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Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 technology  research  practice

A Research Tip

  • Research & Writing

A press release received in my email inbox inspired today’s tip. Because I subscribe to an email list used by Canadian law libraries (CALL-L – an open list, more info here), I received the following press release:

APLIC/ABPAC releases its Government and Legislative Libraries Online Publications Portal (GALLOPP/PPGPE): A key resource for locating Canadian and Provincial Government Publications.

The Association of Parliamentary Libraries in Canada (APLIC) is proud to announce the release of its unique pan-Canadian bilingual government and legislative publications portal known as GALLOPP (Government and Legislative Libraries Online Publications Portal) / PPGPE (Portail des publications gouvernementales et parlementaires électroniques). It promises to become a vital resource for Canadian libraries seeking the electronic publications of Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments and legislatures.

The result of collaboration between provincial and territorial legislative libraries from across Canada and the federal government’s Depository Services Program (DSP), the portal provides one-stop access to over 320,000 electronic provincial, territorial and federal government publications and legislative materials dating back to 1995.

Its simple and easy-to-use English and French interface allows users to search for documents by keyword or full-text and then link to the electronic copies of the materials hosted by the collecting library. Results can be cross-jurisdictional or limited by jurisdiction or date.

The portal is a unique resource bringing together for the first time the significant government document repositories that have been built by individual legislative libraries and the DSP.

New documents will be added regularly to GALLOPP. A detailed scope note on the site provides an up-to-date description of the portal’s content.

The portal is available at no charge and is accessible on the APLIC site at http://www.aplic-abpac.ca/aplic_home.html .

The APLIC Portal page offers a scope note describing the wonderful material now amalgamted for searching in this new database resource. There is even an easy to understand option.

My sincere congratulations and thanks to the Association of Parliamentary Libraries in Canada for making this material easier to access. Having this information is a fantastic reason to make use of email lists.

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