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ASE/BME 333T - Engineering Communication - DeMont

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  • Academic Search Complete -  A comprehensive and scholarly database containing magazine, newspaper, and journal articles from across disciplines.  


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.​

Library Databases

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library is database of encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources to help find background information and define your topic. 
  • Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology is a full-text access to an internationally acclaimed reference source covering chemical and process engineering, industrial and applied chemistry, materials science, polymer science, biotechnology, and more.


 "There is fantastic information in books. Often when I do a search, what is in a book is miles ahead of what I find on a Web site." —Sergey Brin (Google co-founder)

Search the UT library catalog to find books, journals, DVDs, maps and more.

  • Start with a keyword search to find a book on your topic
  • When you find a good title, follow the subject headings for more books on the topic


  • Take note of the location of the book, we have over 10 libraries + lots of ebooks
  • Take note of call number this is how you will locate the book on the shelf.
  • Take note of the current status: If there is a due date listed instead of "available" that means the book is checked out to another person.  But you can request the book back by clicking on the Pick it Up link.
  • Click on the Pick it Up link to have a book, DVD, or CD sent to the library of your choice for checkout. 
  • You can request a scan of a book up to 50 pages by using the green Get A Scan button Get A ScanThis option may take a few days.

Can’t find what you are looking for?

  1. Request a copy thru InterLibrary Services (ILS) - ILS can obtain books, article photocopies, and other material not owned by the University of Texas libraries
  2. Request a book be added to the library via the Suggest a Purchase form 

Government websites are a wealth of information which include technical reportsstatisticsdata, legal cases, patents, case studies, and much more.  


I recommend using Google and filter your results by .gov (or .mil).


Select Sites:

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:

  • hydraulic fracturing | fracking
  • unmanned aircraft | drones 
  • vehicles or automobiles | cars

A good place to look for related terms is in the article record within the library databases, for example:

  • under the Subject Terms field in Academic Search Complete  
  • under Keywords in IEEE Xplore

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.  

  • ​If you need articles related to GMOs and their benefit to society consider using terms like “agricultural productivity” or hunger (as in the reduction of hunger)
  • If you are lacking information on the harmful aspects, try adding terms like health risks" or environmental

Spell out acronyms, especially if they have common alternative meanings

  • Search "near field communications" rather than NFC (e.g. National Football Conference; National Finance Center)
  • NOTE: Some acronyms are very established in the literature (e.g. RFID is more commonly used than radio frequency identification)
  • When in doubt, search using both terms

Add additional terms to refine your results

  • e.g. fracking AND wastewater

Combine terms using AND and OR 

  • AND narrows your search by looking for articles with all of the words
  • OR broadens your search by looking for articles with any of the words

Example Search

screen shot of boolean search


Search Term Hits
gmo  3,083
"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?

  1. Look around for a PDF or HTML button, image, or link (this may seem obvious, but some of our vendors make it difficult to locate the link to the full-text)
  2. Click on the burnt orange Find it @ UT button  available in findit@utto see if it is available in another database or in print in the library.
  3. Click the green Get a Scan button  if you find that your article is only available in print in the library, if so, the library staff will scan the article for you for free.

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".

  • If you are on campus and the library subscribes to journal and has the issue containing your article
    • you will get instant access to the article
  • If you are off-campus and the library subscribes to journal and has the issue containing your article
    • you can still get access to the article AFTER you have logged-in to our proxy server via UTDIRECT or one of our library database

Find a Journal

  • To see if we have access to a particular journal title (print or electron) use the Find a Journal link to see which database(s) provide online access and for which years.

If we don't have an article or book:

  • InterLibrary Services -  will obtain books, articles, and other material not owned by the University of Texas libraries.  


Ask for help! 

  • you are finding too little (or too much) on your topic
  • you can't get the full text of an article
  • you can't find a book or are having problems with an e-book
  • and remember . . . 

Locate background information, for example:

  • Wikipedia - authors are anonymous, vetted (maybe) by the public
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library - written by experts, vetted by editors
  • Books - library catalog
  • Government websites (you can find technical reports, statistics, and more) 

Come up with keywords and their synonyms and related terms

  • Read lots of articles and other resources, take note (keep a list) of new or related concepts
  • Library research is an iterative process - you should do multiple searches to get the best articles

Find articles using the library's amazing databases, for example:

  • Academic Search Complete 
  • AIAA 
  • IEEE 
  • Pubmed 

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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