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WRR303: Digital Rhetoric

REMEMBER - Scholarly Articles

You will be expected to make use of not only classroom material but also a minimum of three additional scholarly resources (not including Wikipedia, dictionaries, or light journalistic pieces).

What makes an article scholarly?

  • Academic Article - Are there in-text citations and references listed in bibliography? 
  • Newspaper Article - Does the article include interviews with experts and clearly identify facts? 
  • Do the authors have expertise (e.g., affiliation to an academic institution or recognized organization, academic credentials)?
  • Use RADAR criteria (Rationale, Authority, Date, Accuracy, Relevance) to assess if the research is reliable and scholarly. 

Limit to Peer-Reviewed Articles

"Peer-reviewed Articles" is one of the filter options in LibrarySearch. Selecting this filter limits your search results to articles published in scholarly journals that use a peer-review editorial process. 

Results page with arrow pointing to peer-reviewed articles filter.


Understanding Peer Review

Peer Review is:

  • The formal process by which researchers critically appraise each other's work to ensure a high level of scholarship in a journal and to improve the quality and readability of a manuscript. 
  • Applied to both primary articles (i.e. articles which present findings from original research) and review articles that summarize primary research. 

How this Filter Works

LibrarySearch is integrated with UlrichsWeb, a periodical index that includes the peer-review status of more than 300,000 journals. When you select this filter, LibrarySearch instantly narrows your results to those UlrichsWeb indicates are peer-reviewed. 

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Databases containing different types of articles (newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals)

Databases by Subject A-Z

Search subject-specific resources that have been vetted by Liaison Librarians. 

Other Popular Databases and Search Platforms 

ProQuest Platform - Search Tips


ProQuest is a platform containing over 100 databases. ProQuest contains scholarly and popular publications (i.e., newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, eBook titles, dissertations and theses) across a variety of different subjects areas, including social sciences, business, arts and humanities.  


1) Use the Advanced Search Tool  

The Advanced Search Tool allows you to build your search with multiple keywords that you can combine with Boolean Operators (AND, OR, NOT) from the dropdown menu between the search fields.

There is also to option to limit your results to "Peer reviewed" (i.e., articles in peer-reviewed journals) and "Full text" (i.e., PDF or option to read online is available within ProQuest). These filters are also available on the search results page.

Screen Shot ProQuest Advance Search with search terms "urban footprint" AND Toronto OR Ontario


2) Sort your Results 

  • Sort your results (Relevance, Date) 
    • By Relevance: It is determined by an algorithm that factors in the number of time your search terms appear in the record as well as where in the record your search terms appear.
    • By Date: It may be useful to arrange the results chronologically (oldest first) in order to follow the entire production process of a particular film, from gossip about potential stars to reviews and box-office grosses.
  • Learn more about ProQuest Search Results Page (ProQuest Guide)


3) Using ProQuest Search Filters

  • Narrow your search results using filters on left sidebar.  
    • Peer Review: Click the checkbox if you are seeking journals with peer review editing process (papers are send to experts to assess and provide feedback to the author). Learn more about Peer Review Journals.  
    • Full Text: Limit to items that ProQuest can provide the PDFs or Text 
    • Source TypeScholarly Journals, Newspapers, Trade Journals (Industry publications), Magazines, Books, Dissertations & Theses,  or Blogs, Podcasts, & Websites‎
    • Publication Year: Last 12 Months, Last 5 Years, Custom Date Range or Specific DateScreenshot of ProQuest Subject & Doc Type filters
    • Subject: Look for subject headings tied to the discipline or topic you are interested.You can order the results alphabetically by clicking on Subject at the top of the pop-up window. 
    • Document Type:
      • Scholarly research articles - Feature, Front Page/Cover Story, Article, Literature Review (overview of research trends & findings on a topic)
      • Opinion articles - Review (e.g., book, film, resource) and Editorial (written by editor)
      • Look for in-text citation and bibliographies to identify scholarly works. 
    • Publication Title: Journal of Scholarly PublishingRhetoricaThe Globe and Mail
    • Language 
  • Click on More filters link at the bottom of the filter menu to including: Location, Database, Person, Company/organization 


Using the More+ link in Search Results 

Several filters display a More+ link at the bottom that opens a pop up window containing all the filter options. 

  • Left column (Include, Exclude) - Use the Include or Exclude checkbox to narrow your search 
  • Centre column - Click on the heading in the centre column will reorder the list alphabetically.
  • Right column (Count) - Order the filter based on the number of articles tagged with filter options 
  • Click Apply to submit the search

screenshot of ProQuest Subject filter pop up window, highlighting Include header, Subject header and search button


4) Mark relevant records

If you find interesting articles, be sure to . 

  • Go to the search results page and click the check box to the left of the article title  
  • When you are ready to email the articles to yourself, scroll to the top of the results list and click on Email link (on right side) or click on the Folder icon in the top right corner of the screen. 
  • Set your preferred citation style and email the marked records to yourself.


Screen shot  ProQuest Results for  conservation AND ecolog* AND cities AND canada. Select items using check box and view all selected item with the folder icon in upper right corner.


5. Create a free ProQuest MyResearch account.
  • Click on the person icon in the upper right corner of the screen to access MyResearch.
  • Create a free account with your UToronto email.
  • Save your searches and selected items in your MyResearch profile 


Learn more about ProQuest 

More details can be found in ProQuest Search Tips Guide