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Research Guides

Essential Research Skills

This guide supports the Library's Essential Research Skills workshop series.

Do I need to use the Library to find scholarly sources?

You can find scholarly articles on Google. You might run into a couple of problems, though:

  1. You may be asked to pay for the articles you find. DON'T PAY! The U of T Libraries have bought ca. 35 million online scholarly articles for you to use. Chances are, we have your article. Come back to the Library homepage to look for it (video).
  2. Google also has a lot of popular and quasi-scholarly material (like articles that haven't gone through peer review yet). This can make it harder to choose a good article.

Using the library to find a scholarly article in anthropology means using the Library's online scholarly databases to search and access the Library's online scholarly articles. You can do this from home by signing in with your UTORID when prompted.

 

What is peer review? Peer review in 3 minutes

How to recognize a peer-reviewed article

External clues

Many library databases allow you to select scholarly articles:

 You can also check your journal in Ulrichs Periodical Directory (Ulrichsweb), to see if it's peer-reviewed.

Internal clues

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:

How to find articles using the Library homepage

The Library homepage is at library.utoronto.ca. You can search for articles here as well as books, videos, maps, music....

 

Finding a specific known article

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:

  1. Go to the Library homepage: library.utoronto.ca
  2. In the Search all box, search on the article title. If this title is too generic (i.e. common words) add the subtitle and/or author surnames.

      3. Click on your article where it appears in the results list. 

4. Click on the PDF button to download the full text. Note that the PDF button won't always be this obvious and you may need to look around for it. Also, this is the stage where you'll be asked to sign in with your UTORID if you haven't already done so.

How to troubleshoot problems getting the full text

  • Make sure you've chosen a journal article - only journal articles link to the full-text:Doublecheck that you're not trying to link to an article in a book.
  • WORKAROUND if the link to a journal article doesn't work or if the search for your specific article doesn't bring up the article:
    • Search the journal title in the library catalogue. Find the online version of the journal - it has [Electronic resource] beside the title.
    • Often, more than one subscription is listed. Choose the one with the right date to cover your article.
    • Then find the volume and issue that holds your article.
  • It's possible the Library does not have your article  - our collection is enormous but we still don't have everything. For this assignment, choose something else. For future reference, the Library can get things for you from other libraries through inter-library loan
  • You can always check with a librarian. Email Eveline (put ANT100 in the subject line) or contact the Library through chat, email or in-person.

Finding a book chapter

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:

For this assignment, you need a journal article. For future reference, if you do want to get a book chapter/article, search in the library catalogue for the book title