disciplines, including physiology, biochemistry, veterinary medicine and feed technology.
Encyclopedia of Fruit and Nuts

This encyclopedia is a comprehensive collection of information on temperate and tropical fruit and nut crops.

Encyclopedia of Public International Law [trial to September 30, 2012]

This encyclopedia contains peer-reviewed articles on every aspect of public international law.

Encyclopedia of Seeds: Science, Technology and Uses
Covers all the major scientific themes and facets of the subject of seeds.
The encyclopedia outlines the latest fundamental biological knowledge about seeds, together with the principles of agricultural seed processing, storage and sowing, the food and industrial uses of seeds, and the roles of seeds in history, economies and cultures.
Encyclopedia of Tourism and Recreation in Marine Environments
Combining the disciplines of marine scientists and tourism researchers, this encyclopedia brings together the terms, concepts and theories related to recreational and tourism activities in marine settings.
Encyclopedia of Vitamin E
This book describes important biomedical features of vitamin E in one volume. Vitamin E is the collective name given to different homologues (i.e. vitamers) of tocopherols and tocotrienols. In general, the biological activity of alpha-tocopherol is greater than the other vitamers so that very often the terms ‘vitamin E’, α-tocopherol and ‘alpha-tocopherol’ are used interchangeably.
Fungal Families of the World
Fungal Families of the World portrays the immense diversity of the Kingdom Fungi. As well as basic information on all currently recognised families, detailed entries are provided on over 250 key families, describing their morphology, ecology, phylogeny, distribution and economic significance. Key Features:" 536 fungal families included, some published in 2007" New A4 format" Nearly 900 full colour illustrations" Carefully selected references to aid further reading.
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
Handbook of Collaborative Management Research
This Handbook offers both theoretical contributions and empirically based findings about the ways in which collaborative management research can be designed and managed.
Handbook of Communication Science. 2nd ed.
"addressing the methods of research and the history of the field, the Handbook then examines the levels of analysis in communication (individual to macro-social), the functions of communication (such as socialization and persuasion), and the contexts in which communication occurs (such as couples, families, organizations, and mass media). " -- Pref.
Handbook of Cross-Cultural Management Research
This handbook explores links between people and organizations, providing useful cultural perspectives on the most significant topics in the field of organizational behavior
Handbook of Emotional & Behavioural Difficulties
"This Handbook provides a systematic and comprehensive overview of a series of often related themes which underpin theoretical and philosophical approaches to pupils perceived as having EBDs, and their realization in both policy and provision." -- Introd.
Handbook of Global Supply Chain Management
This book brings clarity and insight to the phenomenon of global supply chains and their management.
Handbook of Human Resource Management Education
Discusses past history, current situation and future perspectives on human resource management education.
Handbook of Marketing
The Handbook is a compilation of thorough reviews in the field of marketing management.
Handbook of Marketing Research : Uses, Misuses and Future Advances
This handbook explores the approaches for delivering market insights for fact-based decision making in a market-oriented firm
Handbook of Marketing Scales [3rd ed]
The Handbook represents a clear and user-friendly collection of multi-item, self-report measures developed and frequently used in consumer behavior and marketing research.
Handbook of Mentoring at Work
The handbook chronicles the current state of the field mentoring and discusses new directions for theory, research, and practice in the field of mentoring.
Handbook of New Media
"Handbook sets out boundaries of new media research and scholarship and provides a definitive statement of the current state-of-the-art of the field." -- Introd.
Handbook of Organizational and Managerial Wisdom
Deals with issues about understanding, applying, and developing organizational and managerial wisdom.
Handbook of Public Affairs
The Handbook explains "the relationship between public policy and business performance, public affairs tools and tactics, and effective management systems"-- Foreword
Handbook of Strategy and Management

