Scholars Portal

The Scholars Portal suite of services & products.

What is Scholars Portal?

Scholars Portal is a suite of services and products offered through a partnership of Ontario academic libraries.  Originally a database of full-text e-journals, Scholars Portal has evolved to include numerous indexes and abstracts (now called Scholars Portal Search) with seamless linking from initial search to final results via the Find It @York feature. RACER provides a new interlibrary loan interface to request  research materials not system. And Refworks is the bibliographic management tool that helps you keep track of your findings. Below is a summary of these various elements that now make up Scholars Portal. If you already know about them, you will find direct links in the box to the right.

More information may be found in the Scholars Portal Search FAQ.

Quick links to:

original Scholars Portal interface

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The original Scholars Portal site contains 8,644,380 articles from 7,341 full text journals published by Academic Press, American Psychological Association, American Chemical Society, Berkeley Electronic Press, Blackwell Publishing, Cambridge University Press, Emerald Publishing, Elsevier Science (Elsevier Science, Harcourt Health Sciences), IEEE Publication, Kluwer (Kluwer Academic Publishers, Kluwer Law International and Kluwer/Plenum), Oxford University Press, Project MUSE, Sage Publications, Springer-Verlag, Taylor and Francis and John Wiley & Sons. (some of these may not be licensed by York.)

You can:

  • Carry out simple or advanced searches. 
  • Browse journals by title and view contents
  • Set up alerts.
new Scholars Portal Search interface

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The new & enhanced Scholars Portal Search now offers a single point of access for the 7000+ e-journal collection, and a host of popular periodical indexes licensed by York Libraries. With a single search, you can now retrieve records from over 40 different indexes, including popular databases such as: Sociological Abstracts, Inspec, Philosopher’s Index, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts, and ERIC. I

You can:

  • Carry out simple or advanced searches. 
  • Browse table of contents

Scholars Portal screen showing Find It @ York buttons

Find It @ York button

This small icon is an integral performer in the search process, taking you from a citation in an index or abstract database to the resulting electronic fulltext equivalent when available and to the catalogue record for information on print equivalent (if York owns it) when the electronic is not available.

EJOURNALS @Scholars Portal

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E-Journals @ Scholars Portal is just one of many databases that can be searched using the Scholars Portal Search interface. It contains records for all 8.5 million articles contained in ScienceServer. It is the same as the original Scholars Portal described above but resides in this new environment in order that it may be searched in
conjunction with all the other databases on that platform.

RACER screenshot

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RACER (Rapid Access to Collections by Electronic Requesting) is the interlibrary loan component under the Scholars Portal umbrella.  It allows you to search multiple library catalogues, identify items of interest and submit requests directly to Resource Sharing staff for them to locate the material for you from another library..


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Refworks is the tool that helps faculty and students manage the accumulated results of their various research undertakings; it facilitates the creation of footnotes and bibliographies.