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Toronto, Ontario

A guide to help students find information about Toronto, Ontario.

Research Databases

Here`s a small sample of some the databases that could be of assistance with your studies:

Google Scholar Search

Google Scholar is a free search engine that can be used to broadly search for scholarly literature.

Make the most of Google Scholar

Google Scholar can be customised to include links to online material for which the U of T Libraries have paid a subscription.

  • Go to the Scholar Preferences link on the Google Scholar search page.
  • In the Library Links section type in University of Toronto Libraries and click Find Library.
  • The library name will appear under this box. Select the boxes and click on the Save Preferences button.

You will be able to see links in your search results next to articles that are available to you via the Library.

GeoBASE Search Tips (Engineering Village Interface)

For additional Engineering Village search tips and features, check out their YouTube Channel

Using Research Databases

You can use a research database to search across many journals that publish articles on your topic area. Click on the "Articles" tab, then click on the "Subjects A-Z" link.

searching for articles in subject databases

From the list of subject areas, choose one that is relevant to your subject or discipline, like Geography or Urban Studies, and you will find a list of databases and other resources for that subject.

If you have author, title, and volume/page numbers, use Article Finder to access the full-text (if available) and other related supporting resources.

Use Ulrich's to find out if a journal is peer reviewed; look the for the symbol. Take a look at the Peer-Reviewed Sources page for more information.

Online Journals

The e-Journals library webpage provides access to all of the Library's electronic journal titles. You can also search for e-journals using the library catalogue.

You can search this page by subject area or, if you know the title of a journal, by title. 

Getting Fulltext

When searching for articles in research databases, look for the getit! button* to link to the article's FREE full-text online. If we don't have an electronic copy of the article, it will also let you look for print versions of the article, or request it via Interlibrary Loan.  

If there is no"Get it!" link, or you experience problems, simply search for the journal in the U of T Library Catalogue or the Libraries' E-Journals Collection.  When full-text is not readily available online, make sure you use the title of the journal (not the article title or author).

Alternatively, enter the citation information in the "Article Finder" found on the library's homepage.

*Different databases have different full-text buttons so you might want to  also look for buttons labelled full-text, PDF or SFX .