For help in finding articles, we recommend using indexing tools. Some indexes only index; some index and include text for some of the articles. Always, though, you should see the citation for the article. This helps find the text for the article in the UT subscriptions. Here are databases we especially recommend to you:
Also, the Libraries offer many other databases that index articles. There is a big list. Included in these databases are full-text products from society publishers such as the American Chemical Society (ACS), IEEE, ASME, ASCE, and others.
Encyclopedias are a great place to start your research! They provide background information on an unfamiliar topic; list key terms, facts, statistics, and definitions; and suggest additional resources.
Can’t find what you are looking for?
Government websites are generally considered a reliable and very important source of information. The governmental level might be international, federal, state, or local. Types of information include statistics, technical reports, data, court cases, and patents.
Any Google search may be filtered with a site limit. This would usually be "site:gov" (for government) and could be "site.mil" (for military).
This guide from the Libraries is waiting for an update but is still valuable: Government Information.
Read through your articles/websites and pull out important and related terms and synonyms to use as keywords when searching the library's databases.
Think of the scientific or technical term for common or controversial words, for example:
A good place to look for related terms is in the article record within the library databases, for example:
Try to avoid generic words like pros and cons or advantages and disadvantages. While these terms may work in Google, they are typically not helpful when using our library databases.
Spell out acronyms, especially if they have common alternative meanings
Add additional terms to refine your results
Combine terms using AND and OR
|"genetically modified organisms"||2,502|
|(gmo OR "genetically modified organisms")||4,380|
(gmo OR "genetically modified organisms") AND hunger
|(gmo OR "genetically modified organisms") AND (hunger OR famine)||40|
|(gmo OR "genetically modified organisms") AND (hunger OR famine OR drought)||96|
Where is the article?
Already have a citation?
TIP: Paste the title of the citation into Google, for example, "Cybersecurity skills: Foundational theory and the cornerstone of advanced persistent threats (APTs) mitigation".
Find a Journal
If we don't have an article or book:
Databases for Finding Journal Articles Concerning Engineering Ethics
Some Specific Journals / Conference Proceedings
Locate background information, for example:
Come up with keywords and their synonyms and related terms
Find articles using the library's databases, for example:
Use the Find it @ UT button to see if the full text of the article is available in another database or in print in the library.
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