Reference sources can help you find and develop a research topic by providing background information, facts, statistics, dates and other general information on most topics.
Recommended Library Databases:
Wikipedia can be helpful in finding background information, keywords and major concepts. Check out this quick video on Using Wikipedia for Academic Research. This is another great (and quick) video on Credible Websites.
Tip: Search Google and filter your results by .gov (or .mil).
1. Background information
2. Find articles using the library's amazing databases:
www.lib.utexas.edu > Research Tools > Find Articles Using Databases
Think of the official or scientific terms for common words e.g. "unmanned aircraft" for drones or "hydraulic fracturing" for fracking.
If you need articles related to GMOs and their benefit to society consider using terms like “agricultural productivity” or hunger. If you are lacking information on the negative side try adding terms like “health risks" or environmental.
Example search results:
There is no one “right” way to search. These are just a few tips and suggestions, if you are having trouble finding information – email me! I can help with choosing keywords or recommend databases and other resources.
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Cite Your Sources is a guide to help you:
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When in doubt . . . ask a librarian!
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