Answered By: Research support team
Last Updated: Jan 25, 2018     Views: 290

There are many ways to find scholarly articles online.  It is important to have a good search strategy, though. Check out our 'Research the Topic' tutorial for help on getting started with your research.


Search Tools and Databases


Discovery is the main search box in the RRU Library homepage. You can search most of the Library's digital collection there. Excluded from Discovery are financial databases used for marketing research. To find that material, look for the 'Doing Business Research' link on the Library homepage.

Google Scholar:

GoogleScholar is a freely accessible tool for searching for scholarly articles from all fields of study. Be sure to access it through the library website in order to avoid paywalls. Check out our library guide for more information:

Specialized Databases:

Royal Roads library has specialized databases that allow you to conduct searches in a specific subject areas. Access to these databases is available from the 'Research Databases' tab on the Library homepage. You can also find your way to subject-specific databases via our subject guides:

Citation Chaining
Once you have found a few good articles that are particularly relevant for you topic, take a look at their reference lists. Search for the titles of these articles in Discovery or Google Scholar. If you are using Google Scholar, use the “related articles” and “cited by” features in the results list to explore resources related to pertinent articles.


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