Estimate Time: 15 minutes
Articles appear in magazines, newspapers, and journals. Scholarly articles appear in journals and they are written by researchers, professors and other experts.
Contain expert knowledge
Are double checked for accuracy
Have good research methods
Focus on a specific topic/issue
We recommend using scholarly articles when researching 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
Example of an Article
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:
Located on the Library's homepage https://library.ryerson.ca/
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.
1. Search using keywords (or the title/author if you know it)
2. Refine using filters on the left of the result page.
Content type (book, journal article, newspaper etc.,)
3. Get your sources.
Online Items Only link is for articles and ebooks
Link will bring you to another page with the full text of the article or ebook.
Save or Cite your results using the icons on the right side of your source.
1. Go to https://library.ryerson.ca/
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.
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.
1. Locate the Research Databases tab on the Library’s homepage
2. Pick your subject area or “multi-disciplinary” etc.,
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
Search using keywords
Use the menu options to refine your results*
Peer Reviewed, date range, etc.,
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.
1. Go to https://library.ryerson.ca/
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
You can search for books using Search Everything or the "Books" tab on the Library's home page (library.ryerson.ca):
1. Search using keywords (or the title if you know it)
2. Next refine using filters on the left of the result page.
Content type (Book/eBook)
This tab searches our book and ebook collection
Locate the book tab on the Library’s homepage
Enter your keywords (or author/title if you know it)
Choose from a list of results
Example of eBook and physical books: