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What this search covers

Advanced Search includes all content from www.statcan.gc.ca including the main pages and more results. It also allows you to limit your search by:

Search operators

Include pages with all these words

Enter words that you would like to appear in your search results.

For example: Canadian population

Screen capture: Search example for the section "Include pages with these words." Example search entered, Canadian population.

Canadian AND population both appear in the results; however they are not always together within the results.

Screen capture: Search results for the example Canadian population. Canadian and population are highlighted in yellow wherever they appear in the search results.

Include pages with this exact wording

Enter words that you would like to appear exactly as entered in your search results. This is also known as Phrase searching.

For example: Canadian population

Screen capture: Search example for the section "Include pages with this exact wording." Example search entered, Canadian population.

Canadian population appears in the search results, exactly as written.

Screen capture: Search results for the example Canadian population. Canadian and population are highlighted in yellow wherever they appear in the search results.

Include pages with one or more of these words

Enter words for which you want one or more to appear in your search results.

If there are several words to describe what you are looking for try using the "one or more of these" option.

For example: population demographic demography

Screen capture: Search example for the section "Include pages with one or more these." Example search entered, population demographic demography.

The search results will have at least one of the words, population OR demographics OR demography.

Screen capture: Search results for the example population demographic demography. Population, demographic and demography are highlighted in yellow wherever they appear in the search results.

Exclude pages with these words

Enter words which you would not like to appear in your search results.

For example: health

Screen capture: Search example for the section "Exclude with these words." Example search entered, population for the field "Include pages for all these words" and health for the field "Exclude with these words."

All the search results will have population, none will have health.

Screen capture: Search results for the example population NOT health. Population is highlighted in yellow wherever it appears in the search results.

These words must be in the title

Limit your search to words that appear in the title.

For example: gross domestic product

Screen capture: Search example for the section "These words must be in the title." Example search entered, gross domestic product.

All these results will have gross domestic product in the title.

Screen capture: Search results for the example gross domestic product. Gross domestic product is highlighted in yellow wherever it appears in the search results.

These words must be name(s) of the author(s)

Enter names when you want to find authors. Order is not important, you can enter one name or more, first or last. You can also look for multiple authors.

For example: Dominique Fleury

Screen capture: Search example for the section "name(s) of the author(s)." Example search entered, dominique fleury.

Only results that include this name as an author are returned in the search results.

Multiple names

Screen capture: Search example for the section "These words must be name(s) of the author(s)." Example search entered, margot shields, kathryn wilkins.

Tips:

  • search terms are not case sensitive
  • commas are optional
  • do not use initials when searching
Screen capture: Search results for the example margot shields, kathryn wilkinson. Shields, Margot and Wilkins, Kathryn Gross are listed as authors in the catalogue record.

These words must be keywords applied to the document

Enter words that you think may be specifically selected to describe an item. Hint: try consulting the StatCan Thesaurus to select your words.

For example: crops

Screen capture: Search example for the section "These words must be keywords applied to the document." Example search entered, crops.

The keyword "crops" has been applied to the publication as a search term which may be used to look for results although it is not necessarily part of the title or description.

Screen capture: Search results for the example crops. Screen capture: Crops is listed alphabetically under the keywords section of the catalogue record.

Limit to

Limit to type of information

Use the drop down arrow in order to pick from the options within the type of information category.

Screen capture: Search example for the section "Limit to type of information." Example search selected from the drop down menu, data tables.

For example, if you choose "data tables" only the results which have data tables will appear.

Screen capture: Search results for the example data tables. Data tables are the only "Limit to type of information" to appear in the search results.

Here are all the categories for type of information and their definitions.

Screen capture: Image of the complete drop down menu for "Limit to type of information." The choices are: Key resources, Data tables, Articles and reports, Map and geographic tools, Definitions and documentation, Educational resources and training.
  • Key resources: Find entry points to Statistics Canada information such as indexes, subject guides, search tools and landing pages.
  • Articles and reports: Find analytical reports, technical papers and news releases.
  • Maps and geographic tools: Find maps and resources to understand geographic information.
  • Definitions and documentation: Find documents and definitions to understand terminology, classification schemes and The Census.
  • Educational resources and training: Find information about Statistics Canada resources and training including products designed for teachers and students.

Limit to price (free or $)

Use the drop down arrow in order to limit results to free ones. Note: you can also tell if there is a cost by the $ at the end of the link in the search results.

Screen capture: Search example for the section "Limit to price (free or $)." Example search selected from the drop down menu, Cost $.

Limit to section of the site

Use the drop down arrow to limit your search to one section of the site.

For example: if you choose "analytical studies" it will only bring up results that belong in that section of the website.

Screen capture: Search example for the section "Limit to section of the site." Example search selected from the drop down menu, Analytical Studies.

Here are all the categories for section of the site and their definitions.

Screen capture: Image of the complete drop down menu for "Limit to section of the site." The choices are: All, The Daily, Summary tables, Census, CANSIM, Publications, Analytical Studies, Definitions, data sources and methods, Learning resources and Other.
  • The Daily: Find information designed for the media.
  • Summary Tables: Find simple tables on popular subjects.
  • Census: Find information about communities from The Census.
  • CANSIM: Create tables or graphs by selecting various dimensions.
  • Publications: Find Statistics Canada publications.
  • Analytical Studies: Find Statistics Canada analytical studies.
  • Definitions, data sources and methods: Find information used to interpret Statistics Canada's published data e.g. survey records.
  • Other: Find content in other sections of the site.

Limit to subject

Use the drop down arrow to limit results to one subject from our Statistics Canada Subject Taxonomy.

For example: if you choose "Aboriginal peoples" it will only bring up results that have been classified by the subject.

Screen capture: Search example for the section "Limit to subject." Example search selected from the drop down menu, Aboriginal peoples.

Many products may refer to "Aboriginal peoples" but these are products mainly about "Aboriginal peoples".

Pages dated

Use the drop down arrows in order to choose the date you wish to find. You can choose year, month and day.

Screen capture: Search example for the section "Pages dated from this year, month, and day." Example search selected from the drop down menus, 2008, June, 19

The results include all products for the day June 19, 2008.

Screen capture: Search results for the example 2008 June 19. Search results include only those dated 2008-06-19.

Or, search a date range.

Screen capture: Search example for the section "Pages dated to this year, month, and day." Example search selected from the drop down menus, 2008, June, 19 to April, 21, 2009

The results will include all products from June 19, 2008 to April 21, 2009.