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Graduate Research Support: Finding Sources

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Visit the Research Help Desk on the main floor of the Library for help.

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How to Find Articles with Search Everything

Search Everything:

  • Located on the Library's homepage

  • Discovery search box (like Google for Libraries). Searches across our collections of article databases, books, and ebooks etc.,  

  • Use it to find:  books, ebooks, scholarly articles, newspaper, magazines.


Using Search Everything (Video)



1. Search using keywords (or the title/author if you know it)

Search everything search box


2. Refine using filters on the left of the result page.

  1. Content type (book, journal article, newspaper etc.,)  

  2. Scholarly & peer reviewed, publication date, discipline etc.,​​


3. Get your sources.

  1. Online Items Only link is for articles and ebooks

    1. Link will bring you to another page with the full text of the article or ebook.

  2. Save or Cite your results using the icons on the right side of your source.  


Aspects of the result page - limit on the left and click on Full Text online to read your articles


Try It: 

1. Go to

2. Search using the keywords: "Student Motivation" AND "Online Learning"

3. Limit your results to peer reviewed 

4. Pick one of your results and click on "Full Text Online" and locate the PDF of the article, 

5. Go back to your results page and click the email icon to email the article to yourself. 

How to Find Articles with Subject Databases

Subject Databases:

  • The Library subscribes to various databases that contain collections of scholarly articles, newspapers, magazines, reports, videos,etc.

  • Use to find: scholarly & peer reviewed articles, newspapers, magazines, corporate reports, trade magazines, online videos and images.

Directions (Locating Databases): 


1. Locate the Research Databases tab on the Library’s homepage


Highlight of the database tab on the library's home page



2. Pick your subject area or “multi-disciplinary” etc., 

list of subject areas for database tab


3. Choose from a list of databases in your subject area. 

*You will have to search more than one database – different databases contain different articles on your topic

example of database list for Aboriginal studies


Directions For Searching within Subject Databases

  1. Search using keywords

  2. Use the menu options to refine your results*

    1. Peer Reviewed, date range, etc.,

  3. Use the save or cite options*

*Because each database is owned by a different company, the location of the refine options and save / cite options are in different locations on the result page for each database.


Example of a results list from an EBSCO database (America: History & Life)

example of how to refine your results in an EBSCO database


Example of a results list from a PROQUEST database (Canadian Business & Current Affairs Database)

Example of Proquest Database result list

Try It: 

1. Go to

2. Click on Database tab

3. Pick a subject area you are currently studying

4. Chose a database under that subject area

5. Search using keywords related to the area you are studying

6. Limit your results to peer reviewed in the database

7. Pick one of your results and click on "Full Text Online" and locate the PDF of the article

8. Locate the email icon in the database to email the article to yourself

Find articles using Google Scholar

Google Scholar

If you love Google, Google Scholar can be an easy way to search for articles. You can use Google Scholar to search Ryerson’s databases. When searching at home, follow these instructions to enable access.

*You can only enable Google Scholar to access Ryerson databases and articles and you will be asked to log in using your Ryerson ID.


1. Click on Settings (Top Right Corner)


Where to click on Settings on Google Scholar - top right corner



2. Next click on “Library Links” (On the Left-hand Side)

Click on Library Links on left side


3. Type in Ryerson University and Check it off.

Type in Ryerson and click search

(Now you have access but you will be asked to log-in with your Ryerson ID)



Find non-published resources