This handbook frames, assesses and synthesizes the work in the field of strategy

Handbook of Work Stress
This handbook focuses primarily on identifying the different sources of work stress across different contexts and individuals.
Handbook of Workplace Diversity
This handbook describes the scope of international perspectives that exist on workplace diversity.
Handbook of Workplace Violence
This handbook provides summaries and unique perspectives on current theory, research, and practice relating to workplace violence
International Handbook of Children, Media and Culture
" ...this volume will represent, and act to promote, the international and comparative study of children, media and culture, mapping an agenda for future research that shares insights from one location or perspective to another ..."
International Handbook of Organizational Crisis Management
This handbook aims to share the latest understanding of organizational crisis management as gathered from prominent crisis-management scholars and practitioners around the globe
IPL Online Texts Collection
Features a selection of mostly non-fiction texts in many subject fields.
Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations
The focus in this work is on the specific roles and skills required of the nonprofit leader. It details the basic requirements that must be mastered by the effective leader to consider and lead on issues of larger organizational strategy.
Leadership in Science and Technology
This work discusses general principles of science and technology leadership as well as provides case studies of leadership in science and technology
National Academies Press
NAP publishes over 200 books and reports each year on a wide range of topics in science, engineering, and health.
NetLibrary - UG
"A Web-based collection of 2000 full-text electronic books, including all text and graphics, in a wide variety of subject areas. The books can be searched by author, title, subject, or full text; browsed online for a short time, or signed out to an individual for up to 24 hours."
On-Line Books Page
Links to thousands of English and foreign language electronic texts.
Oxford Handbooks Online

Includes the complete texts of the prestigious Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management, Philosophy, Political Science, and Religion.

