Addictions Resources

Government Documents


This selected list of library resources includes some basic sources of information in the field of Addictions. The titles listed below represent only a sample of available resources, however. To locate additional sources, or to obtain assistance using the sources listed below, please ask at the Library's Information and Research Assistance Desk on Level 10 of the Library, or call 329-2263.

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Finding Journal Articles: Indexes (Databases).The most current research on any academic topic is usually found in journal articles. Electronic indexes (databases) provide access to this information, allowing you to search for articles on a specific subject.  In addition to journal article citations, indexes/databases usually provide abstracts (short descriptions or summaries of articles), and sometimes they provide the actual journal article itself (full text).  Some of these indexes/databases cover not only journal articles but also newspaper articles, dissertations, conference proceedings, book chapters, government publications, and other types of information.

Addictions Indexes/Databases.The most useful indexes for finding information on topics in addictions are available from the Library's Addictions Indexes/Databases  page.  Since Addictions is highly multidisciplinary, it will frequently be necessary to consult more than one index/database.  You may wish to browse an alphabetical list of the Library's indexes/databases in all subject areas

Finding Full Text: Note that some, but not all, journal indexes/databases contain the full text of journal articles in addition to the article citation. (An article citation usually includes the article author(s), article title, journal title, publication year, journal volume number, journal issue number, and page numbers of a given journal article.) If the index you are searching does not provide the full text, click on the Find Full Text button near the citation in the index you are searching to find out if the Library subscribes to a particular journal in either print or electronic form.  You can also do a Journal Title search in the Library's Library Catalogue  to see if the Library has the journal you are seeking in its holdings or provides access to it electronically. 

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The Library Catalogue provides access to the collections in this library, including books, audiovisual materials, government publications, microforms, and electronic resources. You can search the Library Catalogue for specific titles, works by a particular author, or items on a specific subject. Two kinds of subject searches can be carried out: Keyword and (Library of Congress) Subject Heading.  Subject Headings are subject terms that are assigned to each item in the Library Catalogue in a standard, consistent way, according to a thesaurus or list ofapproved terms.

The following terms are examples of Library of Congress Subject Headings (terms beginning with upper-case) or subject heading subdivisions (terms in lower-case) that you may find useful:

The Library Catalogue can be accessed via the Library webpage. Help with searching the catalogue is available on-screen; select the HELP option.

You can also subscribe to an RSS Feed to view new titles received by the library.

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Dictionaries define the terminology of a discipline. Encyclopedias give background information on a wide variety of topics, and often include references for further research. Some examples relevant to addictions are:

Compulsive Gambling: Medical Dictionary, Bibliography, & Annotated Research (electronic)

Dictionary of Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling

Drugs and Society

Encyclopedia of Addictions and Addictive Behaviors

Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol, and Addictive Behavior

Encyclopedia of Psychotherapy

Gambling in America : An Encyclopedia of History, Issues, and Society (electronic)

Street Drug Slang Dictionary (electronic)

Street Terms (electronic)

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Handbooks can provide quick access to summaries of important concepts or procedures as well as basic factual information in summary form. The following are examples:

Addiction Counselor's Desk Reference

Alberta Profile : Social and Health Indicators of Addiction (electronic)

Assessing Alcohol Problems: A Guide for Clinicians and Researchers (electronic)

Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties (CPS)

Comprehensive Handbook of Psychopathology (electronic)

Comprehensive Handbook of Alcohol-Related Pathology

Comprehensive Handbook of Psychotherapy

Drugs and Drug Abuse: A Reference Text

The Merck Index: An Encyclopedia of Chemicals, Drugs and Biologicals

Uppers, Downers, All Arounders: Physical and Mental Effects ...

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Directories identify, locate, and provide various other information on individuals, organizations, and institutions.

Addictions Organizations (electronic)

National Directory of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment Programs

Treatment Centre Directory (electronic)

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Bibliographies can be an excellent adjunct to journal indexes (databases). They list publications on a particular topic and normally include relevant books, journal articles, government publications, audiovisual materials, etc. Abstracts, or summaries, are often included. To locate a bibliography on your topic, consult the Library Catalogue under the relevant subject term(s) followed by the term "bibliography" (e.g. "alcoholism bibliography", "gambling bibliography").

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Government Documents

Governments publish a wealth of information related to Addictions. Most Canadian and Alberta publications are located in the Government Documents collection on Level 10. You will also find some government publications, both federal and provincial, in the Main Collection (MAINC) on Levels 9 and 10.  Finally, a complete collection of the publications of Canada’s provinces and territories (including Alberta) can be found on microfiche in the Microforms area of Level 11, call number: J 103 M5 (Microlog Collection). The microfiche are filed by Microlog number, which can be obtained from the Canadian Research Index (see below).

Library Catalogue
The Library Catalogue is the first place to check for government publications. The catalogue includes all federal and Alberta publications, including many in electronic form. A few publications from other provinces can also be found using the Library catalogue.

Library Web Page - Government Information Section
Provides many useful links to provincial, national, and international government information including a section on help with finding and citing government publications. Included are links to a variety of government departments and agencies, where many electronic documents can be found.

Statistics Canada Site
The Statistics Canada site provides access to a wealth of statistical information by subject.  Many Statistics Canada publications, both print and electronic, are also accessible via the Library Catalogue.

Canadian Research Index
Access to this index is via the Library’s Web Page, “Indexes/Databases” subpage. This is the most comprehensive available index to all Canadian government publications, both federal and provincial. Entries include Microlog numbers, which can be used to access provincial publications on microfiche in the Microlog collection. Look for the Microlog collection in the Microforms area on Level 11 (call number: J 103 M5).

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Listed below are some examples of Web sites where you will find information relevant to addictions. Remember that not all information found on the web is appropriate for academic purposes.

For help with evaluating information found on the web, see the Library's How-To Guide on this subject.  

ADAI Substance Use Screening & Assessment Instruments Database (University of Washington)

Alberta Gaming Research Institute (AGRI)

Alberta Health Services: Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission (AADAC)

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, University of Washington

Brewers of Canada

Canadian Center on Substance Abuse (CCSA)

Canadian Council for Tobacco Control (CCTC)

Canadian Foundation for Drug Policy (CFDP)

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (Ontario)

Centre for Addictions Research of BC

Clinical Trials Network: Dissemination Library (NIDA)

Drug Policy Alliance (formerly Lindesmith Center )

DrugScope (UK)

Elisad Gateway: European Gateway on Alcohol, Drugs and Addictions

ETS Test Collection (TestLink)

Guide To Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) on The Web

Indiana Prevention Resource Centre (Indiana University)

National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia...

National Clearinghouse for Alcohol & Drug Information (SAMHSA)

National Inhalants Information Service (Australia)

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Public Health Agency of Canada

Responsible Gambling Council (Ontario)

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If you have difficulty finding or using the information you require:

  • ask for assistance at the Information and Research Assistance Desk on Level 10 of the Library
  • call the Information Desk at (403) 329-2263 or (877) 382-7113 (Toll-free)
  • Use Ask Us to IM us or send an online query
  • Use the Library's How-To Guides for help with everything from library research strategies to writing your research paper

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 Content Revised: January 7, 2013
 Content Created: September 10, 2004

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