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National Archives of the United States
As the nation's record keeper, it is our vision that all Americans will understand the vital role records play in a democracy, and their own personal stake in the National Archives. Our holdings and diverse programs will be availa...
Parliamentary Names & Numbers
Parliamentary Names & Numbers is your guide to governments in Canada. It's an invaluable resource, available online, for anyone who needs information about Canada's politicians, senior bureaucrats, and the government sector...
Sources Select Resources
SOURCES SELECT Resources, published by Sources, features articles about and reviews of information resources, research techniques, and other issues of interest to journalists and researchers. SOURCES SELECT Resources app...

News Releases

Decision not file charges in CIA video destruction deals new setback to right to information
2010-11-17
Reporters without Borders
The decision not to file charges against any of the CIA officers who destroyed 92 videos of interrogations in secret CIA prisons has dealt a new blow to the search for truth in a matter of public inte...
IFJ Condemns United States "Desperate and Dangerous" Backlash over WikiLeaks
2010-12-07
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today condemned the political backlash being mounted against the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks and accused the United States of attacking free spe...
NGO gains access to Guantanamo documents but double standard still prevails
2011-03-07
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders welcomes the release of Department of Defence documents on 2 March that shed light on the Bush administration’s policies on the Guantanamo Bay detention centre.
Nova Scotia election results online at Sources.com
2009-06-10
Parliamentary Names & Numbers
The results of the Nova Scotia election, with all members elected to the Nova Scotia legislature, are now available via Parliamentary Names & Numbers. Parliamentary Names & Numbers is the directory of...
WikiLeaks appeals for help as attacks are stepped up
2010-12-07
Wikileaks
As the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks comes under mounting cyber-attacks and as hosting companies continue to withdraw their services, it is appealing to its supporters around the world to create m...
Zimbabwe: Bill would restrict public access to official information
2010-11-17
Reporters without Borders
Reporters Without Borders calls for the withdrawal of a bill about to be submitted to Zimbabwe's parliament which would allow the authorities to block public access to official documents including jud...

Sources Select Resources

Access to Electronic Records
A State by State Guide to Obtaining Government Data
Dalglish, Lucy A. Dalglish; LaFleur, Jennifer LaFleur; Leslie, Gregg P.
Article
2003
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
Reporters have a tool that allows them to report on entire populations and do original analysis on a subject for their stories, rather than relying solely on anecdotes. Computer-assisted reporting hel...
Banamex v. Narco News Precedent Protects WikiLeaks, Too
Article
2010
Nacronews
The story – one that defines the times we live in - has been going on for a while now: State power (and that includes private-sector “states” such as corporations and commercial media organizations) c...
Decision not file charges in CIA video destruction deals new setback to right to information
Sources News Release
Article
2010
Reporters without Borders
The decision not to file charges against any of the CIA officers who destroyed 92 videos of interrogations in secret CIA prisons has dealt a new blow to the search for truth in a matter of public inte...
Dismantling Democracy
Stifling Debate and Dissent in Canada
Article
2015
Voices-Voix
An extensive dossier of the Harper government's attacks on democracy, debate, and dissent.
Files that may shed light on colonial crimes still kept secret by UK
Cobain, Ian; Norton-Taylor, Richard
Article
2013
Guardian Weekly
Secret government files from the final years of the British empire are still being concealed despite a pledge by William Hague, the foreign secretary, that they would be declassified and opened to the...
Harper, Serial Abuser of Power: The Evidence Compiled
The Tyee's full, updated list of 70 Harper government assaults on democracy and the law.
Beers, David; and Tyee Staff and Contributors
Article
2015
The Tyee
Stephen Harper and his Conservatives have racked up dozens of serious abuses of power since forming government in 2006. From scams to smears, monkey-wrenching opponents to intimidating public servants...
The History Thieves - Review
How Britain covered up its imperial crimes
Jack, Ian
Book
2016
Guardian
A review of Ian Cobain's book The History Thieves, an engrossing study which identifies secrecy as a 'very British disease', exploring how, as the empire came to an end, government officials burned th...
IFJ Condemns United States "Desperate and Dangerous" Backlash over WikiLeaks
Sources News Release
Article
2010
International Federation of Journalists
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today condemned the political backlash being mounted against the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks and accused the United States of attacking free spe...
Information Access
Sources Select Resources Encyclopedia
Article
Let the People Know
Put Full Texts of Government Contracts Online
NADER, Ralph
Article
2013
Counter Punch
Openness in our government is essential for a healthy democracy
Public's Access to Government Records Faces Roadblocks Aplenty
Pruitt, Gary
Article
2015
Media Channel
Legally, all governent documents in the United States are supposed to be publicly accessible. It seems, however, that there is a work-around censor. Documents that prove embarassing to the organizatio...
The Secret Secret
Of Wikileaks and Literacy
Johnson, Jimmy
Article
2010
CounterPunch
Only those with proper clearances can participate in discussions that affect significant aspects of our lives. Certain technological achievements, our collective ethical decisions (torture, secret pri...
The Truth Will Always Win
Assange, Julian
Article
2010
In its landmark ruling in the Pentagon Papers case, the US Supreme Court said "only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government". The swirling storm around WikiLeaks t...
A War on Wikileaks?
Unhinged at the US State Department and Pentagon
Forte, Maximillian C.
Article
2010
CounterPunch
If the state fails to make any sense - not surprising - it is because it is has no intention of doing so. The state is appealing to something more visceral with all of this posturing: fear. It wants t...

Sources Bookshelf

Finding Answers
The Essential Guide to Gathering Information in Canada
Tudor, Dean
Book
1993
Outlines the essentials of how to find and use information.
The History Thieves
Secrets, Lies, and the Shaping of a Modern Nation
Cobain, Ian
Book
2016
Ian Cobain uncovers the role of secrecy in the British state - and the lies, omissions and misrepresentations we've been fed to maintain the facade of a fair and just Britain.
Kill The Messengers
Stephen Harper's Assault on Your Right to Know
Bourrie, Mark
Book
2015
Ottawa has become a place where the nation's business is done in secret, and access to information - the lifeblood of democracy in Canada - is under attack.
Sources Select Resources
Reviews and information about print and online resources for journalists and researchers
Website
1977
Reviews and information about print and online resources for journalists and researchers.

Government Ministries & Agencies

Justice & Attorney General of Canada
The Department of Justice provides advice and services to federal departments and conducts, as the Attorney General of Canada, litigation on their behalf. The department also has general responsibilit...
National Film Board
Canada#s public film producer and distributor.


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