In 1956, the first resources atlas of British Columbia was published by the British Columbia Natural Resources Conference. It was a remarkable achievement, representing the combined effort of the many people in industry, university, and government who comprised the conference. As a source of information about British Columbia, it was an outstanding reference and was widely consulted both at home and abroad by those who had a special interest in this province.

Over the years, rapid development of our resource-based industries brought many changes in the geography of the province, and the need for a new regional atlas became apparent. Although the British Columbia Natural Resources Conference is itself no longer active, the kind of interest in basic resources and resource industries of this province that it embodied is widespread.

To access this ebook made available through UBC Press, click here.

Did You Know?

There are also other books, book chapters, guidebooks/handbooks, and more that have been made available in cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository. Here are a few quick examples:

  • UBC Affiliates – Vancouver Institute – From the Vancouver Institute Lectures Collection: Canada: Can we survive?

Above excerpt in italics is taken from the Foreword text by William Richards Bennett, former Premier of the Province of British Columbia.

The image shown below is the front cover of the atlas.

Sowing SEEDS in cIRcle

cIRcle is home to a collection of student reports from the UBC SEEDS (Social, Ecological, Economic, Development Studies) Program. SEEDS enables students, staff, and faculty to collaborate on research projects that address campus sustainability issues including water quality, transportation, and waste management.

The SEEDS Collection in cIRcle ( is home to over 150 student projects and is constantly growing, most recently through the addition of projects from the 2009-2010 school-year.

The top 3 items accessed in this collection as of late September, 2010 are:

1)      “2006 Greenhouse Gas Inventory Faculty-Specific Preliminary Analysis” with 640 views

2)      “Achieving economic and social sustainability in the inner city : the role of business improvements districts” with 550

3)      “2003 UBC Food System Collaborative Project: Summary Findings” with nearly 500 views

To learn more about the SEEDS program and the exciting collaborative research projects occurring on campus, visit their website:

About the Retrospective Theses and Dissertations collection:

  • 21,100+ titles in the above collection today represents the work of UBC graduate students from 1974-1987 and 1991-2006;
  • End of March 2011, the remaining 10,000+ Retrospective Theses and Dissertation titles will be added to cIRcle; and,
  • The final result? Complete coverage of UBC theses from 1919-2007.

About the Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) 2008+ collection:

  • 2,900+ titles in the UBC ETDs collection to date – and growing steadily

Curious about the past, future and/or process of archiving UBC theses and dissertations? Be sure to check out these titles in cIRcle:

From Paper to Pixels: Rough Spots and Roadblocks on the Way to ETDs at:

From Paper to Pixels: Challenges and Solutions on the Way to ETDs at:

Thesis submission and archiving: the Dark Ages at:

The CLC Assistants can provide support to graduate students on formatting their thesis.

For more information about Final Dissertation & Thesis Submission, click here.

For more information about Electronic Thesis Submission, click here.

There are over 2,600 Theses and Dissertations from 2008 to date

and over 18,600 Theses and Dissertations before 2008 in cIRcle.

Pacific Affairs: An International Review of Asia and the Pacific

Browse the Journal’s electronic book reviews at:

Visit the Pacific Affairs home page at:

cIRcle has over 200 conference papers from the 6th International Conference on Gas Hydrates.

Browse through this collection at:

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