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There's a wealth of information available on the internet. For scholarly information, though, you probably need the Library. While you can find scholarly articles through Google, you might run into a couple of problems:
Using the library can mean taking out a book from the shelves. Or it can mean using the Library's online scholarly databases to search and access the Library's online scholarly articles. Or finding an e-book through the library catalogue. You can access online resources from home by signing in with your UTORID when prompted.
Two useful online library encyclopedias:
Encyclopedia do's and don'ts
Use encyclopedias for:
Finding and recognizing the "best" articles on a topic can be a challenge, particularly when you're new to that topic.
One tool that can help you is an annotated bibliography created by an expert on the subject to point you to the best places to start.
There are both external and internal clues as to whether a source is scholarly.
Who is the author? Are they a scholar at a university? A researcher?
For books: is it published by a university press, e.g. University of Toronto Press?
For articles: many library databases allow you to select for scholarly articles/journals:
Some databases allow you to specifiy a peer-reviewed article.
You can also check your journal in Ulrichs Periodical Directory (Ulrichsweb), to see if it's peer-reviewed.
Internal clues include content and style? Is the item research-based?
If you're looking for peer-reviewed articles, be careful. Not everything in a scholarly journal is peer-reviewed - there may be news items, book reviews, editorials, opinion pieces - so you need to know what a peer-reviewed article looks like. Check out the internal clues here:
You already know the article you want - maybe you found it on Google, or through the reference list of another article, or through a prof or TA's recommendation. Let's say you want this one from Google:
What to do:
Citations for articles in books look similiar to citations for journal articles.. Clues it's an article in a book: the word "In"; publisher information; no journal volume or issue number:
To find a an article or chapter in a book, search in the library catalogue for the book title.
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