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.
Persuasion Handbook
Persuasion Handbook provides readers with cogent, comprehensive summaries of research in a wide range of areas related to persuasion
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.
Sage Handbook of Advertising
Summarizes of the state of the art of research in the advertising field
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
Sage Handbook of Complexity and Management
This book discusses how complexity science has influenced management and organization studies over the past two decades; and suggests future directions for integrating complexity science into the production of knowledge about and relevant for contemporary management.
SAGE Handbook of Conflict Communication
This handbook assembles in one resource the knowledge base of the field of conflict
SAGE Handbook of Curriculum and Instruction
This handbook discusses curriculum and instruction as a field grounded in practice and characterized by a continuous interaction among practice, context, and theory. This interplay is shaped by and shapes the experiences of diverse curriculum stakeholders—students, parents, teachers, educators, policymakers, administrators, teacher educators, and curriculum scholars.
SAGE handbook of Dyslexia
"This Handbook provides the most recent and relevant studies, debates and practices in the field of dyslexia." -- Introd.
SAGE Handbook of Education for Citizenship and Democracy
This handbook provides "an overview of the pedagogical issues in citizenship education; and, sketch some conclusions and recommendations." -- Introd.
Sage Handbook of Educational Action Research
This handbook ... "carefully references the very wide body of action research literature, from its origins in the early part of the twentieth century to the present day."
SAGE Handbook of Educational leadership
"covers a broad range of issues pertaining to curriculum leadership, supervision, teacher evaluation, budgeting, planning, school design, and issues facing the principalship and the superintendency in the United States" -- Introd.
Sage Handbook of Educational Leadership. [2nd ed.]
"The second SAGE Handbook of Educational Leadership is an example of commentary about and the legacies and narratives at work within the field of educational leadership."-- Introd.
Sage Handbook of E-learning Research
This handbook "will provide a research background for higher education, including universities, training colleges, and community colleges. It will also be relevant to those involved in any research and developmental aspect of e-learning—corporate trainers and those involved in online programs at secondary school or in virtual high schools." -- Introd.
SAGE Handbook of Film Studies
This handbook presents a "comprehensive overview of the state of Film Studies as an intellectual field towards the end of the first decade of the twenty-first century." -- Introd.
SAGE Handbook of Gender and Communication
This handbook reviews "and evaluate the state of the gender and communication field through the discussion of existing theories and research, as well as through identification of important directions for future scholarship." -- Introd.
Sage Handbook of Gender and Education
The handbook "is a comprehensive overview of different theoretical positions on equity issues in schools. The contributions cover all sectors of education from early years to higher education; curriculum subjects"
Sage Handbook of Hospitality Management
This handbook includes reviews of the key thematic areas that comprise ‘hospitality management’ and a summary overview of the development and current forms of the hospitality industry and a thumbnail mapping of the principal subject areas that contribute to the study of the industry and management within it
SAGE Handbook of Industrial Relations
The handbook demonstrates that the different aspects of the employment relationship are what define the field of industrial relations: the various elements that comprise the employment relationship; the bases and assumptions on which employment relationships are formed and modified; the significance of different institutional arrangements within which those employment relationships are situated; and the relevance of broader economic, social, and technological developments that fundamentally affect contemporary society.
SAGE Handbook of International Marketing
The Handbook stockpiles, reflects, and critiques past research but more importantly addresses where the discipline is heading.
SAGE Handbook of Management Learning, Education and Development
Discusses past, present and future perspectives of management learning, education and development
SAGE Handbook of Media Studies
The Handbook offers a comprehensive review within five interconnected areas: humanistic and social scientific approaches; global and comparative perspectives; the relation of media to economy and power; media users; and elements in the media mosaic ranging from media ethics to advertising, from popular music to digital technologies, and from Hollywood and Bollywood to alternative media.
SAGE Handbook of New Approaches in Management and Organization
The Handbook discuss the new and the emerging in management and organization
SAGE Handbook of Nonverbal Communication
This handbook assumes "a broader definition of nonverbal communication, encompassing the sending and receiving of information through appearance, objects, the environment, and behavior in social settings." -- Pref.
SAGE Handbook of Organization Studies [2nd. ed.]
This handbook aims to provide an overview of research in organization studies, using the metaphor of conversations to guide the selection of topics and ground the introduction to them
SAGE Handbook of Organizational Behavior
The Handbook discusses the enormous changes in the workplace that deeply affect the people that work in them, such as changes in how, when, where, and with whom they work. It also examines the origins, current status, and of equal importance, future directions of organizational behavior
Sage Handbook of Organizational Discourse
The handbook provides an important overview of the domains of study, methodologies and perspectives used in research on organizational discourse. It shows how discourse analysis has moved beyond its roots in literary theory to become an important approach in the study of organizations.
SAGE Handbook of Organizational Institutionalism
This handbook take stock of the institutisonal perspective on organizations.
Sage Handbook of Performance Studies
This handbook delineates "the scope of the field, the critical and interpretive methods used, and the theoretical and ethical presumptions that guide work " in this area. -- Introd.
SAGE Handbook of Power
The handbook provides exemplars of ‘cutting edge’, ‘state of the art’ work, drawing on various social science perspectives
Sage Handbook of Research in International Education
"This Handbook analyzes the origins, contributions, and interpretations of international education." --- Introd.
SAGE Handbook of Rhetorical Studies
The Handbook debates "how to locate rhetoric institutionally; to define the nature, function, and scope of rhetoric; to assess the status of rhetorical knowledge; to characterize rhetorical agency; to encourage civic engagement and develop a theory of the public sphere; and to reexamine the relationship between rhetoric and pedagogy."-- Introd.
Sage Handbook of Social Marketing
This handbook explores the fact that "social marketing is concerned with the application of marketing knowledge, concepts and techniques to enhance social as well as economic ends. It is also concerned with analysis of the social consequence of marketing policies, decisions and activities.-- Introd.
SAGE Handbook of Special Education
This handbook "is concerned with the educational responses that are made when students experience difficulties in learning and to those who have or are considered to have disabilities. This concern has traditionally found expression in the form of special education, and thus the book focuses on special education as a form of provision and an area of research, rather than on categories of learning difficulties." -- Pref.
SAGE Handbook of Workplace Learning
"This Handbook draws together the three essential areas of Theory, Research and Practice, and Issues in the field of Workplace Learning." -- Introd.
SAGE Handbook of Writing Development
This handbook "critically examines research and theoretical issues that impact upon writing development from the early years to adulthood. " -- Introd.


Booksellers - Canada
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

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

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

Online Catalogue of out-of-print and rare books from 7000+ booksellers around the world.
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.
"Online catalogue of 20,000,000 old, used and rare books from about 3,500 booksellers around the world."
"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.



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.


Journals Available Online
"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.
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."
Mason's World Dictionary of Livestock Breeds, Types, and Varieties
This is a new edition of a standard reference text, and contains key breed information about cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, horses, asses and buffalo. It contains approximately 9000 entries and cross-references on breeds, sub-breeds, types, varieties, strains and lines of these species. The aim is to include all the livestock names that may be encountered in international literature. Each entry includes the current recommended English name, region or country of origin, notes on usage, followed by a brief physical description of the breed, in terms of colour/markings, horns, and coat type. There is a description of the relationship with other breeds or types, and historical notes about the origin of the breed, plus details of breed societies, and herdbooks where relevant. Finally, foreign names and synonyms are listed, to aid identification.


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