Public Policy Documents 

    A Subset of the Complete Collection

    In social sciences and humanities disciplines, the monograph is an important form of scholarly communication. In these fields, thousands of authoritative, original monographs are issued in PDF form by public policy institutes, government agencies, advocacy groups, think-tanks, university research centres and other public interest groups  


    Without central organization, these important documents are often overlooked by students and researchers. On a daily basis our editors survey the sites of thousands of authoritative “grey literature” publishers, harvesting monographs representing the leading edge of research and opinion in all areas of Canadian public policy. 


    ​Document Inclusion Criteria


    The agencies included in this collection represent the leading edge of primary research and opinion in all areas of Canadian public policy. The service provides new documents on a daily basis, fully indexed and geared for library use. Every document is accompanied by a MARC record as soon as it appears, so library collections may be kept current. Documents are curated for selection based on their “lasting general reference value” and originality of content.


    The collection includes research papers, reports, studies, policy papers & briefs, discussion papers, numbered series, working papers, political party platforms, evidence reviews, systematic reviews, economic evaluations, and environmental scans. 

    (This service supersedes and incorporates the Canadian Public Policy and Canadian Health Research Collections, which were compiled by CEL during the period 2005 through 2016 and made available on the ebrary/ProQuest platform. The contents of these collections now form part of the Public Documents service..)

    ​Copyright on Public Documents


    All public documents on the desLibris site ("Documents")  are harvested from public websites, where the publishers have made them free to download.  Copyright on these documents is owned by the original publisher. For details see the copyright notice in each title. While some may be licensed under Creative Commons, the majority are not expressly so licensed. 


    It could be said that these titles have been placed into the "public domain" by the publishers' act of making them available for download. 

    The "Get this Book" link on Documents points to the original source.  And because desLibris serves only as an access point, Canadian Electronic Library makes no representation concerning the copyright status of any Document.

    Canadian Electronic Library complies with publisher requests that titles be removed from desLibris, 

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