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Graduate Research Support: Finding Sources

Gradaute Research Help

Find A Subject Guide

Subject Librarians

Getting Research Help

Chat with a Librarian

Book an Appointment

Get lengthier and more specialized research help with our book an appointment service.

Visit our Research Help Desk

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

Attend a Workshop

Workshops are scheduled throughout the term.

Online Guides and Videos

How-to guides and videos on writing, research and citation 

Find sources with Search Everything

The "Search Everything” box is located on RULA’s homepageIt searches through the majority of the Library's databases, e-book/book collection, newspapers and more.

 Type in your keywords and click the Go button.

The Result Page

Use the menu on the left side of your result page to limit your results to:

  • Source type (books, articles, newspapers etc.,)
  • Scholarly, peer reviewed
  • Year or date range
  • Subject area or discipline

Online Sources

If your source is online, there will be a "Full Text” link. 


If your source is a book, there will be information on its location and availability status


Example of Search Everything result page

Example of search everything result page

Find articles using research databases

1. On the Library Homepage, click on the Research Databases tab.

2. From the pull down menu choose your subject area.

3. You'll get a list of databases (each database contains 1,000s of articles). The "best bets" are the most widely used databases for this subject. On the right of the page, you'll find the subject librarian and some helpful guides.

Now What?

4. Choose a database and start your search using your keywords. You will have to search more than one database because different databases contain different articles on your topic. 

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