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Community Scholars Portal

Sign in to the Community Scholars Portal to search for and read thousands of articles and ebooks.

Registered Community Scholars, use the credentials sent to you by email. If you need help locating these, contact your librarian.

Research tips and strategies

If you'd like some assistance using the Portal, check out this tips and strategies sheet, or contact your librarian.

Video tutorials for searching in the Portal

Visit our YouTube playlist for videos with tips and strategies for finding scholarly publications:

Signing in  

How to find the Community Scholars Portal and input your credentials to begin your search.

Searching and filtering

How to navigate the Portal, conduct a basic search, and filter out irrelevant results.

Saving and citing

How to save items to your account, and other actions you can take with the articles and books that you find.

Tips on reading and evaluating academic papers

This video provides some tips for getting the most out of the academic articles you find. Rather than reading the papers all the way through from beginning to end, consider focusing on the most important sections of the paper to help you save time and get the most out of each resource.

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There are plenty of different lenses you can bring to evaluating an academic paper. Once you've chosen some papers to evaluate closely, try reading them with a critical eye, and addressing the five Cs referred to in this paper (Links to an external site.).

The five C's for evaluating a research paper

Category: What type of article is this? A measurement paper? An analysis of an existing system? A description of a research prototype?

Context: Which other papers is it related to? Which theoretical bases were used to analyze the problem? Are there other contexts that make this paper generalizable or constrain it?

Correctness: Do the assumptions appear to be valid? (if you've got an eye for stats, you may also wonder if the results and conclusions appear to be valid)

Contributions: What are the paper’s main contributions? 

Clarity: Is the paper well written?

What's available?

Credentialled Community Scholars will be able to access >20,000 titles: journals, ebooks, and reference works in the following collections:

Collections available for Community Scholars
  • Cambridge Books Online
  • Cambridge Histories Online
  • Cambridge Journals
  • E-Duke Books Scholarly Collection
  • E-Duke Journals Scholarly Collection
  • Oxford University Press Journals
  • Oxford Bibliographies Online
  • Oxford Digital Reference
  • Oxford Handbooks Online
  • Oxford Reference Online
  • Oxford University Press Scholarship
  • Sage Journals
  • Sage Knowledge
  • Sage Research Methods Online
  • Springer / Nature Journals
  • Springer Ebooks
  • Taylor and Francis Ebooks
  • Taylor and Francis Online (Journals)
  • Wiley Blackwell Online Journals 
  • Wiley Online Library Ebooks

Need some assistance? Contact Kate Shuttleworth, , Community Scholars librarian.