Learning Objective: Understand why we use articles in research and the benefits of using library databases.
Articles appear in magazines, newspapers, and journals. Scholarly articles appear in journals and they are written by researchers, professors and other experts.
Are double checked for accuracy
Have good research methods
Focus on a specific topic/issue
We recommend researching using articles because they represent the type of research and writing you should be aiming for in your own assignments.
You might also find an article that disagrees with your argument. Incorporating “dissenting” sources into your paper and debating their merit with your other supporting sources is exactly what scholarship is about. Scholarly writing is a conversation and a debate between your ideas and your sources.
Remember that accuracy and quality of information matters
A database is an organized collection of information. Computer databases with web interfaces allow users to easily find the content that they are looking for. Netflix is a database of streaming video; Amazon is a database of consumer goods; subject specific library databases are collections of scholarly articles, ebooks, and more.
Library databases allow you to search through millions of scholarly and popular articles, making your life easier. They let you:
Read full text of articles in PDF or HTML (just look for the “Full Text Link” or the “GET IT” link).
Narrow your results to only “peer reviewed”
Email the article to yourself
Show you how to cite your article in APA (or another citation style you need)
Here’s an example from our ProQuest Database:
1. Find the "Search Everything” search box located on RULA’s homepage.
It searches through the majority of the Library's databases, e-book/book collection, newspapers and more.
2. Type in your keywords and click the Go button.
3. Limit your search to peer-reviewed articles (look on the left side of your screen)
4. Click on the “Full Text” link to read the article.
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.
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.
If you love Google, Google Scholar can be an easy way to search for articles. You can use Google Scholar to give you access to 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)
2. Next click on Library Links (on the left-hand side)
3. Type in Ryerson University and select Ryerson University Get It @ Ryerson and click the Save button
4. Now you have access but you will be asked to log-in with your Ryerson ID